New Hampshire Motor Speedway is the only track at which Martin Truex Jr., Martin Truex Sr. and Ryan Truex all have won NASCAR races.
But for Truex Jr., good finishes have been hard to come by recently at the Loudon, N.H., track.
The Stafford Township native has just one top-10 finish in his past seven races at New Hampshire, despite having started in the top 10 in three of those races.
It’s a bit strange because in 2007 and ’08, New Hampshire was one of Truex’s best tracks: He finished third, fifth, fourth and seventh in those four races.
“New Hampshire hasn’t been one of my best tracks since joining Michael Waltrip Racing (in 2010),” Truex said in quotes provided this week by MWR. “I don’t know why. We’ve struggled a little bit.”
Truex qualified fourth and finished 11th at Loudon in July.
“In the spring race, we had a decent run and showed some gains,” he said. “It is a tough track to get a hold of. It’s almost impossible to get your car to turn in the corners and the tires chatter. It’s the same for everyone; it is just a matter of being smarter. I feel like we are taking some new stuff back there and our NAPA Toyota should be a whole lot better.”
Crew chief Chad Johnston also was optimistic that this race will be different than the past few at New Hampshire.
“I like the plan we have for this weekend,” Johnston said in quotes provided by MWR. “We learned a lot of stuff at Richmond (last week) and it translated into a fast (car). We also learned a few things at our Martinsville tire test that should carry over to this weekend. Richmond, Martinsville and New Hampshire are not similar in configuration, but you attack them with the same short-track mentality.
“I will be honest, in the past I’ve never been overly thrilled to go to New Hampshire. However, this time I am really looking forward to it.”
Truex is in the midst of the best season of his Cup career. He is ninth in the standings after one of 10 races in the Chase for the championship. A good run at Loudon, which his family has long considered one of its “home” tracks in NASCAR, would mean a lot.
“Hopefully, we can go there and continue to run up front like we have been doing lately,” Truex said. “It’s a place that has always been special for me. I enjoy going there, so I hope I can keep our momentum going and have a strong run.”