Did Martin Truex Jr. Make All the Wrong Moves?

Toby ChristieSenior Analyst IJanuary 17, 2009

Its seems like a long time ago, but in 2007 Martin Truex Jr. really began to come into his own, scoring his first career victory at Dover, launching him to his first appearance in the Chase. Then something out of his control happened.

Teammate/friend Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced he couldn't strike a deal to remain at Dale Earnhardt Incorporated, and would be moving on in 2008.  Many speculated that this would be the beginning of the end for DEI.

Truex was competitive at times in 2008, but had quite a bit of bad luck on his way to a 15th place finish in the points.  At the end of 2008 Truex came to a crossroads of his career.  Should he stay at the team that originally gave him a chance, or move on to a team on the upside? Truex decided to stay loyal to DEI, but in hindsight did Truex make the wrong move?

Since Truex re-upped with DEI things have changed majorly.  In 2008 the team had four full-time Sprint Cup teams.  DEI has since merged with Chip Ganassi Racing, who also at the beginning of 2008 had four Sprint Cup teams, but now after the merger meant to save both teams, each team only has one fully funded representative in the merger.

Only The No. 1 car of Martin Truex Jr., and the No. 42 car of Juan Pablo Montoya have sponsors for 2009.  Hopefully the team can find more sponsorship for their other cars, because when eight teams merge to just two, that is not a good sign, and it would be a shame for Truex Jr. (A rising star in NASCAR) to be shuffled out due to sticking with a dying team out of loyalty.  My oh, my how things change quickly in NASCAR.