Oct 13, 2021
By David Biggy
IN THE HUNT: Martin Truex Jr. has his eyes established on Phoenix for the NASCAR Series Championship, but 1st he has to get by the up coming spherical of the playoffs, which starts this weekend. (Supplied image)
The stage is established for the next spherical of the NASCAR Series Championship and Stafford Township native Martin Truex Jr. is heading to be part of the motion, as the season heads into its last month.
Even with a 29th-location end throughout the Financial institution of The us ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway this previous weekend, Truex experienced ample playoff points – predominantly based mostly on his victory at Richmond Raceway on Sept. 11 – to protected his put among the Elite Eight.
“Luckily, we were in a position to come via today and pull out some stage factors,” Truex reported quickly following Sunday’s race. “We had a good approach but a terrible racecar. It was complete rubbish, so I’m happy we designed it. We’ll go on to the following spherical and reset. This was just 1 race. Fortunately, we experienced two very good races this spherical. You have fantastic days and lousy, and you battle via them. The subsequent a few tracks should be great for us and we’re searching ahead to it.”
Truex joins Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, along with Kyle Larson – Sunday’s winner in Richmond – and Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports, and Workforce Penske’s Ryan Blaney, Joey Lagano and Brad Keselowski. Heading into the up coming race, Larson prospects the field with 4,065 factors, adopted by Hamlin (4,030) and Truex (4,029).
The Spherical of 8 opens at Texas Motor Speedway for the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 on Sunday, Oct. 17, ahead of shifting onto the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 24 and wrapping up with the Xfinity 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 31. The collection championship is slated for Phoenix Raceway on Nov. 7.
So far this season, Truex has won 4 moments – 2nd only to Larson, who has seven victories – and completed among the leading 5 11 times. —D.B.