By: Jeff Wackerlin – @JWackerlin Twitter and Instagram | MRN.com on July 14, 2017 | 10:00 A.M. EST&#thirteen;
“It feels good to have these bonus factors. We will attempt to get as many as we will.” (Photograph: Getty Photographs)&#thirteen;
Martin Truex Jr. heads into Sunday’s Overton’s 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway again on prime of the Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection standings.
Truex gained his third race of the season final weekend at Kentucky Speedway and left one-level out of the highest spot within the standings, however a penalty to Kyle Larson on Wednesday moved Truex 34 markers forward. With solely eight races remaining within the common season, Truex is trying to be the collection chief at race 26 and gather 15 further playoff factors to hold into the postseason.
Relating to stage racing, nobody has been higher than Truex and the No. seventy eight workforce. He leads the collection with thirteen Stage 1 and a couple of wins and 235 stage factors earned. His sweep of the levels and race win at Kentucky have boosted him to twenty-eight playoff factors. Actually, Truex has scored the win in seven of the final 12 first and second levels courting again to Dover Worldwide Speedway in early June.
“It feels good to have these bonus factors,” Truex stated. “We will attempt to get as many as we will. We all know they will be essential. We might have used a handful of them final yr to get via Talladega, so we’ll attempt to hold racking them up.”
A part of Truex’s stage success has been his stellar 7.9 common beginning place this season.
“I feel in the event you take a look at our qualifying averages, we have been actually stout that means,” stated Cole Pearn, crew chief of the No. seventy eight. “Undoubtedly our greatest as a group. I feel having good monitor place to start out the race is a large, essential a part of it, and also you’re capable of keep that, it makes it lots simpler to attain stage factors for positive.”
Pearn and the group have been offering Truex with quick automobiles all season lengthy, which haven’t solely helped in qualifying and to get the wins, but in addition to steer a collection-greatest 1,one hundred fifteen laps.
“I simply present up and get in them,” Truex stated. “Truthfully, the automobiles these days, you possibly can sit in 10 of them, 10 totally different ones 10 weeks in a row. You can’t inform the distinction actually. These guys are so good at constructing them. I feel actually the one factor I do anymore is transfer my mirror as a result of it is by no means in the correct spot for no matter cause. Actually each weekend it is in a special spot, however the whole lot else is ideal.”
Truex, who led 152 laps at Kentucky, was out entrance for probably the most laps in each races mixed at New Hampshire in 2016 with 264. On this occasion final yr, Truex led 123 laps till a damaged shifter took him out of rivalry.
“They are saying you must lose them earlier than you win them, and if that’s the case then we’re due in New Hampshire,” Truex stated.
This weekend, Truex will debut a brand new sponsor on his No. seventy eight Toyota with Wix Filters. All three of Truex’s wins this season have include three totally different main sponsors – Bass Professional Outlets/Tracker Boats, Auto-House owners Insurance coverage and Furnishings Row/Denver Mattress.