Truex Seeks RC Boat Records
By: Jeff Wackerlin - @JWackerlin Twitter and Instagram | MRN.com on April 5, 2012 | 9:39 A.M. EST
"I'm going for three new oval records." (Photo: Getty Images)
Even though he won't be behind the wheel of his No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota this weekend, Martin Truex Jr. will still seek out his need for speed, this time with a remote control boat.
The Michael Waltrip Racing driver has always been interested in remote control cars and trucks, but ever since he bought a house on a lake he took his RC interests out on the water.
"When I moved to the lake, I decided I needed to get a boat," Truex Jr. said. "So, I bought one and I wasn't happy with it so I did some looking around on the internet and found some stuff. Then I started building my own."
The new hobby led Truex to tuning his boats for speed, and he eventually set three world records sanctioned by the International Model Power Boat Association.
"They are all three oval records, which is a timed oval," Truex said. "Two of them are on a one-third-mile course and one is a quarter-mile course."
This weekend, Truex will head to Huntsville, Alabama to go after new records.
"I'm going for three new oval records," Truex said. "One that I already have and want to lower it because I know I can. I'm going to try to go for a straight line record, which is straightaway speed. The record I'm going for in that is with a little 3.5 cc engine and it's 103 miles per hour. I'm trying to go at least 105."
In his seventh full-time season in Sprint Cup, Truex is off to his best start. He is only 12 points out of the lead with six races complete.
"It's been a good start to the season for us,” Truex said. “The whole NAPA team has done a good job -- everybody at MWR has done a nice job.
"It seems the past 10 or so races we've been consistently fast -- not the fastest car, but we've been in the top five or top 10. That's what we need to keep doing. We need to keep staying there and keep constantly working on it. If you keep running in the top-five, top 10 then sooner or later you're going to put yourself in position to win. That's what we're trying to do."