Martin Truex Jr. picked up his fourth win of the year on Sunday and his second of the first three races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. With his win, he’s solidified himself as the man to beat in the Chase.
For Truex, everything is coming together for him at the right time.
“Honestly, I feel like all season long we've been the same team, and we've done the same things,” said Truex. “You know, I guess right now it's just our time. You know, throughout the summer, we led so many laps and had so many great race cars and so many great weekends that would just -- things would happen.”
Earlier this year, things certainly “happened” for Truex at Kansas Speedway. Truex won the pole award and after leading 172 laps of the first 211 laps in the Go Bowling 400, Truex pitted with 54 laps to go. With the way things were going, Truex would have smooth sailing to the finish line after this pit stop.
However, Truex had to pit again two laps later because his tire became loose after a bolt broke off. He ended up finishing 14th, despite leading the most laps at Kansas for the second year in a row.
Despite the bad luck at Kansas, Truex or his crew never let it bring their performance down. Two weeks after Kansas, Truex picked up his first win of the season at Charlotte. Not only did he win, but he set a track and NASCAR record by leading 591 miles (394 laps) of the Coca-Cola 600.
“Sometimes it was just rotten luck, sometimes it was mistakes or just circumstances that didn't play out,” said Truex. “But I think that the biggest thing is we just kept our heads in the game. We stayed focused on the things that truly matter, and when all that bad luck went away, here we are. I mean, it's just been amazing.”
After taking two of the first three wins in the Chase, Truex has to feel great about his chances in the Round of 12. The next two races in the Chase are at Charlotte and Kansas. Even with the disappointing end to the Go Bowling 400, his bad luck eventually has to turn around at Kansas, a track that he historically races well at.
“It's just things are clicking right now. We've got confidence, we've got momentum, and we're just rolling with it and taking it one week at a time, and hopefully we can continue this for seven more weeks.”
--The Chase returns to Kansas Speedway this October. Tickets are on sale now for both the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and the inaugural Chase for the NASCAR XFINITY Series and can be purchased by calling 866.460.7223 or logging on to www.kansasspeedway.com for the Hollywood Casino 400, the fifth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on Oct. 16, the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Oct. 15, and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season finale on Oct. 14.