By AMANDA VINCENT
Martin Truex Jr., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver for Denver, Colo, based Furniture Row Racing, had been named the Colorado Professional Athlete of the Year by Mile High Sports Magazine.
“On Monday mornings in Colorado, you talk about how the Broncos played on Sunday,” Mile High Sports Editor-in-Chief Doug Ottewill said. “It’s just what you do. But this year, on more than one occasion, Monday morning included conversations about how well Furniture Row Racing and Martin Truex Jr. did over the weekend. The fact that this team got the genereal sports fan talking about and interested in motor sports is remarkable. Truex and his team put our state on the map in a sport where we’d previously had little, if any, representation. That’s a remarkable feat, and it’s exactly why we chose to honor him. Simply put, they were excellent all season long.”
Truex, in his second year of driving the No. 78 for FRR in 2015, took the team to victory lane at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., and posted eight top-fives and 22 top-10 finishes. He made the 16-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship post-season and advanced through each round to be one of the four drivers vying for the championship in the finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He finished out the 2015 season fourth in the championship standings.
Truex credited his team with the Mile High Sports award.
“I am deeply honored to be recognized in the home state of our Furniture Row Racing team,” Truex said. “Though it will be showcased as an individual honor, the Mile High Sports award would never have been possible if it weren’t for the talented and dedicated group of people at our Denver shop for giving me fast cars throughout the season.”
Truex will continue on with Furniture Row Racing in 2016, but the team will make a manufacturer switch, going from a Chevrolet livery to Toyota.
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