The next stop on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is this weekend at the Kansas Speedway for the first night race of the season. With that being said, one driver comes to mind as the odds on favorite – Martin Truex Jr.
Last year, Truex had this race all but won on the 1.5-mile track. He started on the pole and dominated leading all but a handful of laps before what should have been his final pit stop of the night. Instead of cruising to an easy victory under the lights at Kansas in 2016, he had a tire issue which forced him to pit again.
He’d finish 14th.
But, he led a race-high 172 of the 267 laps that night and was the clear No. 1 contender.
Mix that with a pure domination at Las Vegas, a track similar to Kansas back in March, and it’s easy to see why Truex’s No. 78 Toyota should be among the favorites this weekend.
In Las Vegas, Truex won both stages of the Kobalt 400 and even won the race too for a clean sweep of the race weekend. Now, all that momentum comes to Kansas, a place where Truex can easily pick up his second victory of the 2017 season.
In the May race at Kansas in 2015, Truex also led 95 more laps too en route to a ninth place finish. He also led 173 laps and finished second in the spring Kansas race in 2012. This race feels like it owes Truex one, and that could come this weekend.