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Report: NASCAR champ Martin Truex Jr. to retire after 2024

Martin Truex Jr. is set to announce his retirement from NASCAR Cup Series competition, per a report from The Athletic.

According to reporter Jordan Bianchi, Truex will make the announcement Friday afternoon at Iowa Speedway while confirming that he will walk away from the sport after the Nov. 10 season finale at Phoenix Raceway.

The NASCAR media availability schedule for the Iowa race weekend shows a Truex press conference at 3 p.m. local time.

If Truex makes the expected announcement, he will walk away from the sport with three championships across two of the national NASCAR series. He will also bear the distinction of being a driver who achieved more success in the second half of his career.

The New Jersey native, who is the oldest active full-time driver at 43 years old, made his national series debut in 2001. He started an Xfinity Series race at Dover Motor Speedway but only completed 32 laps due to a crash. He later failed to qualify for a race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Truex made 14 more Xfinity starts between 2002-03 before finally getting a full-time opportunity. He joined Chance 2 Motorsports in 2004. He won six races and the championship. Truex then won another six races and his second championship in 2005, setting up his full-time move to the Cup Series in 2006.

While Truex won his first career Cup race in 2007, he didn't achieve much success in the early days of his career. He only won two races in his first nine full seasons in Cup. However, the situation changed in 2015 when Truex joined forces with crew chief Cole Pearn at Furniture Row Racing.

The duo won one race in their first season together -- Pocono -- but they reached the Championship 4. They then won four more races in 2016.

The 2017 season was even more impressive as the No. 78 team celebrated eight wins together and the championship. Truex led 2,253 laps during this dominant season and he posted top-10 finishes in 72.2% of the races.

Truex hasn't won the championship in the years since, which includes a move to Joe Gibbs Racing and a switch to crew chief James Small, but he has been close on multiple occasions. He has finished runner-up three times while reaching 34 career wins.

Truex has also added a Truck Series win for good measure, making him a winner in all three national NASCAR series.

While Truex won't be eligible for the Hall of Fame until 2027, there is little doubt that he will be a first-ballot inductee. He has three championships and three of NASCAR's crown jewel wins -- two Coca-Cola 600s and one Southern 500. He has reached the Championship 4 five times since the introduction of the elimination format in 2014.

His 34 career Cup wins put him in a tie with Kurt Busch for 25th on the all-time wins list. He is ahead of multiple Hall of Famer drivers, a list that includes Dale Jarrett, Fireball Roberts, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Bobby Labonte.