Easter Break is just what Martin Truex Jr. Needs
Martin Truex Jr. needs a break, and he is finally going to get one. Not one on the track, which he so desperately needs, but one in the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.
While a break on the track seems long overdue, the break in the schedule may be more important at this point. Truex, and his Furniture Row Racing team, have struggled in 2014. They, currently, sit 28th in the overall points standings, and have yet to put together a solid effort in any of the first eight races of the season.
So, just how bad of a season has it been thus far for Truex? The NJ native sits only one place higher than the much-maligned Danica Patrick in the overall points standings.
There are also three rookies ahead of him in the standings. Austin Dillon has been amazingly consistent, and as a result the driver of the Richard Childress Racing number 3 is 10th in the standings. Kyle Larson, who has made everyone forget about Juan Pablo Montoya, finds himself 14th in the points, and Justin Allgaier is just ahead of Truex in 27th.
Truex is also 71 points out of the 16th position in points. This is significant because the top-16 in points will qualify for the Chase if there are not more than 16 winners. Of course, a win could change everything.
The Easter break on the Sprint Cup schedule could provide Truex, and his team, a great opportunity to step back, take a look at what they can fix, and regroup. They can look at Richmond, next on the schedule, as the start of a new season.
In fact, the schedule may actually be of some help to Truex. His average finish at Richmond, last season, was 12th, with a 7th in the fall race. Talladega was even better. The driver of the 78 finished 7th and 8th there last season. His average finish of 12th at Kansas, and 15th at Charlotte, last season, would also seem to bode well.
Of course, the biggest change Truex will need to turn this season around is a change in luck. Guess we know where Truex should be spending his Easter Sunday.
Don’t forget to check out our sponsor Wrenchware, and their great products. Go to their website, and use the code RAJ10OFF for a 10% savings on your total purchase. Support local auto racing by supporting the sponsors.