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Martin Truex Jr., Michael Waltrip Racing - Q&A

Without a doubt. Without a doubt. And I'll say that with no - without a doubt in my mind that some of those things that I've thought of when I was leading, and some of those things that happened, you know, me thinking about them is not what made them happen. But yeah, I definitely think that it'll be easier for me to be leading a race, and I'll definitely have less to worry about I guess is what I'm saying. It's definitely a load off my shoulders, and who knows, maybe it will come easier now.

I do feel like - and I've felt like for the last year and a half, if we could just get one, if we could get this first one out of the way as a team, that we could do a lot better job and we could win a lot of races because we've been so good and so fast and Chad has given me race cars that are just phenomenal so many times in the past two years, honestly we should have won six or seven races already. The fact that we haven't is disappointing, but at the same time it's kind of motivating and it's kind of awesome to come to the racetrack every week and say, chances are Chad is going to give me something that's going to be a whole lot of fun to drive and it's going to be really fast.

That makes my job fun. That's why I race. That's why I started. That's how I got here, by driving fast cars and winning. So it's fun to be able to do that again, and it's even more fun when you don't have to worry about crap falling out of the sky and hitting your car. Like yesterday, I'm like, oh, come on, again?

Michael Waltrip:
What did you tell me yesterday, if it was raining, what?

Martin Truex Jr.:
No, we can't say that in here.

Honestly we have had some very, very tough breaks and things have happened. We honestly really could have won three or four races in the past year and a half if things had just played out differently. But that's part of racing. That's the way it goes. And today it played out in our favor, and I was just glad that it happened finally.

Those days when things - when you do everything right and you don't win it's really frustrating, especially for him because you go back to the shop and you're like, what could we have done different. Well, once you know the outcome you know what you would have done different. But at the time with all the information that you have all you can do is make the best decision, whatever you think is the best decision to help you win, and a lot of times we did the right thing, it just didn't work out for circumstances.

Part of the deal, and hopefully we'll be able to get a lot more days to go our way now.

Q:
It sounds like you guys have been together, what, a year and a half, a couple years almost, and you're starting to gel, and I think that really helps a team when they all get on the same page. But what I want to know is how is the Gen-6 car? Do you think it was better with the Gen-6 car, or what were the major differences?

Martin Truex Jr.:
Being here with the Gen-6?

Q:
Yeah.

Martin Truex Jr.:
Well, first of all, yeah, Chad and I have been together, I guess, going on about two years now, but he's been the crew chief for a year and a half, I guess. It will be two years the end of this season.

But I have a lot of confidence in him, and when he tells me something, I say okay. I don't say, well, I don't know. I say okay.

Like today, we're pitting now. Okay, yes, sir, here we go.

And that's very important. It's important for me to have that confidence in him and that trust in him, and to know when he makes a change in the car that 99 per cent of the time it's the right way, and I know he works harder than anybody in the garage. I can guarantee you that. So I'm proud of that.

But the Gen-6 car here was not really that much different than the old car, honestly. I think part of that had to do with the tire change. This tire had a little bit less grip than the tire we had last year. Track is another year older. Yeah, the cars have more downforce, the cars are lighter so they should be a little bit better, but I felt like it was kind of a wash. I felt like my braking points the way I drove the car was very, very similar to the way I drove the car last year. I think the lap times were very similar, as well. So it really wasn't a big difference as far as that goes.




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