“That Was More Fun” – Martin Truex Jr on Working With His Teammates

Published 09/29/2021, 6:23 AM EDT
Sep 26, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (19) during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Ahead of the NASCAR Cup Series race at the Talladega Superspeedway, Martin Truex Jr spoke about the upcoming race. With all three of his teammates in the running for the championship, they need to take the fight to Hendrick Motorsports. However, in a recent interview, Truex Jr confessed that he misses the time when it was every driver for themselves.

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He said, “It’s challenging for us at Toyota, because we have the least amount of cars. That becomes, at times, a challenge or it could be an advantage. It just depends on how the race works out, especially down towards the end. You get split up or guys crash out.

“Plans change, but it is interesting to see how strategies change and how big a deal it is at the correct time.”

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According to Martin Truex Jr, every driver and team is always looking for an advantage. However, not many drivers will know about their rivals’ strategies.

What else did Martin Truex Jr say?

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He continued, “I miss the days where it was every man for himself. You just went out and did your own thing, that was more fun. There’s an advantage in numbers and working together. The more guys you can get on the same page, the better your chances are of being able to get to the front and stay there. I think that’s everybody’s goal.”

Apr 18, 2021; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (19) races NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Joe Gibbs Racing team enjoyed a great day in the office. Denny Hamlin won the race, with Kyle Busch third, and Truex Jr in fourth. Additionally, they practically surrounded Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott in second place.

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Considering that Elliott’s nearest teammate was Kyle Larson in 10th, it dealt a massive blow to the Hendrick Motorsports team. Furthermore, William Byron could only muster 18th, with Alex Bowman all the way down in 22nd. Now, Truex Jr and his teammates will have a huge fight on their hands.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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