Martin Truex Jr. Will Land On His Feet

by Jim on September 23, 2013 · 9 comments

Did you hear about a possible move by Martin Truex Jr. to JoeTruex celebrates Gibbs Racing, complete with the NAPA sponsorship? Like many rumors, I’ll believe when I see it, but it does drive a point home.

Should Martin Truex Jr. find the need to move on, he will land somewhere, and it shouldn’t be a start and park ride. Just the idea that Truex and Gibbs are mentioned in the same conversation says something good about the driver.

For four seasons at MWR, and for a few at DEI, Truex has proven himself to be a solid journeyman at worst. There are far worse things you can say. One thing you can say is that anyone who can win on a road course has some serious racing chops. The Marietta, New Jersey native proved that this season at Sonoma.

You have to wonder what he might accomplish in top flight equipment. The truth is, Truex proved himself to be a professional in assisting in the rise of Michael Waltrip Racing. There were bumps and skids along the way, but he’s proven himself to be no worse than a top 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, and that’s not shabby.

As a fan of Joe Gibbs the man, it would be great to see Truex at JGR. you would certainly think Truex would also be a good fit for Furniture Row Racing with Barney Visser. He could also very well find himself staying with MWR, seeing them through a difficult time. Give him credit, he’s been a pro and has resisted raging about his circumstances. It’s not every driver who can maintain that.

It won’t be easy. Truex himself has said most drivers already know what they’re doing in 2014, and many teams are laying out their game plans. He would have some catching up to do.

Nonetheless- Martin Truex will be racing in 2014. That much seems cerrtain.

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1 Josie September 24, 2013 at 10:09 am

I’d love to jump on your bandwagon… But at this point I’d say it’s 50/50. Now I do believe MWR owes MT a big old bag of “yessir we’ll do everything we can to make sure you have a ride in 2014″…and dig deep down in their pockets sponsor or no sponsor. But..if I was MT I would want to run to the nearest exit and grab any qualified ride I could find for 2014..and never look back. MT needs to disassociate himself from MWR ASAP.. and save his good racing name. Most fans don’t blame Truex at all…but if he continues at MWR that may change….you can only feel bad for someone in a bad relationship for so long..if they continue to stay.. it makes you wonder why? Truex is a good but not great driver…JGR may help him raise his game….Furniture Row may be alittle too much for him to handle. I wish him luck in the future…he has a tough road ahead of him.

2 Jim September 24, 2013 at 10:11 am

@Josie. You may very well be right. It will be interesting to see what he does.

3 Greg September 24, 2013 at 10:57 am

Best thing for Martin Truex if at all possible is to DISTANCE himself from WWR and Michael Waltrip.

The stigma of what happened would HAUNT Martin Truex longafter the rest that actually did the deed was forgotten.

If NAPA stays in NACAR and picks a new team it would be great if they had MT as their driver.

4 Chris September 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Napa no no no more they lost this customer

5 rusty September 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm

If nothing else, Truex benefits from the fact that all of the better guys who were looking for rides next year have been signed (Newman, Busch), making him the best available free agent if he leaves MWR. I like Martin a lot but let’s face it, two CUP wins in seven years is not exactly setting the world on fire, even if he is a consistently good finisher. He’s certainly an asset to any team he drives for but is also more expendable should a more accomplished driver or a younger driver with a lot of potential come along. If a guy like Juan Montoya, who is a very accomplished driver (despite his struggles in NASCAR) can get pushed aside for a rookie like Kyle Larson, it can happen to almost anybody. Martin will almost NEED to bring a full time sponsor like NAPA with him in order to have a shot at getting a decent ride, and even then, it will essentially require one of those organizations to start up another team for him. His best option may be to stay at MWR if he can get them to find another sponsor or run him out of pocket. They’ll feel like they owe it to him at that point.

6 Jim September 24, 2013 at 1:59 pm

@Greg- That may well be the case. We’ll have to see how history plays out. My gut says he’s gone, but that’s just a hunch.

7 Jim September 24, 2013 at 2:01 pm

@Chris- Did they lose your business because they kicked MWR to the curb? Or was it a case that you soured on them because they were associated with Waltrip. Thankfully, in America, you have freedom of choice. I’m sure AutoZone, Carquest or any number of others will be glad to pick you up. Personally, I have a locally owned store I can go to.

8 Jim September 24, 2013 at 2:02 pm

@Rusty- I think you’re spot on. MT isn’t a team savior, but a solid top 20 driver worthy of a ride depending on your expectations.

9 Greg September 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Surprises me how a LOT of people have supposedly dropped NAPA as their auto supply store because the are dropping MWR for CHEATING.

I would rather deal with an HONEST supplier with intergity than 1 that supports a CHEATER by looking the other way time after time.

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