CORNELIUS, N.C. -- No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. admits he has a love-hate relationship with Martinsville Speedway. The flat, half-mile, asphalt-concrete, paper-clip-shaped track is one of the most challenging tracks on the...
CORNELIUS, N.C. -- No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. admits he has a love-hate relationship with Martinsville Speedway. The flat, half-mile, asphalt-concrete, paper-clip-shaped track is one of the most challenging tracks on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver posted his best finish of the 2010 season and best career finish at Martinsville in March when he finished fifth.
Martin Truex Jr. on Returning to Martinsville: "I have a love-hate relationship with Martinsville and if you ask (crew chief) Pat (Tryson) so does he. So far, our best finish of the season has been Martinsville. We're proud of that top-five and I would never have predicted it. I've really learned a lot about the place during the last few times I've raced there. We just need to take what we learned in the spring and try to better ourselves. Obviously, that's the plan going into each weekend, but sometimes it doesn't always work out as planned. For now, we are going with a game plan and I am looking forward to it. It should be good."
On the Track's Challenges: "Martinsville is a tricky little track. The guys who run good have brakes that will last all day. You have to have brakes in order to have a shot at a decent run. The car also has to be to able to turn in the center of the corner and have good forward drive. It's what we fight for at all of the short tracks, but it seems like we fight for it even more at Martinsville. The concrete corners and asphalt straight-aways are one of the reasons why it's hard to find just the right balance."
On the Final Five Races: "We've got just five races left in the season. We understand what we need to do to be better. It sure would be nice to see a little bit of that light at the end of the tunnel. We want to be able to go into the off season with some momentum and confidence as it relates to the things we are currently working on to improve. I believe we are moving in a good direction, we just need to change the 95 percent of our race running in the top 10 to running 100 percent in the top 10. We need our final results to reflect the speed we currently have in our NAPA Toyota. I remember back in 2006, we ended the year really strong. We had a couple of top-five finishes and a second-place at Homestead. That momentum carried into 2007. We continued really strong and made the Chase. It is extremely important to us to finish out this year on that same strong note. The things we are doing are working. We just need to perfect them in the winter. It's my hope we can come out of the box swinging in Daytona."