Does the road to a Sprint Cup title go through Martin Truex Jr.?
Fresh off his second win of the Chase at Dover International Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway on a hot streak at just the right time.
Truex's first of four wins so far this season came in the Coca-Cola 500 at the 1.5-mile track in May, a race where he dominated after leading 392 of 400 laps -- breaking an all-time NASCAR record for most miles led by a driver and an event record for most laps led.
In his 399th Sprint Cup start in Saturday night's Bank of America 500, Truex is looking for a repeat performance.
"Charlotte was never one of my best tracks until recently," said Truex. "We hit on something last year and things got so much better. We're hoping that our setup will continue to be as good this weekend."
In the last five races, Truex has posted an incredible average finish of 2.6. Although Truex has emerged as the driver to beat in the Chase, he's knows the next three races in the Round of 12 won't be a walk in the park.
"It's been a fairytale type of season so far," said Truex. "But no matter how well we have raced lately, the bottom line is that 12 drivers -- all capable of winning the championship -- start the second round of the Chase with the same amount of points. It would be nonproductive to look in the rearview mirror or look past this weekend's race."
As the next elimination round is set to began on Saturday night, Truex is focused on taking one race at a time.
"We have to go out there each week and try to be as prepared as we can," he said. "We're not going to change who we are. We didn't do that before the Chase started. We just got hot and we got momentum, and hopefully we don't lose it."
So does the road to a Sprint Cup championship go through Truex and the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team?
If they're able to keep riding the same wave of momentum that started with a win at Chicagoland, that could very well be the case.