Charlotte: Martin Truex Jr. preview

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- So far Charlotte Speedweeks has been very good for NAPA Racing's Martin Truex Jr. He's coming off a Sprint Showdown victory and a runner-up finish in the All-Star Race. This weekend all eyes will continue to be on the ...

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- So far Charlotte Speedweeks has been very good for NAPA Racing's

Martin Truex Jr. He's coming off a Sprint Showdown victory and a runner-up finish in the

All-Star Race. This weekend all eyes will continue to be on the Michael Waltrip Racing driver. He's good with the attention especially since his NAPA ride will sport a special look for the

Martin Truex Jr.

Truex Jr. on momentum heading into Coca-Cola 600: "We felt good coming into last week's events a Charlotte because of the test we had and what we learned. The last few weeks we seemed to be getting better and better. We thought we were going to be real good coming here, so it wasn't unexpected. It wasn't like we just came out of the blue and won the Showdown. We've been competitive. But momentum is a big thing in this sport. You see it all the time. It worked for us a couple years ago. It seemed to just give us that confidence in each other and know that we can get it done. Hopefully it will do the same thing. But time will tell. I am looking forward to the 600 this week. I think we'll have a good car. The NAPA guys will obviously work on it and work on the issues we had during the All-Star Race. We'll get it better. We'll come back and try to do what we can do. It should be fun."

Truex on the challenges of the event: "The Coca-Cola 600 is different in that it is so long. It starts in the daytime and ends at night. Charlotte is one of the most notorious tracks for changing with the weather conditions and even throughout the day. There are so many changes. You almost get to the end and forget about the beginning of the race. It feels like it's just a night race because it is so long. You just go out there and try and stay on the race track. Just keeping up with its changes are what makes it one of the most difficult tracks on the circuit."

Truex on the Charlotte track: "I got my best finish at Charlotte last weekend. It's not been one of my better tracks. The last couple of years we have had some really good runs. I feel with Pat Tryson and the guys on the NAPA team, they have been giving me great cars -- but really, Charlotte is just different. It is very fast and I enjoy the challenge. Turns 3 and 4 and Turns 1 and 2 are completely different. That's what I think is the biggest challenge with it besides the fact that it changes more than anywhere we go."

-source: mwr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Martin Truex Jr.