This year, the NASCAR community hits the dirt surface for the very first time. To be precise, they will race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. For pretty much the entire grid, this will be a brand new experience. This includes veterans like Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr and many more.
Recently, Truex Jr spoke about the prospect of racing in the dirt. He said, “It will literally be the first time I feel like a rookie since 2006. Definitely going to be a lot of learning going on there. I have very little dirt experience, I’ve never raced any big race on dirt. The two I did were Schrader charity races, I did that twice. I really had fun with it, when I ran those modified, it was fun. I thought it was pretty good, but I’ll be like a fish out of water.”
What else did Martin Truex Jr say?
Truex Jr also spoke of his expectations for that particular race. He insisted that he will try to do the best that he can and figure things out on his own. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver knows that he has not driven on dirt before, so he has no experience to fall back on. Nobody on his team has ever set up the car for a dirt race. Obviously, there are many question marks, so he will try and do his best. Hopefully, he may find himself in a position to win.
Last weekend, Truex Jr seized victory at the Phoenix Raceway. This only served to prove that the 40-year-old still has it in him. It also helps that the Joe Gibbs Racing team is one of the best teams on the current grid. However, before the Bristol race, Truex Jr has to contend in the Cup race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.