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Martin Truex Jr. looks to continue 2018 success at MIS

Posted On Friday, 08 June 2018 13:07 Written by
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BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Defending NASCAR champ Martin Truex Jr. hasn’t grabbed the headlines as much as Kyle Busch or Kevin Harvick, but he’s arguably on part with those two in terms of being the title favorite.

In my view he’s the most impressive driver of the year, considering his Furniture Row Racing team is down to one car this season -- the last time I can remember a one-car team running this well? Perhaps Alan Kulwicki.

By comparison, Harvick and Busch are part of powerhouse four-car teams.

It’s true that Truex has the support of Toyota and a close affiliation with mighty Joe Gibbs Racing, but I don’t think that diminishes what he is doing in 2018. If Truex can repeat as champion in 2018, it will be one of the most impressive runs in recent years.

Fresh off a win at Pocono, Truex is looking to continue his winning ways in the Irish Hills, where he ended up sixth and second in the two 2017 races.

“I felt we had the best car at the Michigan races last year but came away empty handed in the win column,” said Truex. “In fact if we circled races that we haven’t won at prior to the season Michigan would be high on the list. We really want this victory after what happened last year. Although they were both solid finishes, they were frustrating results from our standpoint,” said the Furniture Row Racing driver.

Overall, Truex’s MIS record includes: 24 starts, six top fives, nine top 10s, 207 laps led, average starting spot of 13.8 and average finish of 15.4.

Truex said that his season could have been even better at this point, if not for some bad luck.

“I think if you look at our season as a whole -- we had four weekends where obviously we finished really bad,” Truex noted. “We had two blown tires and got caught in two wrecks all coming in four straight weeks, which really hurt us and set us back momentum-wise, but more so points-wise.  Besides those four races, we've been top-five all but once. So if you look at that, it's like, it's pretty good.”

Truex also mentioned a couple personal ties to the track, and that he is a fan of Michigan’s waterways.

“Michigan has always been a special place for me. It’s where Sherry (Pollex) grew up and it’s also the closest track to our crew chief Cole Pearn’s hometown of London, Ontario. I am sure he will have family and friends attending the race.  And yes, the fishing in northern Michigan is fantastic.”


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Matt M. Myftiu

Matt Myftiu has been a journalist for two decades with a focus on technology, NASCAR and autos.

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