Loudon II: Martin Truex Jr preview

Truex Looking for Improved Consistency During Final 10 Races MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 9, 2008) -- When the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season began, Martin Truex Jr. talked about the need for consistent finishes if he and his team were to make the...

Truex Looking for Improved Consistency During Final 10 Races

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 9, 2008) -- When the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season began, Martin Truex Jr. talked about the need for consistent finishes if he and his team were to make the 2008 Chase. While the consistency has been there at times for the No. 1 Bass Pro Team, the performance has yet to live up to the lofty expectations.

"It seems that we've been finishing anywhere between 15th and 20th, and we're a better team than that," Truex said. "We've been just a tick off the last few races, but it is so competitive in the Sprint Cup Series that a tick can mean the difference between a top five and a top 15."

As the series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Sunday's Sylvania 300, Truex spoke about the need to improve his average finishing position over the last 10 races of the season and build some momentum for next season.

"Obviously, we are disappointed that we didn't make the Chase this year," said Truex, who currently sits 17th in the point standings. "Honestly, I would not have believed that we would not make it, but we can't worry about that now.

"Now, we have to decide how we are going to finish the season," added Truex. "Are we going to sit around and mope about what didn't happen, or are we going to go out and win some races and build something for '09. It really is up to us how we end our season."

"I'm glad we've got Loudon coming up this weekend. It ranks right up there as one of my favorite tracks. I've just always felt comfortable there, and I can't think of a better place to get our final stretch started off on a strong note."

Truex's confidence is backed up by statistics: the driver of the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet has an average finish of tenth at NHIS. The Mayetta, N.J. native also scored a Nationwide Series victory at the 1.058 mile track in 2005.

"I'm looking forward to these last 10 races," Truex said. "It's time to see what we're made of."

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