Martin Truex Jr.'s future may be revealed on Aug. 31 because Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) has scheduled a conference. The team plans to make an announcement and is rumored to be signing Truex for the 2013 season. Since Martin Truex Jr. has shared he wants to stay with Waltrip, the contract extension would not be surprising.
The Friday Announcement from Michael Waltrip Racing
Although Michael Waltrip Racing has not revealed the exact reason for the conference on Aug. 31, there have been multiple rumors, and Martin Truex Jr.'s contract has been the main report. Waltrip has allegedly signed the contract extension with the driver and is simply waiting to announce it. The team has been working with the driver on the contract for several weeks.
Previous Comments from Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. has revealed that he wants to stay with Michael Waltrip Racing several times this year. On Aug. 7, Truex shared, "I really never talked to anybody else or even really thought about going anywhere else." The driver has indicated that the contract has been close to being signed throughout this month, and fans actually expected the official announcement to be made earlier. Discussions about his contract extension with MWR have been long. On Aug. 10, Martin Truex Jr. mentioned, "I'm not going to say it's done, but it's basically done." The negotiations are rumored to have finally concluded.
Michael Waltrip's previous comments about Martin Truex Jr. have also been positive. In April 2012, he shared that NAPA was "very happy" and that Truex was "amazing." The driver has had one of his best seasons with MWR at this point and is expected to be part of the Chase.
At the beginning of the 2012 season, there were some reports that Truex would become a free agent next year. However, his success with Michael Waltrip Racing in 2012 has changed this. Truex is in fifth place in the current Sprint Cup standings with 797 points. His sponsor, NAPA, is also interested in staying for the 2013 season because there have been no reports about the company abandoning MWR.
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