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DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA - MAY 09: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway on May 09, 2021 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images
DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA - MAY 09: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway on May 09, 2021 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Martin Truex, Jr. on Next Gen car: “If it’s not fun, I won’t hang around too long”

Entering 2021, [Martin] Truex, Jr. proved to be as prolific as ever with three wins in the first 12 contests. But at 41—and with the advent of the Next Gen car—bringing a new vehicle up to speed might be more of an exercise than he signed up for.

It’s not that Truex’s desire to race has waned, far from it. There are just so many unknowns.

“I would say, yes it would,” said Truex when asked how the Next Gen car will affect his longevity in the sport. “It will, I think and that’s a fair question. I think, look at the new car, see what it’s like, go racing, hopefully, it’s fun.

“Hopefully, I have as much fun as I have driving these things. I love working with my team. I still love racing, but for sure, that’s going to be a big deal. If it’s not fun, I won’t hang around too long. I don’t have to do this anymore (laughs). I’m still around because I really want to do this and continue winning races and hopefully more championships. It’s fair statement–it’s a fair statement, for sure.”

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