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Driving at Martinsville in daytime and at night “not much different” for Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr. wins the NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville in 2020. Credits: NASCAR, Getty Images.

Martin Truex Jr. does not see much difference in driving around Martinsville Speedway in various time, but still notices some pecularities.

This Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville will take place under the lights. However, the drivers are mostly used to driving around the Paperclip when the sun is out. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Martin Truex Jr. spoke how different it was driving at Martinsville in the afternoon and at night.

“Really not much different (…),” Truex Jr. told ASN Motorsports. “Not a whole lot different I think.”

At the same time, the no.19 car driver emphasized some aspects that were changing with day and weather conditions.

“The biggest change is probably dealing with the question of how the rubber lays down into the concrete in the corners and what’s the track temperature is going to be. Typically, in the daytime there, the sun’s out, and that can make it pretty slick. At nighttime, a little more grip, a little more traction in the corners for the most part and usually a little bit more tire wear as well.”

Martin Truex Jr. will start from 7th position in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville.

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