CORNELIUS, N.C. – No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. considers himself a good road-course racer with a 2005 Nationwide Series victory at Mexico City along with two top-10s in Sprint Cup competition to his credit. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver returns to Infineon Raceway this weekend where he raced in third last year before a Turn 11 encounter with Jeff Gordon on lap 62 cost him a chance for the victory.
MARTIN TRUEX JR. ON INFINEON RACEWAY: "I've had good runs on road courses and I distinctly remember how good of a car I had last year at Infineon. The NAPA Toyota was third and got spun out and crashed. We had a really strong car and good qualifying effort. We were fast the whole day. Hopefully we can do the same and make it to the end this time. It's hard to believe it's been a year already, but I'm more than ready to go back. I just love going out there because it's something different. It's a change of pace for us. It should be fun."
ON REBOUNDING AT INFINEON: "My focus isn't going to be on any particular driver or what happened in the past. My focus is on my team and what we are doing. Everyone wants to win especially on a road course. It's a big deal and a great accomplishment for me. I've done it before and I can do it again."
ON TWO WEEKS WITH NEW CREW CHIEF CHAD JOHNSTON: "I think the biggest adjustment over the course of the last two weeks falls more so on Chad than on me. He now calls the race and that's totally new to him. He's been really good for me and does a great job keeping me calm. We definitely had something at Michigan. We ran up around the top 10 and Chad kept getting our NAPA Toyota better after each stop. The pit crew did a good job for me. We just had one lug nut problem on pit road that caused us to pit an extra time under green. We almost raced our way back onto the lead lap because we had reached the second-place car. It just didn't work out. The positive of it all was the car wasn't very good in the beginning, but within a stop or two, we raced up in the top 10. Our finish certainly wasn't an indication of the car we had, but all we can do is shake off the lug nut deal and keep working on it. We are so close."
|Friday, June 24||3:00PM: P1||SPEED|
|Saturday, June 18||2:30PM: P2||SPEED|
|Sunday, June 26||3:00PM: Race||TNT|