By admin | August 29, 2011
By Richard Allen
At one time Martin Truex, Jr. looked to have a promising career ahead of him in NASCAR racing. The Mayetta, New Jersey native won Nationwide Series titles in 2004 and 2005 while driving for Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
That success propelled Truex into a fulltime Sprint Cup ride for DEI beginning in 2006. Driving for a fully sponsored team with what was at the time considered a top organization made it seem an easy prediction to declare that many wins and perhaps even championships were to come.
And there was a certain degree of early success as Truex scored one win and fourteen top-10s in his second full Cup season. However, there has been little progression since then. Unfortunately for Truex, a falling among the major players at DEI did little to serve the career of this seemingly up and coming driver. As a matter of fact, the next two seasons saw no more wins and a decline in the number of top-10s
After the 2009 season, Truex left the then labeled Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team for Michael Waltrip Racing in hopes that a change of scenery might improve his results. But success has been extremely limited. Last year, there was only one top-5 and seven top-10s all season. This year has barely seen any improvement. Saturday’s 2nd place was only the second top-5 of 2011 to go along with eight top-10s.
Granted, there have been good early runs that have fallen short for a myriad of reasons, but getting those good runs to the finish is the difference between greatness and mediocrity for drivers and teams.
At one point, it looked as if Truex might even have a shot at winning in Bristol as he led late in the event after a bit of pit strategy. But even without the win, there was reason to celebrate and those have been few and far between lately.
For whatever reason, what appeared to be a promising career has turned out to be somewhat disappointing and underwhelming for Martin Truex, Jr. It remains to be seen if there can be any more improvement from here and if this was a step in the right direction or merely an anomaly.
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