30-Minute Special Chronicles 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion’s Journey to Professional Racing
NASCAR on NBC’s Rutledge Wood Joins Truex Jr. in His Hometown of Mayetta, N.J.
Racing Roots Airs Immediately Following NBC Sports’ NASCAR Xfinity Series Coverage from Watkins Glen International
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 31, 2018 – NBC Sports will present Racing Roots: featuring Martin Truex Jr., a 30-minute special chronicling 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Martin Truex Jr.’s road to professional racing, this Saturday, August 4, at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Racing Roots will air immediately following NBC Sports’ coverage of Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race from Watkins Glen International.
Hosted by NASCAR on NBC’s resident automobile aficionado Rutledge Wood, Racing Roots provides an in-depth look at Truex Jr.’s life and road to becoming a champion. In addition, the feature shines a spotlight on how Truex Jr’s. father, successful clam fishing entrepreneur and former Busch North Series driver Martin Truex Sr., instilled a passion for racing in his son and helped him transition from the family business.
The driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota brings Wood back to his hometown of Mayetta, N.J., the race team’s headquarters in Colorado, and his current home in North Carolina with partner Sherry Pollex.
Through interviews with Truex Jr.’s parents, former coaches, and friends, Racing Roots reveals the foundation that the 2017 Cup Series Champion is built upon. Both Truex Jr. and Pollex share their journey which led them to create the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation for cancer research, and its major charitable event “Catwalk for a Cause.”
“I really enjoyed bringing Rut back to my hometown, sharing the places and people who helped shape me into who I am today,” said Truex Jr. “An incredible ride that I could never have predicted, I hope it encourages others to continue to pursue their dreams.”
A preview of Saturday’s special is available here.
As part of NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the 2018 NASCAR season, Racing Roots is an on-going series that dives deep into the hometown stories of NASCAR’s biggest stars. The 30-minute documentaries peal back the on-track exterior to showcase the hometowns, teachers, coaches and friends that helped shape today’s superstars.
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