About once per year, Martin Truex Jr. returns to his tiny village of Mayetta, New Jersey. The encounter brings back memories of his youth.
Including excursions to the beach, duck shooting in Ocean County’s woodlands, and fishing in Barnegat Bay.
He also remembers the occasions that initially ignited a lifelong passion. The racetrack was the scene of some of his earliest memories, he recalled.
He started enjoying watching go-kart races at Plumsted Township’s New Egypt Speedway when he was ten years old.
By the age of 11, he had convinced his father, former NASCAR racer and clam diver Martin Truex Sr., to purchase a go-kart. And Truex Jr. took off, eventually making it big nationally.
He became the first driver from New Jersey to win the NASCAR Cup Series championship in 2017, the sport’s premier series.
He has won 24 of his 26 Cup races since 2016. He has also participated in the Championship 4, the series’ penultimate event, for the previous three seasons.
Who is Martin Lee Truex Jr?
Martin Lee Truex Jr., an American stock car racing driver, was born on June 29, 1980. He participates in the NASCAR Cup Series on a full-time basis, piloting the No. 19 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing.
In addition to being the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner, he has also won the Xfinity Series twice, in 2004 and 2005.
Many of Truex Jr.’s relatives are active or former NASCAR racers. Ryan, his younger brother, is a two-time consecutive champion.
In what is now the ARCA Menards Series East and competes full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Niece Motorsports.
In the 1990s, his father Martin Sr. participated in the East Series on a full-time basis. On the 1980s, his uncle Barney participated sporadically in the Whelen Modified Tour.
Curtis Truex Jr. and Tyler Truex, two of his cousins, race late model cars.
The season-opening and biggest race of the NASCAR Cup Series is also one of the most unpredictable and difficult to win.
Largely due to the mayhem and multi-car (and occasionally terrifying) wrecks that are practically guaranteed throughout the 200 laps on the 2.5-mile oval of Daytona International Speedway.
Drivers need a little amount of luck in addition to skill, a quick car, and a capable pit crew to avoid being injured in chaotic collisions when they were simply in the wrong position at the wrong moment.