Friday, December 2, 2022

Martin Truex Jr. Confirms He Will Return to Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Car in 2023

Martin Truex Jr. will return for the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season with Joe Gibbs Racing
Martin Truex Jr. will officially return to the NASCAR Cup Series with Joe Gibbs Racing in the No. 19 entry for the 2023 season, ending speculation about a potential retirement. Photo Credit: David Rosenblum LAT Images, Courtesy of Toyota Racing.

The rumors and speculation about a potential retirement tour for Martin Truex Jr. can officially calm down, at least until next year, as the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series driver officially announced Friday at Nashville Superspeedway that he will return for the 2023 season.

“I will be back in the 19 next year,” Truex said during a media bullpen session following Friday’s NASCAR Cup Series practice session.

“At the end of the day, this is really what I want to do right now,” Truex continued.

Racing America’s Matt Weaver posted video of the talk from Truex:

Truex, 41, currently sits sixth in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings, after 16 races in the 2022 season. However, Truex has yet to find victory lane with the new Next Gen race car.

Over the opening few months of the season, the rumor mill had began to severely speculate that 2022 could be the final season of Truex’s illustrious career.

Earlier this month, Truex addressed the speculation and confirmed that he had been weighing retirement and that an decision would be made in the coming weeks.

That decision officially was made on Friday at Nashville, it seems as Truex stated that he informed the team that he would be returning on Friday prior to him announcing it in the media session.

The 2023 NASCAR Cup Series driver and team lineup is starting to come into full focus. To keep up with it all, check out’s 2023 NASCAR Cup Series driver/team chart:

2023 NASCAR Cup Series Driver / Team Chart

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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