In last year’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. made history, leading a record 392 laps and 588 miles in NASCAR’s longest race.
Including that victory, Truex has won six times in the past year in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota, trebling his career win total to nine. But Truex knows how difficult it will be to repeat that performance—or even to come close.
“So much has changed since then,” Truex said. “The downforce package we have, the tires are different. Charlotte typically changes quite a bit day-to-day, let alone year-to-year. It’s definitely still going to be a challenge. This place is tough. I think with our success on the mile and a half’s even this year, I think we certainly should be one of the guys to beat.
“I think we are coming in feeling good about what we’re doing and the car we’re bringing, all those things. I think we’ll be one of the guys to beat. But so many things you have to do right to win these races. There’s no guarantees. We’re certainly putting the pressure on ourselves to make sure we get it all done. Hopefully, we’ll be able to put ourselves in that position. But there’s no guarantees, that’s for sure.”
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