Birthdate: June 29, 1980
Marital Status: Single
Hometown: Mayetta, NJ
While Martin Truex Jr. was polishing his skills as a driver, he worked on a clam boat for his father's family-owned seafood business, SeaWatch
International based in Mayetta, N.J.
Now he's embarking on his next voyage as the driver of the NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup
Series. This season marks Truex's fifth full season in NASCAR's top division and his first with veteran crew chief Pat Tryson.
Looking back at last year, Truex became one of the sport's most sought out drivers until NAPA AUTO PARTS chose him as Michael Waltrip's successor on
July 7 before a live television audience and a packed house of media, sponsors, employees and fans at MWR. By season end, the 29-year-old driver finished
23rd in the championship point standings that included three poles, one top-five and six top-10 finishes.
Truex has come a long way since his debut as Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s relief driver on Oct. 31, 2004. One of his biggest accomplishments in the NSCS came
just two seasons into his career. That's when he won his first points-paying race at his home track of Dover International Speedway on June 24, 2007. He
led over half the race and finished seven seconds ahead of the runner-up Ryan Newman. His impressive season also included a visit to victory lane on May
19, 2007 at Lowe's Motor Speedway when he won the NASCAR Sprint Showdown which earned him a coveted spot in the All-Star race. He kept up the fast
pace by posting the quickest time at Texas Motor Speedway in the fall to win his first pole award. In addition, he went on to qualify and finish 11th in the
Chase championship point standings with a win, seven top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. The following year, he continued to persevere to earn three top-five
and 11 top-10 finishes. He ended up 15th in the championship point standings.
Truex's road to the NSCS was paved with success when he won two NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) championships in the No. 8 Dale Earnhardt Inc.
(DEI) entry. His first championship came in 2004 at the age of 24. He recorded six wins, seven poles, 17 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes enroute to his first
NNS championship. The next season, Truex did not disappoint as he defended his championship title by visiting victory lane six times. He also racked up
three pole awards, 15 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes.
With two championships to his credit, it was a natural progression for Truex to be named driver of the No. 1 entry for the 2006 NSCS season for DEI.
During his rookie year, he recorded two top-five and five top-10 finishes that resulted in a very respectable 19th place in the championship standings.
Reflecting back onto Truex's childhood, he started racing at age 11 when he first climbed behind the wheel of a go kart. The New Jersey-native captured
several race wins and championships at New Egypt Speedway over the next seven years. Days following his 18th birthday, Truex followed in his father's
footsteps and sat behind the wheel of his first modified at Wall Stadium Speedway. The highlight of his young career came later that season when he won
the prestigious Wall Stadium Turkey Derby, a race his father won years earlier.
Truex's earlier successes enabled him to make the transition into the NASCAR by running in the Camping World Series (NCWS) with support from his
family-owned race team, Truex Motorsports in 2000. He caught the attention of the racing community – including Richie Gilmore, director of the engine
shop at DEI at the time -- when he collected five wins and 13 poles over the course of three years. Gilmore alerted Dale Earnhardt, Jr. of Truex's talent. As
fate would have it, Earnhardt, Jr. was looking for a driver for Chance 2, a NNS team jointly operated by DEI. Truex made his first start for the team in
2003 at Richmond International Raceway and the rest is now history.
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