Reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr., a local of Mayetta, New Jersey, was respected in his home state on Thursday, with Gov. Phil Murphy dogmatic May 31 Martin Truex Jr. day. In return, Truex presented a administrator one of his race-worn firesuits.
“Being from New Jersey and meditative about carrying my possess day is flattering crazy, so it was a large day for me,” Truex pronounced in a press recover from his Furniture Row Racing team. “It was a outrageous respect to be famous by [Gov.] Murphy for Furniture Row Racing’s achievements as a team. I’m really unapproachable to be from New Jersey and to be a initial NASCAR Cup Series champion from a state is flattering awesome, as well. All that done currently really special.”
Truex’s racing career began in his home state with go-karts and modifieds in a 1990s. In 1999, he won a Turkey Derby Classic during Wall Township Speedway.
Truex won a Cup Series-leading 8 races in his 2017 championship season, including a season-finale final Nov during Homestead-Miami Speedway. His post-season honors enclosed being named “New Jersey Sportsperson of a Year”. On May 21, 2018, his championship efforts were famous by President Donald Trump during a White House.
In his championship season, Truex’s stats also enclosed 19 tip fives and 26 tip 10’s in a 36-race season.
Truex has been a full-time aspirant in NASCAR’s premier array given 2006, initial racing for Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Michael Waltrip Racing before fasten Furniture Row Racing forward of a 2014 season. In all, he has done 454-career starts in a series, ensuing in 16 wins.
Truex heads into Sunday’s Pocono 400 during Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, fifth in a championship points standings and with a win during Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. In further to his win, he has 8 top-five finishes in a initial 13 races of a season.
Prior to his pierce to a Cup Series, Truex won uninterrupted championships in a NASCAR Busch (now-Xfinity) Series in 2004 and 2005.