Martin Truex Jr. eager to get on track in Phoenix

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“What I like about Phoenix is the options it provides"

CORNELIUS, N.C. — No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. and crew chief Chad Johnston are eager to get on track at Phoenix International Raceway for Sunday’s 312-lap event.

Martin Truex Jr., Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
Martin Truex Jr., Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota

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The one-mile oval is one of their favorites and the No. 56 has been one of the fastest cars the last two years. But mechanical issues slowed those outings. If that bad luck evens out this weekend in the desert then Truex could be one of the favorites to visit victory lane.

TRUEX ON PHOENIX: “Phoenix is one of my favorite tracks but the last two races there have not been good at all for us. Last year, we went out on lap 2 after starting on the front row. Then back in March, we lost power just 50 laps in and had to go behind the wall for repairs. We went back out and had one of the fastest cars on track. Regardless, we turned a negative into a positive by using the track time to prepare for this weekend’s race. Granted we’ve improved our NAPA Toyota over the course of this season but Chad and I expect to have an even faster car this time out.

“What I like about Phoenix is the options it provides. Even after the repave, you can try different lines to see where your car works best and where you can complete a pass. I expect fans to see plenty of side-by-side racing. The fans like it and so do the drivers. I can’t wait to get out there and see if Chad and I can finally win at this place. He has always provided me with fast cars there. We just lacked some of the luck needed to close the deal. It would be great to go back to victory lane together before the season ends. It would mean a lot to us, NAPA, and of course, all the employees at Michael Waltrip Racing.”

Traci Hultzapple

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