Martin Truex Jr. Excited to Start 2016
NASCAR Sprint Cup Season
What a difference a year makes. That statement couldn't be any more true for New Jersey native Martin Truex Jr. At this time last year the driver of the Furniture Row Racing number 78 headed to Daytona coming off his worst season in NASCAR.
There were questions about his abilities as a driver, and if a one car team located in Colorado, with little sponsorship, could compete at the highest levels of the sport.
Truex, and Furniture Row Racing, answered those questions emphatically. They won a race, they qualified for the Chase, and were one of only four teams left with a shot at the Sprint Cup championship heading into the final race of the season at Homestead. Beyond that they proved they belonged by consistently running up front with drivers like Kevin Harvick, Joey Lozano, and eventual champion Kyle Busch.
Simply based on last season's performance Truex would have every reason to be excited for 2016, but there is much more to his exuberance. The team announced a change of car manufacturer from Chevrolet to Toyota in the off season, which brought a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing. He also picked up some much needed sponsorship help from a familiar source, Bass Pro Shops.
"I feel really good about what we have, and am much more confident entering this season than last year. However, what we accomplished last year there’s a lot of expectations to live up to. We have great new partners in Toyota and Bass Pro Shops. I’ve had very good experiences with both of them in the past and admire how much they put into their racing programs. Right now it’s all about making the transition of having a new manufacturer and a new technical alliance. We’re having new cars built and it will be up to us to figure them out. We obviously want to keep the learning curve very short," said the driver of the number 78 Toyota.
First up for Truex will be the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona this weekend, followed by front row qualifying for the Daytona 500. The Jersey driver should feel confident about his chances in both. Last season he led 28 of the 75 laps in the Sprint Unlimited, before finishing second.
He has also become known as a good restrictor plate race qualifier, nearly capturing the Daytona 500 pole two years ago with an outside row start.
Both the Sprint Unlimited, and Daytona 500 pole qualifying will be covered by FOX. The Sprint Unlimited will air on Saturday night at 8pm, while qualifying can be seen at 1pm on Sunday.
Truex will drive a Furniture Row/Denver Mattress number 78 Toyota in the Sprint Unlimited, and a Bass Pro Shops Toyota in the Daytona 500.
Sherry Pollex Continues Cancer Fight with
Release of SherryStrong T-Shirt
Sherry Pollex, the long-time girlfriend of NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Martin Truex Jr., recently completed her final chemo treatment in her ongoing battle with ovarian cancer. Already heavily involved in the battle against childhood cancer, through her work with the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, her own diagnosis brought a new fight to this special woman.
Rather than keep her situation private Sherry instead chose to go public in hopes of helping other women, both now and in the future. She made numerous appearances, including a trip to Washington, D.C. to make a plea for more funding to fight the disease.
SherryStrong was a hashtag often used on Twitter during discussions involving her, and her fight. So it is only appropriate that a SherryStrong ladies t-shirt is now available for purchase on the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation website with proceeds going toward ovarian cancer research.
The website is a great source for Martin Truex Jr. fans as the driver heads into the 2016 season, especially considering the great work this organization has done, and continues to do. So if you are a Truex fan what better way to show your support, and do some good at the same time.