By admin | February 6, 2012
By Richard Allen
Martin Truex, Jr. has been racing full time at NASCARâ€™s Sprint Cup level since 2006 and has relatively little to show for those years considering that he has been in reasonably good equipment in that time. The driverâ€™s lack of quality results has no doubt come as somewhat of a surprise after he won two consecutive Nationwide Series championships in 2004 and 2005.
Over the course of his career, Truex has but one victory at NASCARâ€™s highest level. He has produced just seventeen top-5 finishes with seven of those coming in the 2007 season. That was the year in which that lone victory was registered in Dover.
In somewhat of a strange note, Truexâ€™s Dover win probably received as little coverage as any triumph in modern NASCAR history. The race was run on a Monday after the original date was rained out. And, it was the same day in which former NASCAR boss Bill France, Jr. died.
Truex has also managed only 56 top-10 results in 225 career starts.
After the 2009 season Truex left Earnhardt Ganassi Racing to join forces with Michael Waltrip Racing in hopes of improving his fortunes. The season after leaving EGR, new driver Jamie McMurray won the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400 and the Bank of America 500 in Charlotte in the ride Truex vacated.
On the other hand, the move to MWR has provided no significant improvement. In 2010, Truex had but one top-5 and seven top-10s. The 2011 season was slightly better with three top-5s and twelve top-10s.
According to the Jayski.com team page, Truexâ€™s contract with MWR will expire at the end of this coming season. Also, team sponsor NAPA will have its agreement with that team run out after the 2012 campaign.
The sport is littered with drivers and former drivers as well as abandoned teams who found themselves in the same situation this past season.
Needless to say, 2012 is a pivotal year for this driver and team. With sponsors in short supply throughout NASCAR, a team such as this can ill afford to lose one that is already in place. It would seem as though better performance is not just something that would be a good idea for Martin Truex, Jr. and Michael Waltrip Racing this year, but rather, something that is a necessity.
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