Martin Truex Jr, who cut his teeth on Jersey short tracks running modified cars isn't' forgetting where he came from.

Truex, who moved on to Busch North, and now the national Busch series is paying tribute to modified legend Ritchie Evens by running a paint scheme that is a replica of Evens 1983 championship car.

Evens, a Motorsports legend holds the record for most wins as a driver in NASCAR's modified division as well as winning more National Championships than Richard Petty or Dale Earnhardt with eight titles. His remarkable career was tragically cut short as the driver lost his life on the track at the Martinsville Speedway in 1983.

Making his first career start at the Lowes Motor Speedway, Truex wheeled the Chance 2 Motorsports Chevrolet.

"Ritchie Evens was my fathers hero on the track, he did have the honor of Racing against him", noted Truex, who is making his forth start for chance 2.

Chance 2 runs a part time Busch program with several different drivers, including team co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr.

"I really like running these tribute cars we are running, Ritchie Evens was a pioneer in the sport, and he was an inspiration to many in NASCAR, including myself, noted Earnhardt.

Truex's involvement with the team is considered developmental, and indications are that he is poised to run his first full time season in 2004.

The team faired well at Charlotte with Truex starting fourteenth and finishing seventeenth. Truex's best finish for the team was sixth place at the August Bristol event.

-thomas chemris, guest writer