Martin Truex Jr. enjoys consistency with Furniture Row Racing but a win has eluded the No. 78 Chevy.
KANSAS CITY, MO. — Martin Truex Jr. is having a remarkable season.
He’s second in the Sprint Cup point standings for the first time since the eighth race in 2012. But even then, Truex had not enjoyed a string of seven top 10s leading up to his second-place ranking as he has in the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevy.
Nor did he survive Talladega Superspeedway unscathed in the spring race three years ago. Truex’ fifth-place finish on the 2.66-mile track tied a career-best dating back to the fall race in 2006.
And while it’s been 66 races since Truex’ last win, Kansas Speedway ranks as one of his best venues of late on the Sprint Cup tour. In his last six starts on the 1.5-mile track, Truex has posted four top-five finishes.
Now, he’s looking to improve on his pair of second-place finishes in 2012 with a trip to Victory Lane this weekend.
I don’t know what it is about the track, it’s not much different than any other mile-and-a-half track, but something about the way the corners are laid out there seems to fit my style.
Martin Truex Jr.
“I love Kansas Speedway,” Truex said. “I don’t know what it is about the track, it’s not much different than any other mile-and-a-half track, but something about the way the corners are laid out there seems to fit my style. I’ve run well at Kansas, led a lot of laps and feel I should have won a few times there.”
Truex average qualifying effort of 14th ranks third among his best track. His 251 laps led at Kansas Speedway is the most for the at any track on the tour. But the 34-year-old Mayetta, N.J. native won’t be satisfied until he’s leading the last lap.
“The grooves at Kansas are starting to widen out, which is good,” Truex said. “We’re now running second and third grooves on longer runs. Last year I had my best finish of the season at Kansas. I think we can do better considering how much we have improved since that race.”
Considering how dramatically Truex’ performance has improved over last season, a breakthrough win this weekend would not be hard to fathom.
In the driver’s first season with FRR he posted one top five (a fourth-place finish at Kansas), five top 10s and led just one lap. In 2015, Truex has two top fives, nine top 10s and has led 32 laps in the first 10 races. Sprint Cup point leader Kevin Harvick is the only other driver on the tour with nine top 10 finishes.
“We’re enjoying the top-10s this season, but we want to get up there and be fighting for a win,” said Truex. “Cole (Pearn, crew chief), the engineering staff and all the guys at the track and at the shop have done an outstanding job.
“We’re having plenty of fun, but we want that victory really bad.”