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Emotional And Key Support Makes Truex Dangerous

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Fuel mileage played a part in who would take home the trophy for the I Love New York 355 At The Glen, and it played out at the right time for Martin Truex Jr picking up his season leading fourth win. Leading 24 laps and finishing second in both stages showcased how much Truex wanted his first win at Watkins Glen completing his goal of winning at both road courses which include Sonoma. Playing the fuel game and refusing to give up the lead till the end opened up his championship debate in several categories.

With only four races left, the playoff window is tightening and makes it extremely harder for winless drivers to get locked in. Along with four wins, fourteen stage wins combined with thirty four playoff points officially makes Truex the favorite to win the championship with recent contender Kyle Larson starting to slide down in the regular season standings and Kyle Busch surging. Even if Busch did catch Truex in the regular season standings (116), it will not overlook the fact what Truex has left in their wake.

All six Joe Gibbs Racing related drivers all finished in the top ten at Watkins Glen: Matt Kenseth second, Daniel Suarez third (won Stage Two), Denny Hamlin fourth, pole sitter Kyle Busch seventh (won the Zippo 200 and Stage One) and Erik Jones tenth. While the actual JGR team were going winless in 2017, Truex technically was helping build that alliance. JGR’s alliance with Furniture Row Racing the last few years made Truex the winning veteran he is today now that he has 11 career wins, nine of those from within the alliance.

Crew chief Cole Pearn has also been the biggest piece of the puzzle that has been missing throughout Truex’s career. Pearn has helped Truex become a dark horse and then a championship contender within an almost three year span. The alliance and Pearn strategies have made Truex now a true contender as the new stage format also played a part in his latest career season. Emotional support also played a part in his yielding victory at Watkins Glen which could make FRR even stronger.

Sherry Pollex made her return to the track and was called Truex’s good luck charm and racing close to home has become a big factor making him an official lock for the championship. With the right crew chief, equipment and all the emotional support he can get, it can make Truex not only a contender, but most likely one of the most dangerous.

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