Martin Truex Jr, 33, will race at the Atlanta speedway this weekend, despite having broken his wrist at Bristol last Saturday when he crashed his #56 Toyota Camry during lap 488. The accident occurred after Brian Vickers hit Denny Hamlin, causing him to shoot up the track into Truex and Kevin Harvick.
According to Michael Waltrip Racing, the jersey native has already been fitted with a special cast that will allow him to grip the steering wheel better than a normal cast. However, they have not decided who (if anyone) will act as a back-up driver, “just in case.”
Truex, who is currently 14th in point standings is in line for a wild card spot in the Chase thanks to a win at Sonoma in June. Truex won the Sprint Cup series twice and has qualified for the Chase two times in his 8 full Cup season. Prior to that he won the Nationwide Series title in 2004 and 2005.
Racing has been in his blood since the day he was born. His father, Martin Truex, Sr., was a former race winner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, then called the NASCAR Busch North Series, and.younger brother, Ryan is a champion in the K&N Pro Series East division, while his cousin Curtis raced for JR Motorsports.