Fontana II: Martin Truex Jr. preview

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Crew Chief Pat Tryson participated in the NASCAR "Chase for the Championship" in five out of the last seven seasons. It looked as though his Michael Waltrip Racing team and driver Martin Truex Jr.

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Crew Chief Pat Tryson participated in the NASCAR "Chase for the Championship" in five out of the last seven seasons. It looked as though his Michael Waltrip Racing team and driver Martin Truex Jr. would extend that streak but a string of late-summer bad luck put an end to the bid. With seven races remaining in the 2010 season and only four months until the 2011 season begins, Tryson and his team still have a busy agenda.

Crew chief Pat Tryson on Focus for Remainder of the Season: "My main job right now is to figure out how to get Martin a better car for at the end of the race. We've run a lot of races where our car was strong in over three-fourths of the race while the final fourth eluded us. Maybe for us it's a matter of tightening up the NAPA Toyota on each run because our car has a tendency to get too loose at the end of the race. It might be a small air pressure adjustment that will keep us well within the top 15 with a chance for a top-10 run. Once that's all figured out, we'll be in great shape. Martin's done a great job. All we need to do is get faster at the end. When we get that accomplished, we will be very good.

"I think what people need to remember is there are 43 cars out there on the track competing whether they are in the Chase or not. Everyone is trying to win the race and every competitor deserves the same amount of respect. I am incredibly fortunate to have contended for several Chase championships and now it's all about winning races for NAPA. We're using the track time to get stronger as a new team, and figure out what makes our cars go faster and take a few more chances on the track because we have nothing to lose."

Tryson on what makes California unique? "California is one of those tracks that is unique to me. It's a two-mile track that you wouldn't think you would have problems with traction coming off the corners. But in reality, it seems like the cars get pretty loose coming off the corners. The backstretch at California is also different especially off of Turn 2. You almost want a different gear when coming off of Turn 2. Ideally, I'd want to shift to get a good run down the backstretch, but obviously it's not allowed."

-source: mwr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Martin Truex Jr.
Teams Michael Waltrip Racing