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Nov 24
2016

Highlighting Truex Jr.’s Productive 2016 Season

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November 24, 2016


DENVER, Colo. (Nov. 16, 2016) – Though he is not in the Championship 4 as he was last year, the 2016 season still had historical significance for Martin Truex Jr.

Truex, who will drive the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/Denver Mattress Toyota in Sunday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, started the season with a runner-up finish in the Daytona 500, losing to Denny Hamlin by one hundredth of second or fewer than six inches. It was the closest finish in the 58-year history of NASCAR’s biggest race.

Since the Daytona 500 opener Truex has amassed the following in 2016.


·      He has claimed four victories, the first time he won more than one race in a season. Entering the Homestead finale, he is tied for most wins in 2016.


·      His victory at the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte set an event record for laps led (392 out of 400) and also set a NASCAR record for most miles led in a race at 588.


·      He has captured five poles, snapping his previous season high of three set in 2009.


·      He has clinched the season mark for most laps led. Entering the final race he has led 1809 laps, 431 more than the second place lap leader Kyle Busch.


·      The 1809 laps he has led in first 35 races is more than triple of his previous season best of 581 set in 2007. (note: Truex led one lap in 2014, his first season with Furniture Row Racing)


·      He has led laps in 22 of the 35 races completed.


·      His average starting position entering Homestead is 9.2, nearly three positions better than his previous season best of 12.2 set last year.


·      For the second season in a row he will finish in the top 10. He currently sits eighth in points.

“I do admit there is some feeling of emptiness this weekend,” said Truex. “We felt all year that we had a championship caliber team and the goal was to be one of the four teams in Homestead vying for the title. We’re not one of those teams and that’s disappointing.

“However, looking back at the season we have made big gains and feel very proud of what we accomplished by winning races, winning poles and leading laps. Thanks to our owner Barney Visser, TRD (Toyota Racing Development), Joe Gibbs Racing alliance and to our talented team members, the Furniture Row Racing foundation is obviously stronger. A special thank you also goes out to our sponsors – Bass Pro Shops, TRACKER Boats, Auto-Owners Insurance, Toyota, Furniture Row, Denver Mattress and Visser Precision.

But before the final chapter is written for the 2016 season, Truex feels his Bass Pro Shops/Denver Mattress Toyota will have a shot at winning Sunday’s race.

One reason for Truex’s optimism is that Homestead-Miami Speedway has been one of his best tracks on the circuit. His average finish of 10.2 at the 1.5-mile oval is his personal best among all NASCAR Cup venues. His overall Homestead record includes three top fives and seven top 10s in 11 starts.

“No doubt, Homestead has been one of my better tracks,” noted Truex. “Hopefully we’ll put it all together by having a successful race and head into the offseason with a positive performance.”

Truex’s Career Record at
 Homestead-Miami Speedway
Year

Start

Finish

Status/Laps

Laps Led

2004

35

32

Tire,
251/271

0

2006

20

2

Running,
268/268

27

2007

15

6

Running,
267/267

3

2008

10

10

Running,
267/267

0

2009

14

9

Running,
267/267

0

2010

25

11

Running,
267/267

62

2011

2

3

Running,
267/267

5

2012

7

6

Running,
267/267

11

2013

8

4

Running,
267/267

0

2014

10

17

Running,
267/267

0

2015

11

12

Running/
267/267

3


Homestead-Miami Speedway Totals

Races

Win

T5

T10

Pole

Laps Led

AvgSt

AvgFn

DNF

11

0

3

7

0

111

14.3

10.2

1




Truex Jr.’s 2016 Results
No.

