New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declared May 31 as Martin Truex Jr. Day, celebrating Truex’s Cup championship from last season.
Truex, who was raised in Mayetta, New Jersey, took part in the festivities at the governor’s office in Trenton, New Jersey. Truex presented Gov Murphy with an autographed race-worn firesuit.
“Being from New Jersey and thinking about having my own day is pretty crazy so it was a big day for me,” said Truex in a statement. “It was a huge honor to be recognized by Gov. Murphy for Furniture Row Racing’s achievements as a team. I’m very proud to be from New Jersey and to be the first NASCAR Cup Series Champion from the state is pretty awesome, as well. All that made today very special.”
Truex began racing go-karts in New Jersey in 1991 and moved to modifieds in 1998. He has been a full-time Cup driver since 2006. He enters Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway fifth in the points.