Martin Truex, Jr.'s Future Still Uncertain after Reports He'll Stay at DEI

Jen PrestonSenior Analyst IJuly 28, 2008

We all know now that Martin Truex, Jr. won't be driving a third car for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009. And that's really all we do know about his future.

ESPN reported this weekend that Truex had signed a two-year extension with current team Dale Earnhardt Inc., but the report was denied by the driver himself.

The 28-year-old New Jersey native is rumored to be a contender for the Richard Childress Racing No. 33 entry.

Martin Truex, Jr. joined DEI in 2003 in the then Busch Series when good friend Dale Earnhardt, Jr. signed him on to drive his Chance 2 No. 81 entry.  Splitting time between that ride and the car owned by his father, Martin Sr., Truex made 10 total starts and finished the year with two consecutive second place finishes.

The next two years proved to be even more successful for Truex. He went on to win eight races in 2004 and 2005 for Chance 2, as well as winning back-to-back Busch Series Championships.

In 2006, Truex began running full-time in the then Nextel Cup Series in the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet for DEI.  Winless, he scored 10 top fives and finished 19th in the final points standings.  Truex also competed in six Busch Series events, winning at Talladega.

Winning the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Open in 2007, Truex went on to finish 10th in the All-Star Race and later that year won his first Cup race, the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway, leading 219 of 400 laps.

Even though he's been in the rumor mill most of the 2008 season, Martin Truex, Jr. has scored two top fives and six top 10s.

It's unclear when Truex will make an announcement about his future team, but he was very adamant that a deal with DEI isn't done, and neither is this Silly Season.