Martin Truex Jr. heading to Talladega

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“Pray and then let it all hang out”

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 at Talladega Superspeedway.

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

Photo by: Action Sports Photography

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.

Michael Waltrip Racing

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