Date

Event

St

Fn

Laps

Led

Status

Points

Standing

1

2/21

Daytona 500

28

2

200/200

2

Running

40/40

2

2

2/28

Atlanta

9

7

330/330

34

Running

20*/60

2

3

3/6

Las Vegas

10

11

267/267

0

Running

30/90

9

4

3/13

Phoenix

8

14

313/313

0

Running

27/117

9

5

3/20

Fontana

17

32

204/205

21

Running

10/127

11

6

4/3

Martinsville

16

18

500/500

0

Running

23/150

11

7

4/9

Fort Worth

3

6

334/334

141

Running

37/187

11

8

4/17

Bristol

8

14

500/500

0

Running

27/214

10

9

4/24

Richmond

22

9

400/400

0

Running

32/246

10

10

5/1

Talladega

12

13

188/188

0

Running

28/274

9

11

5/7

Kansas

1

14

267/267

172

Running

29/303

10

12

5/15

Dover

7

9

267/267

47

Running

33/336

9

13

5/29

Charlotte

1

1

400/400

392

Running

45/381

7

14

6/6

Pocono

17

19

160/160

0

Running

22/403

9

15

6/12

Michigan

2

12

200/200

10

Running

30/433

8

16

6/26

Sonoma

3

5

110/110

0

Running

36/469

8

17

7/2

Daytona

15

29

127/161

1

Running

13/482

7

18

7/9

Kentucky

7

10

267/267

46

Running

32/514

7

19

7/17

Loudon

3

16

301/301

123

Running

26/540

7

20

7/24

Indianapolis

8

8

170/170

0

Running

33/573

7

21

8/1

Pocono

1

38

82/138

16

Accident

4/577

8

22

8/7

Watkins Glen

14

7

90/90

1

Running

35/612

8

23

8/14

Bristol

7

23

496/500

0

Running

18/630

8

24

8/28

Michigan

14

20

199/200

7

Running

22/652

8

25

9/4

Darlington

8

1

367/367

28

Running

44/696

8

26

9/10

Richmond

6

3

407/407

193

Running

30**/736

8

















2006***

6***

27

9/18

Chicagoland

6

1

270/270

32

Running

44/2050

1

28

9/25

Loudon

2

7

300/300

141

Running

36/2086

2

29

10/2

Dover

2

1

400/400

187

Running

45/2131

1

30

10/9

Charlotte

7

13

334/334

0

Running

28/3028

7***

31

10/16

Kansas

4

11

267/267

0

Running

30/3058

6

32

10/23

Talladega

1

40

41/192

2

Engine

2/3060

10

33

10/30

Martinsville

1

7

500/500

147

Running

2226****

9

34

11/6

Fort Worth

12

3

293/293

66

Running

39/2265

9

35

11/13

Phoenix

40

40

258/258

0

Accident

1/2266

8



Wins:  4
Top 5s: 8
Top 10s: 17
Poles:  5

Laps Led: 1809
DNF: 3
Avg. Start: 9.2
Avg. Finish: 13.3

     *penalized 15 points
     **penalized 10 points
    ***reseeded Chase points
   ****points reset



No. 78 Over-the-Wall Crew
Front-tire changer

Chris Taylor, West Plains, Mo.

Front-tire carrier

Chris Hall, Springfield, Mo.

Rear-tire changer

Lee Cunningham, Lake River, IL

Rear-tire carrier

Adam Mosher, Fort Mill, S.C.

Jackman

Bailey Walker, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Gasman

Brian Dheel, Norton, Ohio


No. 78 Road Crew
President

Joe Garone, Denver, Colo.

Crew Chief

Cole Pearn, London, Ontario, Canada

Car Chief

Blake Harris, Maypearl, Texas

Race Engineers

Jeff Curtis, Fairfax Station, Va.
Pete Craik, Melbourne, Australia

Data/IT/Engineer

Ryan Kelly, London, Ontario, Canada

Engine Tuner

Greg Huls, Beatrice, Neb.

Engine Engineer

Jon Grove, Mandurah, Australia

Engine Builder

TRD, U.S.A

Spotter

Clayton Hughes, Thomasville, N.C.

Shock Specialist

Nick Kerlin, Old Fort, Ohio

Tire Specialist

Tommy DiBlasi, Annapolis, Md.

Front-End Mechanic

Gary Frost, Romeo, Mich.,

Rear-End Mechanic

Nino Venezia, Philadelphia

Floater Mechanic

Todd Carmichael, Redding, Calif.

Transportation

Chuck Lemay, DeKalb, IL,  Barry Huston, Bloomingdale, Mich., Roy Miller, Elkridge, Md., Roger Pritchard, Hutchinson, Kan., Henry Benfield, Statesville, N.C.

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