Martin Truex Jr. has state-of-the-art to the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Playoffs’ Spherical of 12 in spite of a 24th-put finish on Sept. 19. (Supplied Picture)
Even with a 24th-put end through Saturday’s Bass Professional Outlets Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. superior to the NASCAR Cup Collection Playoff’s Spherical of 12.
Truex started off in the 3rd placement at Bristol, but the No. 19 Toyota from Joe Gibbs Racing completed only 496 of the 500 laps – a collision with JGR teammate Denny Hamlin, who rear-ended Truex, compelled them off the track for repairs – tallying just 13 factors for the race. Continue to, the Stafford Township indigenous had amassed more than enough details to stay among the top 12 heading into the upcoming 3 playoff races.
Truex sits in sixth in the playoff standings with 3,016 points, 51 details at the rear of Bristol winner Kevin Harvick (3,067), Hamlin (3,048), Brad Keselowski (3,035), Joey Logano (3,022) and Chase Elliott (3,021). Rounding out the major 12 are Alex Bowman (3,009), Austin Dillon (3,005), Aric Almirola (3,005), JGR teammate Kyle Busch (3,004), who essential a 2nd-location finish in Bristol to keep in competition, Clint Bowyer (3,004) and Kurt Busch (3,001).
The Spherical of 12 starts with the South Issue 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 27, adopted by the YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, Oct. 4, and the Bank of The us ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s street system on Sunday, Oct. 11. If Truex helps make it as a result of to the Spherical of 8, he will have three far more races to attain posture for the Championship 4 race, established for Nov. 8 at Phoenix Raceway.
So significantly this period, Truex has one particular victory in 29 starts to go with 12 top rated-five finishes and 18 best-10 finishes. He’s led 762 laps this time – fourth-highest amongst NASCAR Cup Sequence drivers. By comparison, Harvick, who has nine victories this year, has led 1,416 laps, while Keselowski has led 912 and Hamlin has led 836.
— David Biggy