New Jersey native Martin Truex Jr. has long considered Dover International Raceway a home track and certainly his performances there indicate a good relationship.
The reigning Cup champion was fourth in the June race and fourth there in this race last year after winning the Busch Pole position. He has eight top-10 finishes in his last nine starts (with the outlier being an 11th-place finish), including top-five finishes in his last four races here – highlighted by a win in the 2016 Playoff race. He’s led 518 laps in the last seven Dover races.
“No question Dover has been a good track for us,” said Truex, who drives the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. “I really feel comfortable driving there. It’s been one of my favorite tracks.”
“Though we enter Dover with a modest cushion of Playoff bonus points, we are very well aware that those points can evaporate in a hurry. We need to remain consistent with solid finishes and try to get as many stage points as possible.
“We also like Kansas Speedway, which is the third and final race in the Round of 12. Had plenty of success there too. Talladega (next race after Dover) is a wild card and we haven’t had much luck there, so we need to make sure we shine at Dover and Kansas to make the next round on our own and not worry about what other drivers are doing.”
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