Martin Truex Jr. is heading to what he calls his "toughest track" on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit, Martinsville Speedway. He'll try to make things work with Pat Tryson, his old crew chief who had been replaced earlier in the season. And he's 24th in the standings with four races left in the season.
So the Stafford Township native is looking ahead to next year.
"I obviously love racing and in a way, I hate to see the season end," Truex said in quotes provided this week by his team, Michael Waltrip Racing. "I wouldn't mind racing more. With just four races to go and where we are in points, our focus now is trying to get a win and preparing for 2012.
"We are going to debut a new chassis at Texas. That will help us determine the direction we need to go and help prepare for next year. We just need to do the little things right, and that's one of the key areas we still need to get accomplished in order for us to get better. We've shown our potential. Now, it's about getting it done and delivering the results."
That's not to say Truex wouldn't like to get a win at Martinsville, where he has one top-five finish and one other top-10 in his career but an average finish of 24th.
"Martinsville has been one of my toughest race tracks just to get good results," he said. "I've had good cars there. I've ran up front there a lot. I just don't have a lot of good finishes. I've had a lot of trouble.
"In the spring, we were in the top 10 all day and then had the throttle issue. It was a big crash. It's been a weird place for me, so hopefully we can change that up and not only have a strong run this weekend, but a strong result too in the NAPA Toyota."
On the pit box will be Tryson, who was reassigned within MWR earlier this season after struggling to find chemistry with Truex in a little more than a season together.
Tryson's replacement, Chad Johnston, was suspended this week for the last four races for an illegal windshielf on Truex's car last weekend at Talladega.
http://www.michaelwaltripracing.com/teams/car-56/driver-bio">Watch Truex preview this weekend's race and also answer questions from fans about Halloween costumes, going to the bathroom during races and more.