NAPA RACING PRESS BOX FEATURING MARTIN TRUEX JR.


Dover International Speedway

CORNELIUS, N.C. – No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS driver Martin Truex Jr. might be 20th in points but closer inspection of NASCAR's loop data shows his Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota is as fast as the sport's best. A variety of issues have thwarted good runs in 2011, but it's clear from the data that once Truex avoids the maladies, he and his car have as much speed as anyone battling for one of the 12 spots in the Chase. Turning that speed into a victory could come this weekend when the Mayetta, N.J. native returns to his home track of Dover (Del.) International Speedway where he earned his lone Sprint Cup victory in 2007

Truex 2011 Loop Data Rankings (after 10 Races)
Average Running Position: 12th (15.35)
Driver Rating: 15th
Fastest Driver Early in a Run: 4th
Fastest Driver Late in a Run: 15th
Fastest Laps Run: 11th
Fastest Drivers on Restarts: 1st
Green Flag Speed: 9th
Laps in Top 15: 15th
Laps Led: 13th (103)
Percentage of Laps on Lead Lap:: 13th (79%)
Quality Passes: 7th (712)
Fastest Speed in Traffic: 7th
Truex Quotes

MARTIN TRUEX JR. THOUGHTS HEADING INTO DOVER: Sunday's race marks Truex's 200th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start. In 10 starts at Dover, he has one win (June 4, 2007), one pole (May 16, 2010), one top-five and three top-10 finishes. His average start and finish is 17th.

"I'm hoping that happens this weekend at Dover. It will be my 200th Sprint Cup start. It's also where I won my first Sprint Cup race and last year I got my first pole with the team. A lot of good things have happened there and it's one of my favorite tracks. It's close to home. Last fall, we had a really good car and ran up in the top two or three for most of the race. Our NAPA Toyota has been really fast all season long so with all the good stats at Dover, maybe we can add another by getting us a win."

Additional Notes of Interest
  • Saturday's race marks the 199th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start for Truex. In five starts, he has one top-10, four top-15 and five top-20 finishes.
  • NAPA Racing will honor David Nicholas Porter as the Honorary Pit Crew Member of the race. David lost a 14-month battle against a Wilms' tumor on Aug. 25, 2006. He was just four years old. His family will be on hand to help NAPA honor him in pre-race festivities and see his name decaled on the No. 56 Toyota. For more information on David's story visit: www.thedavidnicholasfoundation.org.
  • Martin's younger brother Ryan Truex will be racing in Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Dover. He'll be driving the No. 99 Pastrana-Waltrip Racing Toyota Camry and ESPN has selected him to be the in-race reporter. Check out the in-car decals as they will be NAPA AUTO PARTS. Race coverage begins Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
  • 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, May 13 11:00AM: P1 SPEED
2:30PM: HH SPEED
 
Saturday, May 14 12:00PM: Qual SPEED
 
Sunday, May 15 1:00PM: Race FOX