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Why Martin Truex Jr. considers Michigan an 'adopted home track'

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 12: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 12, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 12: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 12, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Furniture Row Racing driver Martin Truex Jr. may be from Mayetta, N.J., but during the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway (FS1, 1 p.m. ET), he'll be racing on what he considers a home track.

Why do you ask?

Truex Jr.'s girlfriend Sherry Pollex is from Brighton, Mich. native and she is an avid fan of the Detroit Red Wings.

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Canadians Cole Pearn, crew chief of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota, and team engineer Ryan Kelly also see Michigan as home turf, as it's the closest track to their hometown of London, Ontario.

"Let's just call Michigan an adopted home track and state," said Truex Jr. "We have a blast each time we go to Michigan, catch a lot of fish -- and please don't ask where because I am not giving away any secrets where the fish are biting."

He might not be giving away his favorite fishing spot, but Truex Jr. did dish on the disappointments of Monday's rain-delayed race at Pocono Raceway.

"We didn't hit it right in Pocono and had a couple weird incidents on pit road that prevented us from making any kind of move," said Truex Jr. after finishing 19th at the Pennsylvania track. "You take what is given to you and move on. And right now it's all about Michigan."

Truex Jr. had a pair of third-place finishes at MIS last year, but victory at the track has eluded him throughout his career. After winning the Coca-Cola 600 in dominating fashion -- leading 392 of 400 laps -- he will be searching for his second victory of the season in the Irish Hills.

"Michigan is one of those tracks where we feel we can do well and contend for the win," he added. "I have had success there, had a couple of runner-up finishes and ran well in last year's races."