Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
38-Year-Old Driver  
Joe Gibbs Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 2017 champion couldn't successfully defend his crown last season, but he made it to Homestead and the Championship Round of the Chase as a part of the four-driver finale. Truex would press Joey Logano hard over those closing laps, but couldn't muster the win that would deliver the championship. Still, it was a very successful campaign for the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 team with four wins and 21 Top-10 finishes. Unfortunately, Furniture Row had to close the doors at the conclusion of the 2018 season. Truex and his ace crew chief, Cole Pearn, head to Joe Gibbs Racing for this season and take over the No. 19 Toyota that Daniel Suarez raced the last two seasons. It should be a pretty seamless transition as Furniture Row was using JGR equipment, engines and technical support the last few years. Read Past Outlooks
Eighth-Place at Auto Club Speedway
NASCAR Cup
March 18, 2019
Truex Jr. finished eighth in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway Sunday afternoon.
ANALYSIS
The handicap of starting 27th on the grid would be a huge obstacle to overcome for Truex. Getting through traffic in dirty air was a difficult task for the driver of the No. 19 Toyota. Despite not having the best car, the JGR star would march forward. He really made the best of a difficult situation to finish eighth in this 400-mile race. It was Truex's fourth Top 10 of the season, and he leaves California seventh overall in the championship standings.
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If the last three seasons have shown us anything, it's shown us that there has been a changing of the guard at the top of the rankings. Truex and his Furniture Row Racing team have gradually improved during that time and have gone from a second-tier team to the top of the heap. The veteran driver snatched eight victories and 26 Top-10 finishes, both career marks, last season and ran away with his first Monster Energy Cup Series championship. With the recent retirement of several veteran drivers and the ebbing of Jimmie Johnson's dominance, Truex now stands as the driver to beat going into the 2018 campaign. Toyota has risen to the top of the manufacturer battle, crew chief Cole Pearn has become the hottest chief in the garage area, and Truex has elevated his game to a level not seen before in his 14 seasons of racing at NASCAR's top level.
The upstart little racing team from Colorado can no longer be looked at as a second-tier operation. Truex has taken the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team to the next level, and the move to Toyota appears to have been a good decision after one season. The veteran driver has combined to win five races in the last two seasons, with four of those coming in 2016 alone. Now with two Chase appearances in tow, Truex is racing alongside the elite in the sport each weekend and rubbing fenders for wins. Crew Chief Cole Pearn may be one of the more gifted and up-and-coming chiefs in the Monster Energy Cup Series garage. Truex, Pearn and this entire team returns intact for the upcoming season, so we expect big things. We wouldn't even rule out a run at the championship in 2017.
Given the disastrous season that Truex had in his debut at Furniture Row Racing, it was hard to see last season's performance coming. The veteran driver was winless and had only five top-10 finishes in 2014. He would return to the No. 78 Chevrolet in 2015 and win his first race in two seasons, grab a career-best 22 top-10 finishes and make a very deep run in last season's Chase for the Cup. Nothing about the rebound makes sense, short of the crew chief position. That is the one factor that did turnover between 2014-15. Cole Pearn replaced Todd Berrier, and he formed great chemistry with Truex right out of the gate. Truex posted top 10s in the first seven races of last season and never looked back. Furniture Row Racing will change from Chevrolet to Toyota in 2016, so there could be some growing pains, but optimism is running very high with this team at present.
Coming off the best season of his nine-year Sprint Cup Series career, Truex enters an uncertain 2013. He posted a career-best 19 Top-10 finishes and tied a career-best with an 11th-place finish in the driver standings last season. With all those accomplishments the driver of the No. 56 Toyota still came up winless even though he had a couple close brushes with victory lane. We don’t expect a complete collapse from Truex in the upcoming season, but the last campaign is probably the high water mark for this driver. Instead we expect to see a performance similar to 2011 for the Michael Waltrip Racing veteran. A season of 12 to 14 Top-10 finishes is most likely in store.
Truex is the two-time defending Busch Series champion and most hyped rookie in the 2006 class. Don't expect a sequel to Kyle Busch's 2005 rookie campaign, but there will be a few good races for Truex this season.
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Runner-up Finish at Phoenix
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March 10, 2019
Truex Jr. finished second in the Ticket Guardian 500 at ISM Raceway Sunday afternoon.
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Battles to Eighth-Place in Las Vegas
NASCAR Cup
March 4, 2019
Truex Jr. battled a tight-handling race car to finish eighth in Sunday's Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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Runner-up Finish at Atlanta
NASCAR Cup
February 24, 2019
Truex Jr. finished second in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Crash in Daytona 500
NASCAR Cup
February 17, 2019
Truex Jr. crashed and finished 35th in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Fast Daytona 500 Practice
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February 9, 2019
Truex Jr. was fastest in opening practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway Saturday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 195.920 mph.
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