“Like a Fish Out of Water” – Martin Truex Jr on NASCAR Racing in the Dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway

Published 03/18/2021, 2:16 PM EDT
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 08: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500 at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


This year, the NASCAR community will hit the dirt surface for the very first time. To be precise, they will race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. For pretty much the entire grid, this will be a brand new experience. This includes veterans like Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and many more.

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Recently, Truex Jr spoke about the prospect of racing in the dirt. He said, “It will literally be the first time I feel like a rookie since 2006. Definitely going to be a lot of learning going on there. I have very, very little dirt experience, I’ve never raced any real big race on dirt. The two I did were Schrader charity races… I did that twice. I really had fun with it, when I ran those modified, it was fun. I thought it was pretty good, but I’ll be like a fish out of water.”

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What else did Martin Truex Jr say?

Truex Jr also spoke of his expectations for that particular race. He insisted that he would try to do the best that he can and figure things out on his own. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver knows that he has not driven on dirt before, so he has no experience to fall back on.

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Nobody from his team has ever set up the car for a dirt race either. Obviously, there are many question marks, so he will try to do his best. Hopefully, he will find himself in a position to win.

Mar 14, 2021; Avondale, Arizona, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (19) drives the NASCAR Instacart 500 at Phoenix Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Last weekend, Truex Jr seized victory at the Phoenix Raceway. This only served to prove that the 40-year-old still has it in him. It also helps that the Joe Gibbs Racing team is one of the best teams on the current grid. However, before the Bristol race, Truex Jr has to contend in the Cup race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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