Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Treux was 11 when his racer dad introduced him to the world of Karts. He took to it immediately and for the next 7 years he was part of the Karting arena at all levels. He shifted to Modified Karts in 1998. In 1999, he won the Turkey Derby Classic championship at New Jersey. His career was moving along at a smooth pace as he moved into the NASCAR Camping World Series. He finished his first season in 12th place and finished second in the race for the Rookie of the Year.
He got his maiden win, his first of two, in the 2001 season and finished eight in the East standings. His progress hit a temporary roadblock in 2002 when he failed to win a race. He had 6 top-five finishes and 11 top-ten finishes but they were not enough to do anything better than 11th place. In 2003, he had a decent season with many strong races that showed Martin as a driver ready for the big stage and then, as expected, NASCAR happened.
His first season in NASCAR saw him run two races for Dale Earnhardt Inc. at the fag end of the season. His 32nd place was his best placement for 2004. His highlight for the season came in the form of an announcement by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters’ association wherein he made it to the All-American Auto Racing Team. He won his first NASCAR Nationwide Series Championships in his first full time season.
In 2005, his runs became better as he competed in 7 NASCAR Sprint Cup events. A best finish of seventh place was his season’s top finish. Once again, he became the NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion, for the second year in a row Martin finished 2006 in 19th place in the points’ standings. Two top-5 finishes as well as five top-10 finishes meant that his NASCAR Sprint season debut had gone off rather successfully. He came third in the race for Rookie of the Year and also had a second place finish to his name.
His overall standings improved even further as he came 11th in the 2007 standings. He earned his first series win in 2007 and had seven other top-five finishes and 14 top-tens. Throughout his career so far, Martin has climbed up the rankings and is now a constant feature among the top end of the standings. He will be looking ahead to make 2008 more memorable with a stronger year in the top flight.