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Truex Jr. to Drive for JR Motorsports at Bristol

Two-time Nationwide champion takes turn driving No. 5 National Guard Chevrolet

Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 6, 2008) – Two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Martin Truex Jr. will compete in the No. 5 National Guard Chevrolet for JR Motorsports next weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, joining a list of top-tier drivers who have driven or will drive the car this year.

A 13-time race winner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Truex earned consecutive titles in 2004 and 2005 for Chance2, a team co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Teresa Earnhardt. Truex’s first victory came in the very race in which he’ll compete for JR Motorsports next weekend, the 2004 spring event at Bristol. In 94 Nationwide Series starts, Truex has earned 37 top-five finishes, 57 top-10s and 10 pole positions.

This will mark the fourth time Truex will drive a JR Motorsports entry He scored a pair of top-10 finishes in three starts for JRM in 2006.

“We are extremely happy to have Martin in the No. 5 National Guard Chevrolet at Bristol, and we want to thank DEI for allowing him to drive for us,” said Kelley Elledge, vice president and general manager at JR Motorsports. “Martin is a great friend to Dale Jr., and he is a tremendous talent. Every time he climbs in a race car, he has a chance to win.”

The No. 5 Chevrolet already has found Victory Lane this year with Mark Martin winning the Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last Saturday. The victory was JR Motorsports’ first in the Nationwide Series. Earnhardt Jr. drove the No. 5 to finishes of third and seventh at Daytona and California, respectively, and again will pilot the car this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson, Ron Fellows, Adrian Fernandez, and Landon Cassill also are scheduled to drive the No. 5 Chevrolets this year. (For complete Nationwide Series schedule of drivers and sponsors for the No. 5 car, please visit http://media.dalejr.com).

“I have to thank JR Motorsports, DEI, and the National Guard for letting me drive this race car,” Truex said. “With track time so important, driving the National Guard car on Saturday can only help me in the Bass Pro Shops car on Sunday, so this is a deal that hopefully will benefit everyone. Obviously Bristol is a special place for me. I won my first race there, and it would be really cool to win again.”

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