MARTIN TRUEX JR.: DRIVER
No. 78 – 5-hour ENERGY® Toyota, Furniture Row Racing
- Jun 29, 1980
- Mayetta, NJ
- Mooresville, NC
- Fishing, hunting, building/racing radio control boats, riding four-wheelers
Martin Truex Jr.’s love of racing began on the go-kart tracks of his childhood, and has stuck with him since. He began his NASCAR Racing career in 2004 with Dale Earnhardt, Inc. leaving for Michael Walttrip racing in 2010, most recently joining Furniture Row Racing as driver of car #78 for the 2014 Season.
With a career marked by success, he consistently has beaten and exceeded his personal bests. Beginning with his back-to-back 2004 and 2005 wins of the Nationwide Series Championships, Truex Jr. has claimed 13 other Nationwide Series races throughout. He won pole for the Daytona 500 in 2009, finished 6th in the Daytona 500 in 2010 with Michael Waltrip Racing, and in 2011, won poll for the fourth consecutive season at Texas. In 2012, Truex Jr. tied his personal best ranking 11th in series points, and in 2013 he announced his switch to Furniture Row Racing after matching his career-high of seven top-five finishes in a series.
Throughout his racing career, Truex has been a standout for his talent behind the wheel, but has also garnered praise for the person he is off the track. He was named the Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver for the 2004-2005 season, and in 2007 founded the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation. “Hooked on helping”, the foundation has raised over $1 million dollars for the advancement of underprivileged children in need, and continues to make a positive impact in the community each year.