Martin Truex Jr. ­– No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry Preview – Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway

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No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry News and Notes

  • TRUEX AT RICHMOND: Martin Truex Jr. is a two-time winner at Richmond Raceway with both victories coming in 2019. In his past four starts at the .75-mile track, Truex has not finished lower than third. Going back to September 2016, he has led at least 100 laps in six of the past eight Richmond races. Most recently, Truex started 14th and finished second in the series’ lone visit to Richmond in 2020.
  • MARTINSVILLE WIN NOTES: Truex’s win Sunday at Martinsville Speedway was the 29th of his NASCAR Cup Series career and second of the 2021 season. It was his third victory at the .526-mile oval – all coming in the past four races. On the day, Truex led 20 laps including the final 16 after passing Denny Hamlin late in the race. This marks the fifth time in the past six seasons that Truex has earned multiple wins. By winning two races in only eight starts, this is the quickest Truex has ever earned his second victory in a season. His previous best was two wins in 11 races in both 2017 and 2019.
  • TRIO OF TRIUMPHS: Sunday’s win at Martinsville adds the historic track to a group of tracks that Truex has claimed three victories on. He also has three wins at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway and Sonoma Raceway.
  • SHORT TRACK STRENGTH: With three wins at Martinsville Speedway and a pair of victories at Richmond Raceway, Truex has now won five of the past 11 NASCAR Cup Series races on short tracks dating back to 2019.
  • LOOP DATA LEADER: Truex has been a standout so far this season according to Loop Data provided by NASCAR. He currently leads all drivers in green flag speed, fastest early in a run and fastest late in a run. Additionally, Truex ranks second in driver rating and fastest laps run and sits in the top five in laps in the top 15 and average running position.
  • AUTO-OWNERS: Auto-Owners Insurance will be featured as the primary sponsor of Truex’s No. 19 Camry for Sunday’s race at Richmond Raceway. The Lansing, Michigan-based company offers multiple lines of insurance, including life, home, auto and business to customers in 26 states. 2021 marks Auto-Owners’ third year with Joe Gibbs Racing as they will once again be featured for eight races on the No. 19 Camry.
  • JGR AT RICHMOND: Joe Gibbs Racing has earned a NASCAR Cup Series-record 16 wins at Richmond Raceway. In 143 combined starts at the track, the organization has tallied 47 top-five finishes, 77 top-10s and 5,107 laps led. Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart join Truex on the list of drivers who have taken JGR to victory lane at Richmond.
  • TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway begins Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Martin Truex Jr., Driver of the No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry

Talk about racing at Richmond Raceway and the challenges the track presents…

“Richmond is a really fun racetrack. It’s very low grip. I think tire wear is always the big question; how fast are you on the short run, and how does that help or hurt you on the long run. You need to be able to intertwine those two and be good enough at both to stay at the front and then have something at the end. It always depends on if it comes down to a long run or a short run to the checkers, but it’s definitely a fun track. It’s always a challenge to get your car to do the things that it needs to do to win there. It never wants to turn good enough and it never has enough drive off, so it’s a typical short track and that makes for an exciting race.”

Truex NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Richmond Raceway

StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedAvg. StartAvg. Finish
29261211,01813.317.3

Truex 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Season Stats

StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedAvg. StartAvg. Finish
823502539.69.5

Truex NASCAR Cup Series Career Stats

StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedAvg. StartAvg. Finish
557291192331910,10914.015.4

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