Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 2/1/13
Fit and relaxed, Martin Truex Jr. talks and looks like a man ready to make a charge in the NASCAR Sprint Cup ranks this season. Truex, 32, a two-time Nationwide Series champion entering his eighth full season of Cup competition, is the veteran in the growing Michael Waltrip Racing camp. With the team since 2010, he helped build it from a Michael Waltrip dream to a championship-contending organization. And while the driver himself shies from taking credit for building the team's prowess, Waltrip is quick to point out just how much of an impact Truex has made on the group - which put two drivers in the Chase for the Sprint Cup for the first time in 2012 - as whole. "The guy we're most proud of and more is Martin Truex Jr., he was at MWR before we were quite ready to perform on this level," Waltrip says. "He hung in there and he fought with us and he got to have some fast cars in 2012 and showed he was capable of winning any race, any weekend. That was a lot of fun for me." It was ...
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