In the midst of a career year and heading for his second appearance in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Martin Truex Jr. has inked a three-year extension to remain the driver of Michael Waltrip's No. 56 Toyota Camry. The 32-year-old native of Mayetta, NJ, is currently ranked fifth in the standings with 13 top-10 finishes. Truex has not finished worse than 11th in his past six races, and his second win seems imminent.
In addition to re-signing Truex, Waltrip's team will have Atlanta-based NAPA Auto Parts on the car for all 36 points-paying races, plus the two exhibition races at Daytona and Charlotte. NAPA, which partnered with Waltrip in 2001 when he joined the late Dale Earnhardt's organization, joins Miller Lite (Brad Keselowski's No. 2 Dodge) and Lowe's Home Improvement (Jimmie Johnson) as the lone full-season sponsors.
The No. 56 Toyota Truex will drive beginning next year was also unveiled. Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News tweeted this photo of the front of the car, while SB Nation's NASCAR guru Jeff Gluck posted this picture of the car's side and rear.â†µ