Fontana II: Truex Jr - Friday media visit

Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media and discussed the effect of the heat, approaching the Chase, how he'll approach the new two races and if he'll be more conservative, on most...

Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media and discussed the effect of the heat, approaching the Chase, how he'll approach the new two races and if he'll be more conservative, on most drivers being locked in to the Chase and how it will affect racing at Richmond, his role as a leader following Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s announcement, his thoughts on drivers considered for the No.8 Chevy next year, if this is a breakout year for him, interaction with Regan Smith, dealing with the pressure of the Chase, racing at Richmond with the Impala SS, the challenge of the sun at California and DEI's future.

Select quotes from driver interview:

ON HOW HE APPROACHS THE NEXT TWO RACES: "Well we feel great about how our season's went. I've said it a few times that we've came from.we left here in the spring and we were 42nd in the points so we've came a long way. We still had a few bad finishes after that and some trouble but our cars have been fast all year long, my team's been doing a great job for me and we've been having a lot of fun this year. A lot of things have gone the way we wanted them too, a few haven't but for the most part it's been a really great year and we've just got to hang on to these next two and show them what we've got in the last 10."

WHAT ARE YOU OBJECTIVES FOR THE NEXT TWO RACES? "Same way we've done all year, go out and do the best job we can do. So far our car seems pretty good. We were second in practice and hopefully that will translate into a good qualifying run and that usually helps have a good race so so far the weekend started off good and we're just doing our thing, same thing we do every week and hopefully we'll have a great race car and we can stay in the top 10 all day and maybe have a shot at the win at the end."

ON REPORTS OF MARK MARTIN AND ARIC ALMIROLA SPLITTING DUTIES FOR THE NO. 8 NEXT YEAR AND IF THAT WERE TO HAPPEN IF THAT'S A GOOD DRIVER LINEUP FOR DEI: "Well I don't know. It sounds good but you never know until you get out there on the race track. You know guys change cars and drivers all the time and you go through the winter and everyone talks about how great they're going to be or how bad they're going to do and usually it's the opposite so we'll just see. You just never know until it's all worked out and we're at the race track. I enjoy working with all those guys. I know Regan a little bit. He's a very nice kid and he looks like he's got a lot of talent. It will be interesting to see what he can do, if he comes over, and the same with Aric. He's kind of got thrown to the wolves here lately with going to Bristol last week and that's a tough place to race anytime especially one of your first ones. Mark's high on both of them and if Mark thinks that they've got it then they probably do because he's a pretty smart guy."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Martin Truex Jr. , Regan Smith