Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media and discussed racing at Pocono, his outlook on the season, on how a bad race affects points standings, brake fade at Pocono, the improvement in ...
Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media and discussed racing at Pocono, his outlook on the season, on how a bad race affects points standings, brake fade at Pocono, the improvement in organization of DEI, his biggest concerns, how much a win helps his confidence, the tunnel turn at Pocono, on what has helped him improve, Denny Hamlin, on taking risks to get bonus points, on his performance at Infineon, on Mark Martin coming to DEI, on what the merger may mean for DEI, on his position in the points standings and his climb to success.
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WHAT TRACK IS YOUR BIGGEST CONCERN RIGHT NOW? "There's no one big roadblock that I'm looking at or one big obstacle that we have to conquer. It's more about being consistent and being smart; staying out of trouble. Two or three bad days will bite you quick. Like I said earlier, we broke an engine in Chicagoland and that was really disappointing. We lost a lot of points there. So that was frustrating. We could be 100 or so points ahead of where we are right now. So we just can't afford for that stuff to happen. We can't get in wrecks, we've got to keep the bad luck behind us. Junior had an engine problem last weekend and that was real tough for them. It hurt them a lot. We need to. not just me but both of our teams, we need to keep them things from biting us and just be consistent. Our cars are plenty fast enough each week to where if we don't have any trouble we should be in great shape. But it's just racing. You never know what's going to happen."
DO YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT GOING BACK TO WATKINS GLEN? "We didn't run very good at Sonoma, not nearly as good as we ran there last year so I was disappointed. I think we learned a lot about the new car for the road course; we took one of our short-track cars that we really liked and changed it over. I think we'll be a lot better at Watkins Glen. I've got more experience there and I think we learned a lot about the car. That's the main thing, is getting the car handling better."
ON MARK MARTIN: "He's done a lot so far. He's got a lot of experience and he's been around a long time and he's going to be great, not only for me but for Paul (Menard) to learn from. He's good at evaluating people as far as race teams are concerned. He knows what kind of people it takes to get the job done in the series because he's been doing it so long and he's really good at getting in there with the upper management and talking about the way to run the team. People really like Mark's opinion on things where as a young guy sometimes they say 'you don't know what you're talking about.' So Mark can get away with doing a lot for a race team and it's been no different here. We've already felt his hand touch all the teams."
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