Martin Truex Jr., Michael Waltrip Racing

by C.J. Radune on February 11, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT


23) Martin Truex Jr. | No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota | Michael Waltrip Racing

Pros: Last season was Truex's fourth full season in Sprint Cup. He scored more poles (three) in 2009 than in any other season in the series; he scored a top-five result and six top-10 finishes. Truex moves to Michael Waltrip Racing in 2010 with a strong sponsor in NAPA Auto Parts.

Cons: Unfortunately 2009 was Truex's worst points finish of his four-year career. He finished 23rd at the end of the season and is now parting ways with the only team he has been with since arriving on the Cup scene. Truex also couldn't avoid the DNFs in 2009. He had five last season with four-season average of 4.8.

Fantasy tip: Truex has the talent for a big year in 2010. He is in a team beginning to hit its stride in Michael Waltrip Racing, and is also pairing up with veteran crew chief Pat Tryson to help him through the transition. However, since 2010 is his first year with Tryson and MWR, Truex shouldn't be counted on as anything more than a No. 3 driver with moderate upside. 

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