Will Martin Truex Jr. Improve By Moving To Michael Waltrip Racing?

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IMay 27, 2009

CONCORD, NC - MAY 21: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, sits in his car during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 on May 21, 2009 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)

It would be safe to say Michael Waltrip Racing so far, has not been one of the top teams in NASCAR. We can all agree on that.

So why would Martin Truex Jr. think he can improve his standings there. Let's be honest folks, two-thirds of this team is running in the back-30 week in and out.

The only win they have was due to rain, I believe he was running 14th or so when the rest of the leaders decided to pit, and he found himself in the lead, without passing anyone to boot—well maybe Digger.

I do understand a win is a win—I'm not taking anything away from that—but again, let's be honest with each other, that win is not a measuring stick on how this team is doing.


If I were a driver, the only way I would make this move is if I get a two- or three-year guarantee of a sponsor and money. (Of course if it was Hendrick, I may pay him to let me drive. lol)

I don't know what the internal conversation is at EGR, maybe his friendship with Dale Earnhardt Jr. is affecting his relationship with Teresa. Just guessing.

I just don't understand why all that talk is going on, he still has a chance to make the Chase—actually both the No. 1 and No. 42 have a great chance to get there.

Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing has been running the same chassis the last few races, so those cars are just going to get better and better, because the data they share is better.

I would think Truex Jr. would be very happy with the direction of this EGR team and concentrate on this year, and worry about his move later—or at least until he sees if he makes the Chase.

Just saying.

As with any sport, conversations about moving on, does nothing to help anyone, if I was Montoya I would be very ticked off. This type of talk demoralizes the crews who may be thinking they won't have a job next year.

My personal opinion is, yes, you have got to protect and secure your future, but at the same time it is selfish to worry the whole team because you're either not happy, or you're trying to get leverage for a new deal.

Just my opinion, and from what I understand everybody has one, and I thank God for that.