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Martin Truex Jr. Announces Retirement After 2024 NASCAR Season

In the eyes of many NASCAR fans it was only a matter of time before Martin Truex Jr. would announce his retirement from NASCAR.

Many people saw this coming and was not shocked at the news of Martin Truex Jr. announcing this season would be his last driving full-time in the NASCAR at the Iowa Speedway and at this press conference he was quoated saying “I’m obviously here to let y’all know that I won’t be back full-time next year,” Truex said Friday in a press conference with team owner Joe Gibbs, confirming the widely reported news that he will exit the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at season’s end.

Truex has been in racing for over 21 years and has raced for Dale Earnhardt Inc., Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing and Furniture Row and joined Joe Gibbs Racing in 2019.and has had what most people in the sport and media would call a “hall of fame” career and was successful in all three series of NASCAR, as the numbers do not lie.

Martin Truex Jr Career stats:

NASCAR Cup Series:
2017 NASCAR Cup Series Champion:
34 Cup Series Wins
146 Top 5 finishes
287 Top 10 finishes

NASCAR Xfinity Series:
Back to Back NASCAR Xfinity Series championships (2004-2005).
13 Series Wins
41 Top 5 finishes
62 Top 10 finishes
10 poles

NASCAR Truck Series:
1 Win
1 Top 5
1 Top 10

Career Highlights:

First Full Season: 2006

First Start: October 31, 2004 (Atlanta)

First Win: June 4, 2007 (Dover)

First Pole: November 2, 2007 (Texas)

Has earned the series-most NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 appearances at five (2015, ’17, ’18, ’19, ‘21) – tied with Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch for the most all-time.

Has qualified for the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs 10 times in his career (2007, 2012, 2015-2021, 2023)

Has finished runner-up in the final NASCAR Cup Series championship standings in three of the last six seasons (2018, 2019, 2021).

Secured first NASCAR Cup Series win at Dover Motor Speedway-1 in 2007 while driving for Dale Earnhardt Inc.

Me personally, I have been a huge fan of Truex Jr. ever since he won his first Busch (Xfinity) series championship as he drove for Chance 2 Motorsports, which is now Jr. Motorsports and is owned my favorite all time driver Dale Earnharfdt Jr. So, naturally when Earnhardt Jr. retired I and most of his fans became loyal Truex Jr. fans and he has not disappointed us fans. It has been exciting to watch the evolution of his racing career, as at one point he was at the top of the mountain and then eventually, he had to start from the bottom and work his way up, as the once again reached the top of the mountain in 2017 winning his only NASCAR championship. Martin Truex Jr. has earned his place in NASCAR history and we all now cant wait to see what life has instore for the Champ.


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