Truex Jr. Getting Comfortable In Rearranged Furniture
Martin Truex Jr. has survived bad times on and off the track. The result has been an improved Martin Truex Jr. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Gregg Ellman)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
SHAWNEE, Kan. – It was pre-Kansas Speedway-event media day at a local bowling alley Wednesday and Martin Truex Jr. was addressing the topics de jour in NASCAR with much more ease than he was picking up strikes and spares.
He cruised his way through questions about lug nuts, paybacks, aero packages and Toyotas, and he did it with witty takes and easy smiles.
Enjoying life comes easy for Truex these days. Yes, because he’s following up a final-four run in the Sprint Cup’s 2015 Chase with an unexpectedly consistent start to the 2016 season.
But also because he’s seen the other side of the face on the one-eyed jack of life. The side splattered by tragedy, uncertainty and despair. The side which, if survivable, can allow a person to come out the other end of it, smiling and boyish.
After schmoozing in front of cameras, scribbling pens and microphones, and after laughing his way through at least one ugly gutter ball, Truex sat down at a small table for one final interview before heading out to the airport to catch a ride back to actual racing.
It wasn’t long before he was asked about 2014. And gone was the air of frivolity.
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