Martin Truex Jr. explains his longtime affinity for NHMS
Claiming that New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a "home track" for Martin Truex Jr. may seem like a stretch.
And, well, in many ways it is.
Truex, who drives the No. 78 Chevrolet for Furniture Row Racing, is a native of Mayetta, New Jersey. Since his home state lacks a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series track, Truex has long laid claim to both Pocono Raceway and Dover International Speedway as his home tracks.
Those make sense. They are the closest tracks to New Jersey.
But hear him out on his explanation about why he believes New Hampshire is in the mix, too.
"It’s a family thing. My father (Martin Truex Sr.) won there, my brother (Ryan) won there and I won there," Truex said. "New Hampshire Motor Speedway has always felt like home for the Truex family."
The elder Truex won a race at NHMS in what is now the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race in 1994. Ryan Truex captured a pair of wins, also in the K&N Pro Series, and Martin himself has won three times total at the 1.058-mile track — twice in what is now the K&N Series and once in what is now the XFINITY Series.
Truex said he still remembers watching his dad win the K&N race on television — on the former TNN, or Nashville Network.
"I wish I would have been there in Victory Lane with my dad, who was my mentor, but seeing him win that race on television was pretty awesome," recalled Truex, who was 14 years old at the time.
Truex, whose lone win this season came in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, has never won a Cup race at New Hampshire. In 20 career starts in NASCAR’s top series, he’s been decent with three top-five and seven top-10 finishes. But his best finish was third in 2007 when he still drove for Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
He said he would love to "complete the trifecta" of winning races in all three series he has run there.
"A lot of us drivers cut our teeth on tracks like New Hampshire," said Truex, who finished eighth in his last start at NHMS last fall. "It’s not an easy track. The biggest problem is passing and that’s why a good starting position and quick pit stops are important in order to have success there. I’ve had some good runs at New Hampshire, but not the big one in Cup to complete the trifecta of winning in all three series."