Michigan II: Martin Truex Jr. preview

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- NAPA Racing's Martin Truex Jr. visits Michigan International Speedway after enjoying three days of smallmouth bass and salmon fishing at one of his favorite fishing holes in Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, Mich. The...

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- NAPA Racing's Martin Truex Jr. visits Michigan International Speedway after enjoying three days of smallmouth bass and salmon fishing at one of his favorite fishing holes in Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, Mich. The welcomed break comes after last weekend's 15th-place finish at Watkins Glen International, his 10th top-15 of the season, and a trip to Philadelphia to throw out the first pitch at the Phillies-Mets game.

The 30-year-old Mayetta, N.J. native likes his chances this weekend and expects to improve upon his 17th-place finish at MIS on June 13. He and Crew Chief Pat Tryson should excel as the pair visit tracks for the second time together this season. Twelve of the final 14 races are at venues that have hosted a NASCAR Sprint Cup race in 2010.

TRUEX ON FISHING IN MICHIGAN: "This is the second time this season that I have come up here to take a break from it all and just fish. I absolutely love it because I enjoy the challenge of catching fish. Since I was a little kid I loved to fish. For me, it's all about the catch and the challenge of finding the fish and making them bite when they don't want to bite."

ON ATTENDING SATURDAY'S PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES GAME: "I have thrown out a pitch before, but I did it along with five or six other guys. This time it was just me and it was a real honor to do it. It was a packed house at the Citizens Bank Park. I did not realize it, but it was Toyota Phillies Alumni Night! I literally walked out onto the field with 40 players from the Phillies past and it included Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton and Jim Bunning! It was such an added bonus for me to experience that."

ON RETURNING TO MICHIGAN: "I absolutely expect the NAPA team to be even better now that we are returning to tracks for a second time. We've learned a lot as a new team and are bringing back even better NAPA Toyotas. Sometimes it's not a matter of what to do but what not to do based on what we've learned. I expect nothing but good things because with this being me and Pat's first year together, we finally have a book of notes to work off of so it will be an advantage for us."

-source: mwr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Martin Truex Jr.