CORNELIUS, N.C. — No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. contended for the victory Sunday at Watkins Glen International en route to a third-place finish. The result catapulted the Michael Waltrip Racing driver from 14th to 10th place in the standings going into this weekend’s Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Truex finished third at Michigan in June. With four races remaining until the Chase, the NAPA driver finds himself involved in an intense battle for one of the 12 berths. Only 12 points separate positions eight through 12. Truex admits the point standings are close but he’s done being preoccupied with it.
“This season it seemed like every time we got into a comfortable situation in the standings, something out of our control happened like a mechanical issue, wreck or engine problem. I finally stopped paying attention to the points. It is what it is. It’s extremely close. At this point, we have to continue to run as well as we can and if we do our job, the points will work out. We are either going to qualify for our second-straight Chase or we are not. I know that we are giving it our all each and every week. Whatever comes with that, we are going to have to be satisfied with it and move on.”
Join us in cheering on Martin Truex Jr. and the NAPA Auto Parts Team at Michigan International Speedway this weekend. Or, catch all the racing action on ESPN, FoxSports1 and SPEED.
TV Schedule (All times Eastern Standard Time)
Friday, August 16
2:00 PM NSCS Practice Michigan on SPEED
3:30 PM NSCS Coors Light Pole Qualifying Michigan on SPEED
Saturday, August 17
8:30 AM NSCS Practice Michigan on FoxSports1
11:00 AM NSCS Final Practice Michigan on FoxSports1
Sunday, August 18
10:00 AM NASCAR Raceday Michigan on FoxSports1
12:00 PM NSCS Countdown Michigan on ESPN
1:00 PM NSCS: Pure Michigan 400 on ESPN
Martin Truex Jr. on Winning at Michigan:
“We’ve run really well there and I’ve always really liked that race track. I was worried that when they paved it I would not like it as much, but I still enjoy it. Typically, I like the faster race tracks — the bigger corners and more time spent in the throttle. Those are the kind of tracks typically that suit my style or that I’ve been really good at. Michigan is no different. I really enjoy going there — it’s super fast and it’s a lot of fun to race on. The track is obviously getting better each time we go back with being paved last year. We will get the tires to where they start wearing out then we’ll be able to start putting on some really good racing.”
MARTIN AT Michigan International Speedway:
In 15 starts, he has three top-five and five top-10 finishes. His average start is 13th and average finish is 16th.
TRUEX ON VICKERS TO 55 IN 2014:
“I’m really looking forward to having Brian on board with us full time in 2014,” said Truex. “He’s been a great addition to our program and am so happy to see him land this ride. I want to congratulate Aaron’s on Tuesday’s big announcement. They’re like NAPA, they’ve been a longtime partner of Michael’s and MWR. We cannot do this without any of our partners. I also want to thank Mark Martin. He’s been instrumental in helping our organization reach a whole new level of competition.”