Martin Truex Jr. Knows it Will Take More to Keep
Advancing in the Chase
The plan for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season was all laid out well before Martin Truex Jr., and his Furniture Row Racing team, ever arrived in Florida for the Daytona 500. Win at least one race. Qualify for the Chase. Advance to the final round of the Chase with a chance to win the Sprint Cup championship.
Everything has gone according to plan. Actually, the season has probably gone better than anyone associated with the number 78 could have even hoped. Truex picked up his Chase qualifying win at Pocono, and this past weekend the New Jersey native used an 11th place finish, after starting 43rd, to advance to the second round of the Chase.
However, as the Sprint Cup series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend Truex knows they will have to step up their performance even more if they hope to achieve their ultimate goal.
"We're excited about advancing into the second round of the Chase even though it means more sleepless nights," said Truex. "We haven't been really good or really bad so far in the Chase. We've been consistent and that's why we got past the first round. But to advance into the next round we'll need to step up our game."
His first chance comes at Charlotte, a track he has not had much success at during his career. That is until the Coke 600 in May, when he led a race-high 131 laps, in what he thought would be a win.
"I was waiting for those four cars to run out of fuel and then drive to Victory Lane," said Truex. "But somehow they managed to stretch the fuel window."
It was his only top-five finish in 20 starts at Charlotte.
Looking a little farther ahead in this round of the Chase, Truex had a 9th place finish at Kansas, and a 5th at Talladega, the other two tracks of the three that will decide the four finalists for the championship.
The 35-year-old feels he, and his team, knows what it will take to perform well at Charlotte and Kansas, but Talladega is a different story.
"At Charlotte and Kansas you know what it takes to win. But then there's Talladega, a crap-shoot type of race. A few inches there could mean the difference of advancing to the next round or being eliminated from the Chase."
The uncertainty of Talladega makes Charlotte and Kansas even more important.
Truex will have to get it done at Charlotte from 15th position following a qualifying session held on Thursday. While not the time trial result he had hoped for, it is certainly a lot better than the 43rd of last weekend.
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