Martin Truex Jr. Tale of the Tape
Martin Truex Jr. vs Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick & Brad Keselowski
Heavyweight Battle for NASCAR Cup Series Season Title
1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway
267 laps, 400 miles
Nov. 19, 2017
Note: The final four driver with the best finish in Sunday’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be crowned the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series Champion.
Martin Truex Jr.
Hometown: Mayetta, N.J.
Team: Furniture Row Racing
Owner: Barney Visser
President: Joe Garone
Crew Chief: Cole Pearn
Homestead Car: No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota Camry
Championship 4 Appearances
This will be Truex’s second Championship 4 appearance. The other was in 2015 also with Furniture Row Racing.
Q: Your thoughts about being called the favorite?
A: “If I am the favorite, perfect, I like that. I think it’s a better position to be in. I was the underdog before and finished fourth, so yeah, bring it on.”
Q: How are you going to handle the pressure?
A: “I don’t think it’s any extra pressure at all. I have a lot of respect for the other three guys. Two of them (Busch and Harvick) were in the final four when I made it in 2015. Definitely have a little bit of experience in this position, but just honestly excited about the opportunity. I feel we’re in a whole lot better spot as a team than we were the first time we had a shot at it. I have a lot of confidence in our team right now and what we’re doing. We’re going down to Miami and just have fun and do what we know how to do – the best job we possibly can and hopefully come out on top.”
Entering Homestead, Truex is the statistical leader in the following categories
Top 5s: 18
Top 10s: 25
Laps Led: 2175
Fastest Laps Run: 1,319
Miles Led: 2,941.23
Stage Wins: 19
Starting Position: 6.9
Average Finish: 9.7
Driver Ranking: 115.7
Abbreviated List of Truex’s Career Season Highs
Wins: 7 (previous 4)
Top 5s: 18 (previous 8)
Top 10s: 25 (previous 22)
Laps Led: 2175 (previous, 1809)
Truex’s NASCAR Records Set in 2017
Most season wins on a 1.5 mile track (6)
Most consecutive wins on a 1.5-mile track (4-Kentucky, Chicago, Charlotte, Kansas)
Truex Playoff Record, 2017
In the nine playoff races Truex has three wins and eight top fives for an average finish of 4.7. Take away the Talladega race where he was involved in a multicar crash, his average finish is 2.4.
No. 78 Over-the-Wall Crew, 2017
Chris Taylor, West Plains, Mo.
Chris Hall, Springfield, Mo.
Lee Cunningham, Lake River, IL
Adam Mosher, Fort Mill, S.C.
Bailey Walker, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Brian Dheel, Norton, Ohio
No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Road Crew, 2017
Joe Garone, Denver, Colo.
Cole Pearn, London, Ontario, Canada
Blake Harris, Maypearl, Texas
Ass’t Car Chief
Greg Emmer, Allenton, Wis.
Jeff Curtis, Fairfax Station, Va.
Pete Craik, Melbourne, Australia
Gregg Huls, Beatrice, Neb.
Toyota Racing Development (TRD)
Clayton Hughes, Thomasville, N.C.
Nick Kerlin, Old Fort, Ohio
Tommy DiBlasi, Annapolis, Md.
Nino Venezia, Philadelphia
Rob Fairweather, Westbrookville, N.Y.
Eric Cragun, Pleasant View, Utah
Ed Watkins, Richmond, Va.
Chuck Lemay, DeKalb, IL, Barry Huston, Bloomingdale, Mich., Roy Miller, Elkridge, Md., Roger Pritchard, Hutchinson, Kan. Henry Benfield, Statesville, N.C.