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Martin Truex Jr close to new NASCAR deal with Michael Waltrip Racing

Martin Truex JrMartin Truex Jr claims he is "very close" to extending his relationship with Michael Waltrip Racing.

The 32-year-old is currently in position to claim a Chase berth for only the second time in his NASCAR Sprint Cup career, and the first ever for an MWR driver in its short history in NASCAR's elite series.

Truex joined the outfit in 2010 after leaving Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and despite being winless since his maiden Cup victory with Dale Earnhardt Inc in 2007, he currently ranks fifth in the points standings.

Speaking at Watkins Glen on Friday he said his new deal with MWR is nearly set and he is looking forward to seeing his work during the past few years rewarded.

"We're very, very close," said Truex about his new deal. "I'm not going to say it's done, but it's basically done. I'm very, very happy about that.

"I guess, it's one of those deals where we had to work out some details, but there was never a thought of me saying 'what are my options, what am I thinking?' There was none of that. It was 'how can we get this deal done?' and moving forward.

"We've come a long way. When you put that much work into something, you don't want to just say, 'Ah, I can do this somewhere else,' because it's not that easy. I've put a lot of effort into being part of that team, to help them build a programme and they've invested a lot into me to be a part of that programme."

Truex's MWR team-mate Clint Bowyer is currently 10th in Cup points and in a position to enter this year's Chase as well.

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