Martin Truex, Jr. continued his winning ways in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs opener by taking the checkered flag at Chicagoland Speedway – his second consecutive victory. Because of his win, he advances to the second round automatically.
Truex increased his series-leading playoff point total to 58. Kyle Larson has the next-highest total with 33.
The No. 78 Furniture Row Racing driver ranks first in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in wins (5), stage wins (18), top 10s (18), average finish (10.6), average running position (7.3), driver rating (115.8), fastest laps run (1,023, 16.7%) and laps led (1,723, 24.0%).
He’ll go for back-to-back wins in the 2017 Playoffs in Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Truex has four top fives, nine top 10s and a 13.3 average finish in 23 starts at New Hampshire. He placed third there in the spring.
Just as an FYI:
Martin Truex Jr. kept his spot on top of the Playoff Grid following his win at Chicagoland. He is followed by: 2. Kyle Larson (49 points above Kurt Busch in 13th place, on the outside of advancing), 3. Kevin Harvick (+41), 4. Brad Keselowski (+35), 5. Kyle Busch (+35), 6. Denny Hamlin (+32), 7. Jimmie Johnson (+20), 8. Chase Elliott (+18), 9. Matt Kenseth (+13), 10. Ryan Blaney (+8), 11. Jamie McMurray (+5), 12. Austin Dillon (even, 16th-place finish at Chicagoland was better than Kurt Busch’s 19th), 13. Kurt Busch (even, 19th-place finish at Chicagoland was worse than Austin Dillon’s 16th), 14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (four points below Austin Dillon on the cutoff line), 15. Kasey Kahne (-5), 16. Ryan Newman (-7).
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s 25th-place finish was the lowest by a Playoff driver at Chicagoland.
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