Regardless of his 19 wins at Cup and a string championship in 20 17, Truex has never made a win at one of their Cup series’ short trails (Martinsville, Richmond or even Bristol).
It’therefore not for lack of effort, either.
Which is why it disturbs Truex more — his and his teams have had cars capable of winning in recent seasons but’ve just been not able to secure the bargain.
“For me personally, it is a significant gap,” Truex said of not using a short track win in Cup. “& We ’t led at places like Richmond. I mean so many hands led and dominated races, and how may ’t even find a solution in order to complete it.
“& We ’ve ever been instant at Bristol, third at Bristol. Led a whole lot of laps two years ago from the spring. Simply maybe not needing one, it sort of does get to you a little bit focusing on how good we’ve ever been at those places. ”
With his movement to Joe Gibbs Racing this season, Truex and team chief Cole Pearn may get their first opportunity of the year on a quick track in this Sunday’s race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
Truex has five top five and 10 top-10 endings in 26 starts at Martinsville. The Mayetta, N.J., native has finished in the top five at the previous three races, including last fall where he was leading to the last lap before being bumped out of the lead by Joey Logano at the last turn.
Logano won the race went onto win his very first season championship three weeks later in Homestead, Fla..
“& We ’t undoubtedly got some amazing business going in to Martinsville this weekend. It’s place that wasn’t one of my favorites first in my career, but the past couple of years, I feel as though that ’t really started to have a handle on it,” he said.
“Lots of the will be credited to using a excellent crew chief and driving fast cars. It’d mean alot to triumph there particularly after the last race there ended up. ”
Even though without a win this season, Truex and his No. 19 JGR team have posted four sequential top-10 endings since he was involved in a wreck at the season-opening Daytona 500. He now sits in the series standings.
Even though the aero package has marginally changed at Martinsville in last year, there’s little reason to believe he won’t even once again be at the mixture for a win.
Truex has won two sticks at Martinsville and it has qualified third or even better in four of the last five races at the track.
“I’m confident we’ll have an easy Camry this weekend and also be immediately to get a shot at the conclusion of the race,” he said.