Martin Truex Jr. signs extension with Joe Gibbs Racing

By Field Level Media
Sep 9, 2017; Richmond, VA, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (78) and his girlfriend Sherry Pollex pose with the NASCAR regular season trophy after the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Martin Truex Jr. signed a multiyear deal to remain at Joe Gibbs Racing, the organization announced Wednesday.

Truex has won eight races in two years with JGR.

“Extending Martin’s agreement has been a big priority for us this offseason,” team owner Joe Gibbs said in a news release. “Martin brings so much to our organization. Obviously he’s talented and shown he can win at any race track but his insights also helps to make all our teams better.”

The 40-year-old Truex signed initially signed with JGR after Furniture Row Racing folded following the 2018 season.

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Truex won the 2017 Cup title with FRR and was runner-up in both 2018 and 2019 before finishing seventh last season when he won just one race. He won seven races in his first season with JGR.

Truex said he is excited about continuing to drive the No. 19 Toyota for Gibbs’ team.

“This is where I wanted to be and to continue building on the success we have had together the past two years,” Truex said.

Truex has one race ahead of him in which he hasn’t been able to land the checkered flag. He is winless in 16 attempts entering Sunday’s Daytona 500.

“We’ve been trying for a long time. It’s a tough race to win,” Truex said. “We’ve been really close. I think for us, trying how to be better at speedway racing is something in general that we’ve worked on over the last handful of years.”

Truex finished second in 2016 at Daytona in a photo finish behind current JGR teammate Denny Hamlin, who received his own extension last week.

Truex has 27 career victories with 23 of them coming between 2016-19.

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–Field Level Media