Truex, Home Grown Hero from the Garden State By: Thomas Chemris Martin Truex Jr entered the 2004 NASCAR Busch season as one of the teams to beat. During a six race tryout with Chance 2 Motorsports, the young New Jersey native impressed many...
Truex, Home Grown Hero from the Garden State
By: Thomas Chemris
Martin Truex Jr entered the 2004 NASCAR Busch season as one of the teams to beat.
During a six race tryout with Chance 2 Motorsports, the young New Jersey native impressed many as three of the six runs scored one top-ten and two runners up finishes.
Truex comes form a racing family, his father Martin Sir, is a modified ace who is well known at eastern short-tracks.
Born in Mayetta New Jersey, Truex cut his racing teeth on go carts in 1991, working his way up to follow in his fathers footsteps as a modified driver by 1998.
In 1999, he won the prestigious Turkey Derby at Wall stadium in New Jersey before moving on to the Busch North series in 2000 .He was runner up in the rookie of the year standings as he had a successful season winning his first pole and race at the New Hampshire International Speedway.
Truex continued his winning ways competing in the North series through 2002, finishing in the top ten in points both seasons.
His move to the Busch series came in 2001, as he wheeled a family owned car at The Monster Mile where he qualified eighteenth and finished thirty-eighth.
He claimed his first pole at Daytona in 2004 and his first win came at Bristol in March of this year. He continued to win a total of six races with victories coming at Talladega, Gateway, Nazareth, Dover and Memphis.
Entering the season, Truex believed he had a shot at the title.
"I think I knew my team was championship caliber before I ever even started driving the car", said Truex. "They've got just a great organization at DEI and everything they do is just right there with the best. It was just an honor to come drive with them. I had to make the best of it or I wasn't going to be around for very long."
Entering the series full time, Truex knew he would hit a hard learning curve, visiting several tracks for the first, with the expectation of a championship performance,.
In addition, Truex had to adjust to moving away from his family, as he resided with his team owner in North Carolina. The rigors of a full time ride were an adjustment, as he had to get used to testing schedules and personal appearances.
The pressure of entering the big leagues did not appear to hinder Truex; however he credits his boss for helping stay away of the pitfalls of success.
Ever the true competitor, Truex did not savor his victory long, his focus immediately turned to next season, and his own personal expectations of improvement
"If we don't get better, next year is just kind of a waste so we plan to work hard over the winter and try to get better at everything we do." Truex said.
Truex has one more race to complete the season before formally accepting his championship at the annual series banquets to be held December tenth in Orlando Florida.