Martin Truex Jr. had a great start to the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. He was running in the top five in the closing laps of the season opening Daytona 500, but was caught up in a crash not of his doing. He’d finish 18th as a result. The next five straight races, he finished in the top five in each. But, starting at Texas a few weeks ago, he’s struggled.
He was involved in early crashes at Texas and Bristol and hasn’t finished in the top 30 since. Truex though, could get back to his dominating ways this weekend at the Richmond Raceway.
In his last nine Richmond starts, Truex has finished inside the top 10 in six of them. But, he has just one top five finish since Sept. 2008 though. He’s been solid, but not as strong.
Last Fall for example, he was well on his way to winning and thinking that he was ending that drought. Unfortunately, Truex left very frustrated when a back marker (Derrike Cope) crashed all by himself in the closing laps. He was seconds away from taking the white flag and this being a moot point. Instead, the field had to pit under the caution and Truex sequentially was crashed on the ensuing restart.
It wasn’t a finish indicative on how good of a car he had. Now, he’s out to make up for that in his No. 78 Toyota on Saturday night from the last time out at Richmond and to end this recent string of bad finishes.