Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Impala SS, met with members of the media and discussed where his team is right now, how he will approach Richmond, on the team's strategy if Dale Earnhardt, Jr. makes the Chase, on Mark Martin...
Martin Truex, Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Impala SS, met with members of the media and discussed where his team is right now, how he will approach Richmond, on the team's strategy if Dale Earnhardt, Jr. makes the Chase, on Mark Martin driving the No. 8, visiting the Eagles' training camp, the nature of the upcoming race, losing Tony Eury, Jr., Dover and what it means for the Chase, on what he will carry over from practice today, on how he thinks the Chase contenders will race, what he looks forward to about the Chase, whether or not he has a disadvantage in the Chase, on who the favorite to win the championship is, on his status now at DEI, how stressful the Chase can be, his first win, on trying to win 128 points in one race, starting the Chase at Loudon, having his team's lineup settled, his strategy and preparation for this race, his excitement on being in the Chase, common traits of NASCAR champions, on being calm, the finish line at Talladega, to be a sophomo re in the Chase and pit stop improvements and how his crew has grown.
Select quotes from driver interview:
ON HOW THE FANS WILL REACT TO MARK MARTIN DRIVING THE NO. 8 NEXT YEAR: "I don't know. Mark has a lot of respect from the fans and the media, people in the garage. Just everybody in general. Everybody really has a lot of respect for Mark and what he's been able to do for the sport. I think the fans will be easy on him. I think his chances of not making people mad by getting in it are a lot better than somebody else's would be so I think they'll be fine. I think they will welcome him. I know I do and hopefully everybody else will too."
ON LOSING TONY EURY, JR. AND HOW IT WILL AFFECT THE COMPANY: "It's going to change it. Tony Jr. has been a huge help to me and Bono since we came into the Cup series last year. Him and Bono have got a great relationship and it just kept getting stronger and it seems like now, our teams are stronger than they have been in the past and they're working better than they ever have. That's going to be the biggest thing I'm going to miss is working with Junior and Tony, Jr. Just all of us together seem to be always on the page. We talk the same, we try the same things. 90 percent of the races this year me and Junior have been this close on our setups. So it's going to be tough not having him to bounce stuff of off but we're going to have some great teammates and Tony Gibson and all those guys on the No. 8 car will do a great job next year and hopefully the relationship will continue to be strong with them and the other teams that are involved."
WHO IS THE FAVORITE TO WIN THE CHASE? "The favorite has got to be Jimmie Johnson. Obviously he is the defending champion and those guys just seem like no matter what happens they can find a way to get a good finish. Somehow, someway. they can run like crap all day and all of a sudden, he's in the top-10 with 20 to go. Where'd he come from, nobody knows. But they're really good at doing that and that's going to be hard to beat. We'll see. We've been able to do that lately here too so hopefully we can keep on doing it."
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