NAPA RACING PRESS BOX FEATURING MARTIN TRUEX JR.


Auto Club Speedway

CORNELIUS, N.C. – Martin Truex Jr. and the "NAPA Know How" crew have led 146 laps in the first four races of 2011 - the most laps the Michael Waltrip Racing driver has ever led at this point in a NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Truex expects to add to that total - or at least lead the last lap - Sunday at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

No matter how he runs, Truex will look good. That's because he designed and now wears the black and yellow, camouflage NAPA Racing Cap that will be free with any purchase while supplies last at participating NAPA AUTO PARTS stores beginning in April.

Truex Quotes

Martin Truex Jr. on the NAPA Cap Giveaway: "NAPA came to me and asked if I would help design this year's cap and I did. I'm really pleased with how it turned out because when fans see it, they'll know it's something I would definitely wear and I do. We had a bunch of fans last weekend asking where they could pick one up and when I told them it was this year's free cap, they said they were going to NAPA to get one. I don't expect the cap to be in stock for very long."

Truex on Racing at the Auto Club Speedway: "Our mile-and-a-half program is the strongest it's ever been right now so we're excited about going back. Hopefully we can finish what we started at Bristol. I truly feel a win for this NAPA team is right around the corner. It's been a few years since I've been in victory lane and I look forward to going back. I have an incredible race team and as a group, we've only been together for a year so to see how we have progressed is impressive. A win for us is going to happen. I hope it's soon so some pressure will come off of them so we can keep having fun."

Additional Notes of Interest
  • Truex will participate in NASCAR's driver media availability on Friday. He'll be available for interviews at 2:45 p.m. PT in the drivers' meeting room.
  • Sunday's race marks the 194th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start for Truex.
  • This will be his 11th race at the Auto Club Speedway. He has two top-10 finishes. His average start is 14th and his average finish is 21st. He has completed 2,027 of 2,451 laps (82.7%).
  • On Sunday, NAPA Racing will host Honorary Pit Crew Member Ken Myers. He's been a NAPA store owner for nearly four decades and has locations in Big Bear Lake and Camarillo, Calif. He will be honored in NAPA pre-race festivities and have his name decaled on the No. 56 NAPA Toyota.
  • Now through April 15, fans can win free NAPA stuff like race tickets, Truex t-shirts and diecasts. Go to the NAPA Know How Facebook page to find out more.
  • Check out NAPA Reserve Online. Visit www.napaonline.com to make shopping for an auto part easier. Order online and pick up at your favorite NAPA AUTO PARTS store.
BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Friday, March 25 3:00PM: P1 SPEED
7:00PM: Qualifying SPEED
 
Saturday, March 26 2:30PM: P2 SPEED
4:00PM: HH SPEED
 
Sunday, March 27 3:00PM: Race FOX