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Truex wants to earn his spot

Truex wants to earn his spot

May 15th, 2013 in News

Martin Truex Jr. has won the fan vote before to advance into the Sprint All-Star Race, and as Saturday night's event nears, he's among the top-five vote-getters.

Only Truex has no intention of relying on ballots to race for $1 million at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

His goal is to win the Sprint Showdown, the qualifying race before the All-Star race. The top two finishers of the Showdown and fan vote winner all move on to the All-Star race.

"I'm looking forward to going there and hopefully winning the Showdown again, which we've done before," Truex said. "The All-Star Race is one of the funnest events of the year. To not be a part of it is pretty miserable. Hopefully, we'll be able to make it in that thing, have some fun, chase a couple million bucks."

Truex's last Cup victory was in 2007. But he won the all-star qualifier in 2007, and believes doing so again this year might be the push his Michael Waltrip Racing team needs.

"It would be a great thing for our team," he said. "We won it in 2007. After that it seemed to kick-start our team. Went to Dover, ran second or third, ended up making the Chase for the first time that year. I definitely think there's some incentive there. It builds confidence. It gets the guys pumped up.

"I feel like we should win that race. Anything less would be a disappointment. We're going there guns loaded trying to do all we can do, and hopefully we'll come out on the right side of it this time."