Truex, who is 43 years old, has had an exceptional career that includes 34 victories and winning the Cup Series championship in 2017.
Three of those victories have come this year alone. He also won the L.A. Clash exhibition race just before the 2023 season began.
After another impressive performance over the weekend, it seems obvious to many that Truex should come back next year. However, following his win in New Hampshire, the driver from Joe Gibbs Racing clarified that the situation is not as straightforward.
“I am uncertain. I lack confidence,” he stated. “During my conversation with Claire (B. Lang, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), I realized that this sport can be deceiving at times. It requires significant dedication.”
“My team is exceptional. They deserve the finest driver, someone who possesses an unparalleled desire to succeed, and I have been that person. If I decide to return, I want to ensure that I am fully committed. It requires a great deal of effort. It’s not simply about showing up at the racetrack, driving the car, and going home. It demands immense dedication. It involves extensive travel and sacrificing time spent with loved ones and friends, something I have done for a quarter of a century. Do I still have the desire to continue and am I prepared to make those sacrifices once more for the sake of my team?”
This is exactly what I’m contemplating. I’m uncertain if performing well and achieving victory has any impact. It would be truly remarkable to become the champion and gracefully retire.
“I lack certainty. I lack certainty. I struggle with making significant choices.”
Martin Truex Jr, Joe Gibbs Racing, Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota Camry
Photo by: Jared East / NKP / Motorsport Images
On June 24th, 2022, Truex made the announcement that he would be participating in the 2023 season. However, the previous year turned out to be a disappointing one for the experienced driver. He failed to secure any victories and did not qualify for the playoffs, which was a first for him since 2014.
However, this year, the concept of emerging victorious and potentially leaving as a champion could become a tangible reality.
Of course, team owner Joe Gibbs would want to see Truex return, no matter how the season ends. He is the only JGR driver with multiple Cup wins this year, and currently leads the regular season championship.
Gibbs expressed, “Year after year, he consistently tells me that I am in the midst of contemplating this choice.” Gibbs further added, “I find it hard to comprehend. You’re earning money, enjoying yourself, and racing cars. Seriously, come on.”
“No, we haven’t done it yet. However, I believe it is crucial for us to experience some pressure in this situation as it affects all of us. It holds significant importance for us. I have a strong belief that he is performing exceptionally well this year and enjoying himself. Therefore, I am optimistic that we will receive a favorable response.”