Martin Truex Jr wished that he had more playoff points heading into the postseason. He only had 14 of them. In past years, he typically doubled that amount coming into the playoffs.
Then, factor in Bristol, Talladega and the ROVAL making up half of the races in the first two rounds and the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion was uneasy. Also, he had a new crew chief too. How would this play out?
After the first two races, he’s comfortable.
Truex, should have had a top two in the playoff opener for the Southern 500. He and Chase Elliott tangled while battling for the lead with 14 to go. He swept both stages still and gained two very valuable playoff points by virtue of that.
Then, he did score a runner up last Saturday night in Richmond. His second place run was his ninth top-five finish in the last 10 races, eight of which coming in the top three. In fact, he’s had three runner-ups in his last five starts in 2020 and four since July. He’s also had five third place finishes during this span too.
He could very well have two runner ups in two playoff starts coming to Saturday nights race at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway. He’s +38 now in the standings heading to the Bristol night race which is comfort because he’s had one top 10 in his just 16 Bristol starts with his last top five coming in 2012. Furthermore, he’s finished 20th or worse there in 12 of his last 14 starts too.
So, to be +38, he’s in a good spot.