Kyle Busch hasn’t won all season. Joey Logano has one top five finish in the 13 races back from the COVID break. Hendrick Motorsports has cooled off. They had 10 stage wins in the first 19 stages but one over the last 16.
That’s why Martin Truex Jr. is vastly encouraged from his performances lately. He scored a pair of top 10 finishes in Pocono. He was unfortunately knocked out of the race at the Brickyard before it really even began from a pit road incident not of his doing. Then, he started in the back and passed cars at a Kentucky Speedway track that everyone, with the exception of Truex, struggled to pass on. He finished second.
That effort has Truex saying that he’s back.
“I feel like we’re back,” Truex said after his first top five finish since his Martinsville win last month.
Now, it’s to Wednesday nights All-Star race where his No. 19 Toyota starts on the pole. With five top 10 finishes in his last eight starts, Truex is feeling confident again.