Richmond II: Martin Truex Jr preview

Truex Heads to Richmond Refreshed MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 2, 2008) -- After finishing 19th in last week's Sprint Cup event in California, Martin Truex Jr. knew he needed to get away for a few days. Therefore, the Dale Earnhardt Inc. driver...

Truex Heads to Richmond Refreshed

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 2, 2008) -- After finishing 19th in last week's Sprint Cup event in California, Martin Truex Jr. knew he needed to get away for a few days. Therefore, the Dale Earnhardt Inc. driver gladly accepted an offer to go hunting this week with Bill Jordan, the founder of REALTREE camouflage patterns.

The two spent a couple of days elk hunting in New Mexico and Truex was glad to get away from the stress of NASCAR racing.

"After finishing like we did in Fontana (Ca.), I just needed to take a break from racing," Truex said. "There's just something about being in the peace and quiet of the outdoors that takes my mind off of everything else. It's the best way I know of to relax and get refocused on my job. I always come back in a better mood than when I left."

As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Richmond International Raceway for Saturday's Chevy Rock and Roll 400, Truex has another reason to be excited: the return of crew chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and car chief Gary Putnam. Manion and Putnam had been serving six-race suspensions due to infractions found on the No.1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet at Daytona in July.

"It's going to be great having Bono and Gary back," continued Truex. "We've really missed not having them at the track and I know that they've hated not being there. Those guys are an important part of the team, and not having them at the track each weekend has been tough.

"The guys on the team fought through it as best they could, but that's asking a lot of them."

Mike Greci served as interim crew chief during the suspensions, and Truex thanked him for his efforts.

"Mike did a great job under tough circumstances," Truex said. "He went from leading our Camping World East Series efforts to working on Cup cars. Those are two different deals. He worked hard and kept us focused. I can't thank him enough."

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