NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. temporarily traded in his firesuit for a hockey jersey Tuesday night, taking in a 5-0 Lightning shutout of the Los Angeles Kings at AMALIE Arena.
Truex, who drives the No. 78 Toyota for Furniture Row Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, served as the Bolts Social Captain for the game. He was presented with a personalized Lightning jersey -- with his car number on the back -- and swapped helmets with Tampa Bay defenseman Jason Garrison, gifting him a special autographed racing helmet with the Lightning logo.
"I've never played ice hockey. I've played like floor or gym hockey or whatever," Truex said. "I was not very good, and I'm glad I drive cars instead of playing hockey. But these guys are so impressive to watch.
"I love coming to games and seeing just how fast they are on the ice, and the speed and the way they play. It's amazing."
Truex, 36, will compete in the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 26 at Daytona International Speedway. He finished runner-up to Tampa native Denny Hamlin last year by a race-record .010 seconds.