Top 10 NASCAR Driver of the Year 2013: 10. Martin Truex Jr.

Birthdate: June 29, 1980 Hometown: Mayetta, NJ Team: Michael Waltrip Racing Crew chief: Chad Johnston 2013 starts: 36 Poles: 0 Wins: 1 Top 5: 7 Top 10: 15 Annual earnings: $5,485,354 Championship points: 998 Championship position: 16th NASCAR Driver of 2011 position: 17th NASCAR Driver of 2012 position: 8th

Season summary:

It all went wrong for Martin Truex Jr. at Richmond in September, when his team (Michael Waltrip Racing) allegedly tried to manipulate the race in order to get Truex into the Chase. When their efforts were uncovered it was the blameless Truex who got punished, booted out of the Chase and also losing his main sponsor which meant that he had to look elsewhere for a 2014 race seat (he'll be in the #78 Furniture Row Racing car.) It's a shame, because 15 top tens, an average finish of 15.1 and a road race win at Sonoma had otherwise been a very upbeat year for the 33-year-old from New Jersey.

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