CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Talladega Superspeedway has produced mixed results for NAPA Racing's Martin Truex Jr. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver has always been fast, but for some reason he's found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time when...
CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Talladega Superspeedway has produced mixed results for NAPA Racing's Martin Truex Jr. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver has always been fast, but for some reason he's found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time when racing in the Cup Series. Truex hopes the success he had in his first outing in his NAPA Toyota in the Daytona 500 (sixth) will be replicated at Talladega. However, Truex points outs even though they look alike, the two restrictor plate tracks drive dramatically different.
Truex Jr. on Talladega: "In the Nationwide Series, we have always seemed to find a way to get ourselves in contention to win at Talladega. I enjoy racing there. For some reason, Cup Series racing at Talladega hasn't been good to me. I have had good runs going, but I always seem to get caught up in the big wreck. It's been kind of a crap shoot. It's a lot of fun to race, I just need some luck."
Truex Jr. on Daytona versus Talladega: "At Daytona, we had a good NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota, but Daytona and Talladega are completely different. Daytona is all about handling. We weren't the fastest car there. We actually struggled a little bit for speed throughout the week. As the track got slicker and slicker, it became more of a handling track. It really came to us.
"Talladega on the other hand is completely opposite. It's all about speed. Everyone handles well. It's about how good your body is on your car and how good your motor is. It's all about raw speed. We'll just have to wait and see what happens. We had a test there (March 16). We weren't really fast by ourselves which was like Daytona, but in race packs, it really was good and fast. I am looking forward to going back and getting a good finish."