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Truex Jr. turning corner
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Martin Truex Jr. turns laps at Phoenix International Raceway. Truex Jr. has scored two consecutive top-ten finishes.
By Dominic Aragon
June 12, 2014
After a rough start to 2014, Martin Truex Jr. and his No. 78 team have scored two consecutive top-ten finishes.
According to Truex Jr., the single-car team from Denver, Colorado has shown glimpses of competitiveness in 2014, and the results do not show the full picture.
“We [have] had top-10 cars all year but we were not able to finish races," Truex Jr. said. "The last two weeks, we finished the races and got some decent results. We’re gaining but still have a ways to get to where we want to be with our Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet.”
Truex Jr. sits 24th in Cup points heading into this Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway, the highest the veteran driver has been ranked yet this season.
Truex Jr. is currently 61 points outside of making the Chase on points alone. Although he hasn’t scored a top-five finish or led a lap this season, he has climbed two spots the last two races and has gained 22 points on the Chase cutoff.
In a season with rule changes on points, Truex Jr.’s team can maximize their opportunity at making the playoffs with a win before the Richmond race in September.
For Truex Jr., the expectations from his team and fans alike are likely high, especially with him driving for a team that made NASCAR’s post-season in 2013.
“We still need to get that victory to make the Chase,” Truex Jr. said. “The progress we’ve made lately gives us more optimism to nail down that win.”