Truex has gained 4 races this season – second-most among the many title contenders – and gained the spring race at Phoenix Raceway, the venue of Sunday’s title race.
But Truex appears to have flown underneath the radar as a result of three of his victories got here early within the season.
Whereas he needed to combat and claw for the fourth-place end at Martinsville final weekend that allowed him to advance to the title race, Truex’s championship hopes seem to have improved dramatically.
“Phoenix has been a superb observe for us; 750 [horsepower] tracks have been type of what we’ve been our greatest at this yr, not solely JGR however the #19 crew particularly,” Truex stated. “All 4 of our wins have include this bundle and these guidelines.
“I benefit from the 750 stuff, so I’m fired up and enthusiastic about this weekend. I feel we are able to get it performed.”
Goodyear tyre benefit?
Truex may additionally have one other issue on his facet.
Not solely did he win earlier this yr at Phoenix, however within the 4 races this season which have featured the identical Goodyear tyre choice that will likely be used on this Sunday’s race (spring Phoenix, New Hampshire and each Richmond races), Truex gained two of them.
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He’s the one one among 4 Championship four drivers to win a race this season on that tyre choice.
Surprisingly sufficient, nearly as good as Larson has been all yr, he fared the worst among the many 4 title contenders on the tyre getting used this weekend. Within the 4 earlier races, Larson had a median end of 9.5 and led a grand complete of 9 laps.
Truex plans to make use of each benefit he can on Sunday and having gained the spring Phoenix race with what he known as the most effective automobile he ever had at this observe it simply raises his confidence.
“We’d like to ensure we hit it proper. And clearly that (win) was some time in the past. Issues have modified, guidelines, tech procedures,” he stated.
“Issues will likely be just a little bit completely different. Actually, the climate goes to be completely different. It’s going to be hotter out right here than it was then. No PJ-1 [traction compound], simply spraying resin. The observe goes to be completely different.
“You’ve acquired to go on the market and observe and do what you all the time do. That’s use your greatest guess instinct and your really feel and your intestine, engineering and all these issues that go into it and put all of it collectively.
“Hopefully, you mash all of it collectively and are available out with a successful automobile on Sunday.”