Martin Truex Jr. hasn’t won a race since early May. That’s the bad news if you’re a Truex fan. The good news? That win came at Darlington Raceway, the last time the NASCAR Cup Series convened at the fabled South Carolina track. This fact — coupled with the fact that Truex has performed quite well in recent weeks despite not winning — has the driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota feeling good about his chances of not only completing the Darlington season sweep but also being a serious contender for his second Cup championship in the upcoming weeks.
“I feel good in confidence,” said Truex, a three-time winner in 2021. “I feel like we are in a good spot. Our team is confident. They are doing a great job. Good tracks are always a good sign. There are still a few tracks there that are tough, and the playoffs are always tough in general with the eliminations. If you have a bad week or two, you could find yourself in a bad spot. That’s something that can happen to anyone. We are confident in what we can do. We just need to go execute and not have any big issues.”
Truex’s win at Darlington in May was his second at the “Track Too Tough to Tame,” and he led an impressive 248 of 293 laps. “Darlington was an awesome race for us this year, so I look forward to kicking it off there and see what we can do,” Truex said.