Martin Truex Jr. had a great last pit call to keep him out for track position in the end of June’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Pocono Raceway. Clean air trumped new tires as Truex led the final 21 laps en route to his second career victory on the Tricky Triangle. Now, the Furniture Row Racing driver is aiming to win in the return trip this weekend for the Gander Outdoors 400 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
If Truex can take his No. 78 Toyota to victory lane on Sunday, he will become the first driver since Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2014 to sweep both Cup Series races on the 2.5-mile track in the same season. Other than Earnhardt, the last time that someone accomplished that feat before him was Denny Hamlin in 2006. Jimmie Johnson also did it in 2004 too. Throw in Bobby Labonte doing it in 1999 and you’d see that those are the only three to do so over the last 30 years.
Odds are stacked against Truex to say the least.
But, if it was going to happen, this would be the year that it will. Truex, has won four times already this season as he Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch have combined to win 15 of the 20 races run. The parity isn’t there in 2018 like it has been in the past. Plus, Truex has been very good at Pocono as of late anyways. He finished sixth and third respectively in 2017 and had his win in June as well. On top of all of that, Truex has been running extremely well heading into this weekend too, as he has scored four top five finishes in his last five starts on the season. Furthermore, he has eight top four finishes over the last nine races on the year, three of which being wins.
So, if he’s going to sweep the year, this is the year it’s going to happen.