Car racing appears to run in the blood of Martin Truex Jr.’s family and he seems to be carrying the legacy just fine. The multiple time American professional stock car racing champion was born to a father who was a car racer and has a brother and a cousin who are also car racers.
Currently, Truex Jr. competes full-time in the cup series of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) where he has been able to distinguish himself from his peers. Read on to find out more about the juicy details of his career and personal life.
Martin’s full name is Martin Lee Truex Jr. and he was born on the 29th of June 1980 in Trenton, New Jersey, although he was raised in the Mayetta section of Stafford Township, New Jersey. He is an American by nationality and Caucasian by ethnicity.
His father is Martin Truex Sr., a retired car racer who bagged multiple awards during his career especially in the NASCAR Busch North Series. Martin Jr. grew up alongside his younger brother Ryan who also grew up to become a car racer and even became a champion in the K&N Pro Series East.
Concerning his education, Martin Truex Jr. attended Southern Regional High School in Stafford Township and graduated in the year 1998. There is no evidence to support that Martin Jr. went to college but that is clearly irrelevant as he seems to have conquered life with or without a college degree.
Race Car Driving Career
Martin Truex Jr’s racing career began immediately after high school in 1998. Given his passion, it probably would have started earlier if he had been of age to race a car in the state of New Jersey. He turned 18 in 1998 and immediately began to drive go-karts at the New Egypt Speedway which was located in Central New Jersey.
Martin Jr. used to drive to the Modified division at Wall Stadium. When he was only 20 years old, he relocated to Mooresville, North Carolina. He had initially lived in a house which he rented from Dale Earnhardt Jr but eventually became a proud homeowner there. At this point, he had decided to go into professional car racing just like his dad and started to race in the Busch North Series.
Martin Truex Jr.’s participation in the Busch series began in 2001 and lasted till 2005. In 2001, he drove his dad’s No. 56 Chevy at the Dover International Speedway. He began the race at the 19th position but only managed a 38th place finish after suffering an early accident in the race. In 2002, he ran 4 races in total, 3 of which were for his father, with his best finish being in 17th place.
In 2003, Martin Jr. competed in a total of ten races and bagged two-second place finishes. In 2004, he began racing full-time for Chance 2 Motorsports, appearing in a total of 8 races that season, the same season in which he won his first professional race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. He finished that season as the winner of the Busch Series Championship. In 2005, he defended his championship and again emerged as the winner.
Martin Truex Jr. worked with Dale Earnhardt Inc. from 2006 to 2008. During this time, he won the 2007 season of the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Open and also emerged winner of the Autism Speaks 400. Due to a merger between Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Chip Ganassi Racing, he worked for one year with Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing.
From 2010 to 2013, Martin Jr. raced for Michael Waltrip Racing, driving the No. 56 Toyota Camry. Martin moved to Furniture Row Racing from 2014 and raced the No. 78 Chevrolet till 2018. He also won the Kobalt 400 in 2017. As at 2019, he is signed with Joe Gibbs Racing and has so far scored 4 wins in the season.
Does Martin Truex Jr Have A Wife or Girlfriend?
Martin Truex Jr. has been in a relationship with Sherry Pollex since 2005. The couple started a foundation in 2007 to give support to children diagnosed with pediatric cancer. The foundation is called the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation.
Sherry Pollex was later diagnosed with Stage III ovarian cancer in 2014 and has been fighting a fierce battle with the disease ever since.