Martin Truex Jr. sure has come a long way in the past 20 years. In 2000, when he was only 20, he was renting a home from Dale Earnhardt Jr. in Mooresville, North Carolina. Six years later, Truex bought the $1.5 million, 8,220 square-foot home outright. Now, at the age of 39, Truex has two Xfinity Series and one Cup Series championship under his belt. Not to mention, a hell of a lot of money to his name.
But, how exactly did the NASCAR driver from Mayetta, New Jersey get to where he is today? Let’s take a look!
Martin Truex Jr. NASCAR Career
You could say that Martin Lee Truex Jr. comes from a racing family. Martin Truex Sr. had a seven-year career as an Xfinity Series racer, while Martin Jr.’s brother Ryan is a Camping World East Series champion and a K&N Pro Series East champion. As for Junior, he got his start like most NASCAR greats: racing go-karts.
Currently, Martin Truex Jr. drives the No. 19 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. But, he first got his start in NASCAR in 2001, racing the No. 81 Chevy for Dale Jr.’s Chance 2 Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, back when it was still the NASCAR Busch Series.
Following back-to-back championships and Most Popular Driver awards in 2004 and 2005, Truex moved on to the Cup Series and Dale Earnhardt, Inc., a team he raced for until 2008. After a one-year stint at Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, Truex raced for Michael Waltrip Racing from 2010-2013. In 2014, Truex moved to Furniture Row Racing, for which he racked up a number of wins, including two Coca-Cola 600 victories and one at the Southern 500. In 2017, Truex’s star shone the brightest when he became the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion.
Having raced in 503 Cup Series events, Truex has 26 wins, 205 top-10 finishes, and 19 poles. He also has 13 wins, 61 top-10s, and 10 poles out of 103 Xfinity Series races run.
Martin Truex Jr. Net Worth
Martin Truex Jr. has an estimated net worth of $30 million. In 2018 alone, he racked up $8.2 million — $7.3 million in salary and winnings and $900,000 in endorsements and licensing. But, Truex isn’t just about making money for himself.
In 2007, he and his wife Sherry Pollex, an ovarian cancer survivor, started the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation to help children with pediatric cancer. What an awesome family!
This post was originally published on December 30, 2019.