Martin Truex Jr heads to Dover's Monster Mile

CORNELIUS, N.C. — No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr.’s appointment calendar is several pages long this week as he returns to his home track for Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

Martin Truex Jr., Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
Martin Truex Jr., Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota

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The 31-year-old Truex is 10th in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup just 34 points out of the lead heading into the third of the 10-race Chase. This week means more to Truex than the Chase alone.

His Martin Truex Jr. Foundation has contributed more than $1 million to worthy causes for kids in need and holds its annual fundraising efforts this week in around his hometown of Mayetta, N.J.—just 131 miles from Dover.

The Michael Waltrip Racing driver will visit the construction site Wednesday of the Martin Truex Jr. Pediatric Center at the Southern Ocean Medical Center in Stafford Township.

That evening he’ll lead the foundation’s annual fan event at the Holiday Inn Manahawkin. NAPA AUTO PARTS presents the foundation’s golf tournament Thursday at Sea Oaks Country Club followed by the 19th Hole Dinner Celebration.

Former Philadelphia Eagles safety Brian Dawkins will serve as the race’s grand marshal Sunday, but will also spend time with Truex on race day. Truex will wear a special Philadelphia Eagles race helmet that he helped design.

Truex joins Dawkins after the race in Philadelphia at the Eagles/Giants game where Dawkins’ number will be retired.

Source: Michael Waltrip Racing

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