DARLINGTON, SC - Martin Truex has won two races in Nascar Sprint Cup competition this year. He was so close to owning three championships when he fell .01 seconds short of winning the Daytona 500 earlier this season. In May, Truex won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He set a NASCAR record in that race for most miles being in the lead in a single race.
In Sunday’s victory at Darlington, Truex took the lead for the first time on Lap 338 when he passed Ryan Newman on the backstretch and led the final 27 of the last 28 laps for his fifth career Sprint Cup win.
When Truex mentioned on his Facebook page when asked what it means to win the Coca-Cola 600 and the Southern 500 in the same year, the driver replied, “It means this team is pretty damn good.”
Truex, from the Mayetta section of Stafford Township is having a strong year. He is rated 8th overall in the Race for the Cup Nascar Sprint standings.
Truex has been a winner on and off the racetrack. He has kept connected to the Stafford Township community throughout the years. He leads a strong charitable organization the Martin Truex Foundation. Each year he leads a special local event at the Manahawkin Lake Park. But the Foundation reaches far beyond his hometown.
The Martin Truex Foundation website shares Martin’s background growing up in Stafford. “Martin Truex Jr.’s path to NASCAR started with countless hours riding the waves of the Atlantic Ocean in his youth, hoisting nets full of clams for his father’s family-owned seafood business in Mayetta, N.J.”
The money earned working for his dad allowed Martin the resources to polish his go karting skills as a driver in the Northeastern modifieds. The next seven years saw several victories and championships at New Egypt Speedway in N.J. Like his father, the 18-year-old raced a modified at Wall Stadium Speedway, even winning the prestigious Wall Stadium Turkey Derby, a race Martin Sr. won years earlier.
NASCAR took notice of Martin’s accomplishments as did Dale Earnhardt Jr. who was looking for a driver for the Chance 2 Nationwide team he owned. Truex drove a handful of races for Chance 2 in 2003 before racing fulltime in 2004. Where he won back-to-back Nationwide Series championships and earned a full-time ride in the Sprint Cup Series.
Giving back to the community is a huge priority in his life. In just six years, the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation raised more than a million dollars for community programs and initiatives.
In August 2013, the Martin Truex Jr. Pediatric Care unit was opened at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin. Martin and his longtime girlfriend Sherry Pollex began working with the financial needs of families with children undergoing pediatric care treatment. They established a Special Needs Fund at Levine Children’s Hospital (LCH) in Charlotte, NC. Through that ongoing relationship, the foundation was also able to partner with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation and launch the Ryan Seacrest Studio in the lobby of Levine Children’s Hospital. The Foundation works diligently supporting ventures into helping with Pediatric Cancer Research to hopefully one day eradicate childhood cancer.