NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr. does not regard his 300th career start at NASCAR's top level as reason to pause and reflect very long.

The Sprint Cup driver from Stafford Township sees at least another 300 starts in his future.

"I am only 33 and have a lot more years in me," he said this week in quotes provided by his team, Furniture Row Racing. "I feel the best is still yet to come as a driver."

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Truex, coming off a 22nd-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway, will make the milestone start Sunday in the KOBALT 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"I had absolutely no idea that my 300th start is coming up," he said. "I've been blessed to be with some great race teams and have enjoyed plenty of fond memories."

He added that he "absolutely" expects to make another 300 starts.

Truex made his first one Oct. 31, 2004 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He became a full-time Cup driver in 2006.

"They say when you're having fun, time flies, and in my case that is so true because I have had an incredible amount of fun over the years," he said.

Truex has won two races, including last year on the road course at Sonoma, Calif.. He has 31 top-five finishes, 90 top-10s, seven poles and 1,889 laps led.

Truex was a two-time champion on NASCAR's second-highest level, now known as Nationwide, before becoming a full-time Cup driver.

"I've had some tough breaks throughout my career, a lot of ups and downs," said Truex, who has made the Chase twice and was removed from it last year as part of penalties against his then-team, Michael Waltrip Racing.

"As I have said, I've been with some great teams, but it seemed like every time we were getting to where we wanted to go, something bad happened to make it come to an end really quickly. Hopefully, Furniture Row Racing will be my new home for a long time, and we can get to where we want to go."

Truex enters Sunday's race 35th in the point standings, 67 behind leader and former teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Truex has an average finish of 16.2, including two top-10s, in eight Cup starts at Las Vegas.

Ryan Truex update

Younger brother Ryan Truex finished 35th Sunday in the No. 83 for BK Racing.

He said handling issues were a problem for much of the race.

"We had a lot of conversation back and forth about how our car handled and changes that I needed made. It was a good experience for us to learn how to communicate with each other, and we were able to get a better understanding of each other," he said in quotes provided by his team.

"I think it will help us a lot, not only as we go into Vegas ... but throughout the entire race season."


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