Team Yellow tabs Truex for New Hampshire race Busch North stand-out to fill in for Spencer in ...
Team Yellow tabs Truex for New Hampshire race
Busch North stand-out to fill in for Spencer in #1 Chevy.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 2, 2002) - Martin Truex Jr., a regular in the NASCAR Busch North Series, will drive the #1 Yellow Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch Series race on May 11 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Truex takes the place of regular driver Jimmy Spencer, who will be taking advantage of the rare weekend off by Winston Cup to spend time with his family and to celebrate his son's birthday.
"This is a great opportunity," Truex said. "Everybody hopes to get a chance like this to get into top-notch equipment. I'm looking forward to doing my best. I want to do a good job for the team and for Yellow."
Truex was selected to drive the #1 Yellow Chevy because of his success at the New Hampshire International Speedway. The 22-year-old driver from Manahawkin, N.J., won his first-ever Busch North Series race two years ago at New Hampshire in dominating fashion. He led every lap of the 100-lap race, this after setting the qualifying record a day earlier. Last year, he recorded a pair of runner-up finishes at the one-mile track.
"I like racing at New Hampshire," Truex said. It's been a good track to me. "I've always seemed to run well there."
The New Hampshire race is the only one scheduled for Team Yellow in which Spencer will not be the driver. The decision to put Truex in the driver's seat gives Yellow Racing an opportunity to show its appreciation to its loyal fans and employees in the northeast. Truex will pull double-duty on Saturday, racing in the Busch 200 at 1 p.m. (EDT) and the Busch North 125 later that afternoon.
Truex, who grew up watching his father and uncle race on tracks in the northeast, began racing go-karts at the age of 11. He built his own racing equipment - including the motors - in his own back yard, and he instantly won feature events at the New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway. In 1993 he was Jr. Class Champion as New Egypt, and in 1994 he won the New Jersey Championship Series.
At age 18, Truex made the jump to racing modified stock cars. He finished sixth in the Wall Stadium modified division points race despite entering halfway through the 1998 season. The young driver won his first modified feature event on only his eighth night of racing. In 1999, Truex placed third in the championship standings, winning three feature events.
His biggest jump came the very next year when he began racing in the NASCAR Busch North Series in a car built at his family's shop, Truex Motorsports. He led flag-to-flag to win his first race at New Hampshire, a truly remarkable feat for such a young driver.
"That was a storybook weekend from the time we unloaded," Truex said. "Everything was clicking. I think we were at the top of the sheet in practice, then we set a new qualifying record, and then we led every lap to win the race. There's not a whole lot more you can ask for."
Truex added two more wins to his resume in 2001, taking first place at Thomp son Speedway and at Stafford Motor Speedway. In 20 events that year, Truex had two wins, one pole, nine top-five finishes and 11 top-10 finishes.
Spencer will return to the driver's seat of the #1 Chevy for the CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 (May 25) at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The 45-year-old driver from Berwick, Pa., has driven to Victory Lane three times since joining on with Team Yellow in 2001.