CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Martin Truex Jr. is happy behind the wheel of his No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota and fishing on his bass boat. Truex pursued both passions last week at a Toyota Motorsports media event when he and pro bass angler Mike Iaconelli...
CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Martin Truex Jr. is happy behind the wheel of his No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota and fishing on his bass boat. Truex pursued both passions last week at a Toyota Motorsports media event when he and pro bass angler Mike Iaconelli enjoyed some driving and fishing. The day started with Truex giving a driving lesson to the 2003 Bassmaster Classic champion at Charlotte Motor Speedway then the New Jersey natives visited Truex's favorite fishing hole on Lake Norman. Both walked away with a newfound appreciation for what each other does for a living. Truex hopes his fishing luck holds true at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series holds its final restrictor-plate race of the 2010 season.
Martin Truex Jr. on Trading Places with Iaconelli: "I really enjoyed the experience because I love to fish and it was awesome to go out on his boat with his fishing gear on Lake Norman. I used the opportunity to learn as much as I could. It gave me some insight as to how he does things when he goes to a new lake and gets ready for a tournament. I definitely saw similarities in our jobs during the swap. There are a lot of ups and downs in our professions. He talked about how sometimes he has a great day and then the next day he can do the exact same thing and have a totally different and devastating result. I see the same thing in NASCAR. We both have to stay focused on what we are trying to do and do the best job we can."
Mike Iaconelli on his Experience with Truex: "The neat thing about it coming in, a lot of bass pros are hardcore NASCAR fans and I was kind of on that outer fringe and didn't know really a lot at all. If you want to talk about being immersed into a sport, I was. I was put on the track with one of the best drivers in the world and really got a lot of information firsthand. That was awesome and the nice thing about it was that when we got to flip-flop at the lake, a lot of these deals we do, you get put with another athlete that says he can fish and he can't. It was really nice because I could see just with what happened in a couple hours, he's a true fisherman. To cast around those docks like we were, you've got to know what you're doing. I appreciate the fact that he was honestly a true angler."
Truex On the Final Restrictor-Place Race of 2010: "Sunday I expect to see the typical Talladega race with the welcomed addition of my boss Michael Waltrip. We'll see three-or-four-wide racing sometimes. Some drivers will lay back and wait for the end. There will be a wreck. It's always an exciting race to run and for the fans, a great race to watch. The finishes over the last few years have been pretty wild and I think we'll see more of the same. I just hope the NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota will be one of the cars that can make it to the end. We had a good car and good speed so I hope we can get the luck we need. It's one of those races where if you are there at the end, you have a shot to win it."