Martin Truex Jr Lays Rest to All Retirement Rumors Ahead of 2021 NASCAR Season

Published 01/08/2021, 12:00 PM EST
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 07: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 07, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


At 40, Martin Truex Jr is certainly no spring chicken. For obvious reasons, his age made many think that he is past his prime and may retire sooner rather than later. However, the driver recently tweeted that he is going back to work with Toyota for the coming season.

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This pretty much confirms that he is not going anywhere and will see out 2021. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver enjoyed a great run in the 2020 season and is proving to be a great asset.

Considering that he won the 2020 Martinsville race and took several Top-5 finishes, it is safe to say that his time’s not up just yet.

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The 2017 Cup Series champion already has 27 Cup Series wins in his career. That same career has spanned across 16 years and 228 Top-10s and 19 poles.

Can Martin Truex Jr add to his 2017 Cup title?

Theoretically, the 40-year-old definitely has the machinery under him. The Joe Gibbs Racing team is one of the best teams on the Cup Series calendar. In other words, the outfit can duke it out with teams like Hendrick Motorsports, Stewart-Haas, and Team Penske.

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – OCTOBER 18: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, races during the NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 18, 2020 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Given that Martin Truex Jr is still able to visit Victory Lane to this day, he definitely still has it within him. However, it is fair to say that a second Cup Series title may be a little farfetched.

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Obviously, the driver will try his hardest to contend for the crown, but it all depends on the coming season’s status quo.

Finally, Truex Jr is not getting any younger as the years pass by. There will soon come a time when he will have to hang up his boots.

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The only question is, how long can he keep racing? One thing is for sure, the 2021 Cup Series season holds all the answers.

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