Martin Truex Jr. earned his first top-15 in the last 15 starts with a seventh in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. had one of his best finishes this year on the short, flat track of Richmond in the Toyota Owners 400; he finished 10th, which he followed up with a 12th at New Hampshire in another effort on this track type.
Martin Truex Jr. will have a steep hill to climb on Saturday. He qualified only 29th for the Federated Auto Parts 400.
Martin Truex Jr. finished in the top five in his last two Atlanta attempts with Michael Waltrip Racing. The No. 78 team finished fourth last year with Kurt Busch behind the wheel and they both hope to keep that momentum alive.
In his last six races, Martin Truex Jr. has scored two top-10s with an average finish of 20.8.
Martin Truex Jr.’s dark horse status took a bit of a hit in the first practice for the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. He reported that he was loose everyone and when queried admitted that he was "not close."
Martin Truex Jr. will be one of this week’s best values in the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. Seven of his last eight attempts on this track type ended in top-15 results.
Martin Truex Jr. is showing an uneven tendency on flat tracks in 2014. In six starts he has top 15 finishes at Richmond, Pocono, and New Hampshire but his other three efforts ended in the 20s at Phoenix, Martinsville, and Indy.
Martin Truex Jr. enters the Crown Royal 400 with back-to-back top-15 finishes. He was eighth in 2012 and 11th in 2013.
Martin Truex Jr. blew an engine in the Daytona 500 to start the season, but he has been running at the end of every race since.
Martin Truex Jr. finished 12th in Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after scoring the 13th-best average running position of 14.456.
Martin Truex Jr. entered last year’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond with a 10-race streak of sub-10th-place finishes on the short, flat tracks of New Hampshire, Phoenix, Richmond, and Martinsville. Since then, four of his last seven races on this track type ended in top-10s.
When Martin Truex Jr. went to bed the night before the Daytona 500 in February he sincerely felt it was the best chance of his career to capture NASCAR’s biggest race.
Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet) has two top 10s and an average finish of 11.0 at Kentucky Speedway.