Martin Truex Local Boy Wins Big

Dated: 11/28/2017

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HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 19: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2017 in Homestead, Florida.

As soon as Martin Truex Jr. crossed the finish line last Sunday to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship, a number of cities, towns and regions claimed dibs on him.

Because he drives for Denver-based Furniture Row Racing, the “Mile High City” celebrated his feat.

Since Truex now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, the “Queen City” decided to crown him.

Truex, who grew up in the Mayetta section of Stafford Township, is as (New) Jersey as corn, tomatoes, Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen.

If he could sing, he might be starring in “Jersey Boys.”

More specifically, he’s from this end of the state, just like Hammonton blueberries, Lucy the Elephant (Margate), Kelly Ripa (Voorhees) and Mike Trout (Millville).

And me (Cape May).

“I’m proud of being from Jersey,” Truex said a few hours after taking the checkered flag. “And I’m from the good part of it — South Jersey. All my family and a lot of my friends are still there in Stafford Township, where I’m from.”

David Weinberg’s Extra Points column appears Wednesdays and Sundays in The Press.)

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