NAPA Racing’s Martin Truex Jr. is on a roll as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Daytona during the July 4 weekend for its Coke Zero 400-mile race Saturday evening; however, victory is only one thing on his agenda.
The 33-year-old driver will start from fifth in a Toyota wearing a rather special paint scheme.
The NAPA Batteries scheme for Truex Jr. is to promote NAPA’s “Get Back and Give Back” program at Daytona and New Hampshire. The promotion offers fans massive savings on of a qualifying battery, alternator or starter throughout the whole of July. Anyone purchasing a product may contribute a portion of the rebate to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which supports the families of U.S. military personnel lost in service or severely wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“This is a big deal for us,” Truex told New Jersey.com. “Last year, we were able to raise $350,000 for the cause and it’s my favorite NAPA promotion.
Despite Truex Jr. trailing 17th in the standings earlier in the season (partly down to reliability issues), his third in Michigan, victory in Sonoma and seventh at Kentucky have boosted him into seventh in the points. Truex has nine more races left to maintain his hot streak and secure a second consecutive appearance in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
“I honestly don’t know what to expect right now,” Truex posted on his site. “NASCAR is taking a different tire. TRD has been working on the engine program to avoid the issues we experienced last time. It will be hot, but the track surface still is relatively new.”
Look out for the colorful No. 56 car as it races for a potential place in the Chase For Sprint Cup whilst raising money for the nation’s true heroes.