Martin Truex Jr. approaches 300th Sprint Cup start

Sunday’s Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will mark the 300th-career Cup start for Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet.

“I had absolutely no idea that my 300th start is coming up,” Truex said. “I’ve been blessed to be with some great race teams and have enjoyed plenty of fond memories.”

Truex, a two-time NASCAR Nationwide (then-Busch) Series champion in 2004 and 2005, made his Cup debut in 2004 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and went full-time Sprint Cup Racing, courtesy of the No. 1 ride at Dale Earnhardt Inc., in 2006.

“Looking back, it seems like a long time ago that I made my first start, but it really wasn’t,” Truex said.” They say when you’re having fun, time flies, and in my case, that is so true, because I have had an incredible amount of fun over the years.”

Truex made a total of 153 starts with DEI, which eventually became Earnhardt Ganassi Racing. 117 of those starts came under the Dale Earnhardt Inc., banner, while he was around for 36 more races with the revamped EGR. He then joined Michael Waltrip Racing for three years of competition, making 144 starts, before being released from MWR at the end of the 2013 season. Truex is in his first year with Furniture Row, and the race at Las Vegas will be his third points-paying race with the team.

“I’ve had some tough breaks throughout my career, a lot of ups and downs,” Truex said. “As I have said, I’ve been with some great teams but it seemed like every time we were getting to where we wanted to go something bad happened to make it come to an end really quickly. Hopefully, Furniture Row Racing will be my new home for a long time and we can get to where we want to go.”

In all, Truex has amassed stats that include two wins (one for DEI and one at MWR), 31 top-fives and 90 top-10 finishes in his first 299 Sprint Cup races.

“I am only 33 and have a lot more years in me,” Truex said. “I feel the best is still yet to come as a driver.”

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