CORNELIUS, N.C. — No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. grew tired of watching it rain in Texas early this week so he’s now turning his full attention to Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race during the 2013 Talladega race weekend.
The Michael Waltrip Racing team arrived at Texas Tuesday morning for a two-day test but rain cancelled all activity. While it debates a makeup test, the No. 56 team leaves Thursday afternoon for Talladega where it qualified second and finished seventh in May. After 17 Sprint Cup plus four Nationwide starts on the Alabama restrictor-plate track, Truex has the perfect strategy for a good finish: “Pray and then let it all hang out,” laughed Truex
MARTIN TRUEX JR. ON TALLADEGA: “I probably feel the same way as the other 42 drivers feel. You keep your fingers and toes crossed. You say a few extra prayers in the hopes you will make it to the end. I always look forward to it. It’s an interesting race. We’ve tried everything when it comes to strategy. I have been wrecked going for the lead. I have been wrecked riding around in 35th and everywhere in between. It’s important to be up front. I feel like it is one of those deals where it is tough to hang back and take care of your stuff all day because it’s hard to get up to the front when it’s time to go. Hopefully we will be able to put ourselves in position to make something happen.”
TRUEX ON THE NAPA TEAM: “I sure would like to take my NAPA team back to victory lane this weekend. Right now, they deserve something good to happen. We’ve had a rough go of it lately. But it always could be worse. Hopefully all of this bad stuff is behind us and something good will come out of it. I believe it will. We’ll move on and make some good things happen.”
TV SCHEDULE (All times Eastern Standard Time):
Friday, October 18
2:30 PM NSCS Practice Talladega FoxSports1
4:00 PM NSCS Final Practice Talladega FoxSports1
Saturday, October 19
12:00 PM NSCS Coors Light Pole Qualifying Talladega FoxSports2
Sunday, October 20
10:00 AM NASCAR RaceDay Talladega FoxSports1
11:00 AM NASCAR RaceDay Talladega FoxSports2
1:00 PM NSCS Countdown Talladega ESPN
2:00 PM NSCS: Camping World RV Sales 500 Talladega ESPN
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Truex at Talladega
In 17 Sprint Cup Series starts, Truex owns one top-five and five top-10 finishes. His average start is 19th and finish is 22nd.
NAPA truck driver Tony Sessions defended his Freightliner Trucks Run Smart™ Hauler Challenge title. Sessions took home the $7,000 grand prize during Saturday’s pre-race festivities at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Sessions’s teammate, William “Stump” Lewis, finished third and collected a $3,000 check.