Season Recap: Martin Truex Jr.

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Martin Truex Jr. at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.




By Dominic Aragon
Editor
December 14, 2015
daragon@theracingexperts.net

Martin Truex Jr.’s fourth place finish in points in 2015 marked a career-best for the driver as well as the first time in his Sprint Cup career he finished inside the top-ten in the driver standings.

Truex opened the season with seven consecutive top-ten finishes and 14 top-tens in the first 15 races.


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Martin Truex Jr. during a practice session at Phoenix International Raceway for the CampingWorld.com 500 in March.


Truex led 567 laps in 14 races, up from one total lap led in 2014.


Truex’s victory at Pocono Raceway in June, the third of his career, ended a 69-race winless streak for the driver, a win that virtually locked the driver into the Chase. 2015 marked Truex’s third Chase appearance and first since 2012.

A total of eight top-five finishes and 22 top-ten finishes in 2015 are the most for the second year Furniture Row Racing driver in a single season.  


QUOTES FROM THE SEASON

POST-RACE LAS VEGAS:

“I’m just really proud of everyone. I’m obviously very proud of Sherry and what she’s been through and everything I’ve learned from her to be a better person.

But I’ve just got to thank everyone at Furniture Row and ECR engines and everybody back at the shop for all their help. It’s just a solid weekend.

“The guys made good decisions and we’re not having any terrible weather. 


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Martin Truex Jr. races Jamie McMurray during the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway in August.

So, we’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing and find a little bit more speed and we’ll be able to some guys.


“Harvick was so fast all day. I got the lead on him once there on a restart and thought ‘Oh, this is pretty cool.’ But we didn’t have anything to hold him off. We’ll keep working and we’ll get better and hopefully this is a sign of things to come.”

 

POST-RACE
POCONO I:

“I've known that all year long, obviously, especially after the last couple weeks. 


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Martin Truex Jr. during a practice session at Kansas Speedway for the Hollywood Casino 400 in October.


I felt -- I've kind of throughout my career, I've kind of got used to the disappointment, honestly, and I've learned to deal with those days where it didn't go your way, even though you didn't do anything wrong. That can get a lot of people down, but I've learned kind of to deal with those.



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Martin Truex Jr. at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.

“You know, I wanted to win for this team because I knew how good they were, how much they deserved it, the job they've been doing, and I've just honestly been so proud of their outlook on the way this year has gone. 

It would be easy the last three weeks to get down and to hang your head and to make excuses and honestly just be disappointed, but they weren't. They were excited. They knew we were going to get this win, and they knew we were going to get it soon, and they worked hard.

“They didn't lose focus of how we got to where we're at, and honestly, that's what pushed us over the edge and was able to make the difference today.”


POST-RACE HOMESTEAD-MIAMI:
“Yeah, obviously a little disappointed in the way we ran this weekend, just never could—really never could quite hit on anything to get the car to do the things we needed it to. Not from a lack of effort. 

The guys really put a lot of effort into bringing this car here and really throughout the weekend we tried a lot, and we worked really hard on it.


“We weren't—we didn't have much speed in practice, and we changed a lot last night on it trying to kind of go a different direction. Just never could quite hit on it.

So a little disappointed in our run, but super proud of our season and really proud to come this far to come from 24th in points last year to 4th this year is a pretty big step, and I don't think most people realize just how big of a deal it is and how hard it was for us to get that far.

“Really proud of Joe and Barney and just everybody at our team, everybody back in Denver. You know, got to thank everybody obviously at ECR for great engines, and everybody at RCR for the past two years. 


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Martin Truex Jr. practices for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.

The alliance we had with those guys worked really well, and really want to say 'thank you' to them for treating us like one of their own.”




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