Phoenix II: Truex Jr - Friday media visit

Martin Truex Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Impala SS met with media to discuss the changes he thinks could be made to the Car of Tomorrow, on running at Homestead, his plans for the off-season, three things he needs to do to win this...

Martin Truex Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Impala SS met with media to discuss the changes he thinks could be made to the Car of Tomorrow, on running at Homestead, his plans for the off-season, three things he needs to do to win this weekend, send-off plans for Dale Earnhardt Jr.,

COMPARED TO WHEN THE COT DEBUTED IN MARCH, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE GOOD CHANGES THEY'VE MADE TO THE NEW GENERATION RACE CAR? "Well, they really haven't made any changes. This biggest changes for all of us has been just getting a chance to work on the cars back at the shop and learn what they need and what we can do to make them run better. So just getting experience with them has been the big difference for us. I look forward to this winter when we can really work on them a lot. Atlanta was a good test for us to learn a bunch about the car for the bigger tracks, some stuff that we're really going to need to use a lot next year. So I'm definitely looking forward to learning more about it."

IS THERE SOMETHING NASCAR NEEDS TO DO TO IMPROVE IT BEFORE YOU HEAD TO DAYTONA? "I don't know. I think they can make it easier on us by making them drive a little better and let us travel a little bit more on the front end or something like that. But as far as the racing goes, it seems it's all been going pretty well. But I think it would definitely make them drive a little better for us."

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT RUNNING NEXT WEEK AT HOMESTEAD? "I'm looking forward to it. It's one of my favorite tracks. We finished second there last year. We've been pretty good at the 1.5-mile and 2-mile tracks. We've always been good there so I'm looking forward to it. I love that place and hopefully we can come away with a win there this year."

DO YOU HAVE ANY OFF-SEASON PLANS? "Not so far. I know I'm going to New York for the banquet and all that, so that's cool. I'll look forward to that. Hopefully I'll get enough time to go on vacation somewhere with my girlfriend. And my sister is getting married in January so I get to go to a wedding back home and that'll be fun. I don't know. I'll just relax and hopefully get in a few hunting trips in and stuff like that."

-credit: gm racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Martin Truex Jr.