Martin Truex Jr. Likely To Re-Sign With Michael Waltrip Racing

Martin Truex Jr. and Napa are close to a contract extension with Michael Waltrip Racing, team owner Michael Waltrip told SBNation.com on Tuesday via phone.

Both Truex and Napa had deals that were set to expire at the end of this season, and Truex was under pressure to perform heading into the year.

But with MWR's continued improvement and Truex's strong showing – he already has as many top-five finishes this year than in the previous two seasons combined – it seems all parties wanted to stay together.

Waltrip said Tuesday a new deal with the driver and sponsor was "imminent."

"We're right on the edge of putting it all together," he said. "We're just working through some details."

The team owner said everything might wait to be completed until after the July 4th holiday week, but added, "We'll have a deal done with Napa and Martin here before much longer."

Before the season, Truex was confident about improved performance and said he wanted to stay at MWR if the team was as good as he thought it could be.

So far, it has been. Truex is eighth in points and on pace to achieve career highs in every major statistical category.

"I mean, I want to be here next year," he said in January. "We both have to wait and see how all that goes. But I feel good about this year. I really do. Time will tell."

If Truex re-signs with Waltrip, it would mean one less quality ride available for other free-agent drivers like Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch. Former free agent Matt Kenseth already signed a new deal – likely to drive Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 20 car – and Denny Hamlin just re-upped with JGR's No. 11.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.