Is Martin Truex Jr. a True Title Contender?


What a weekend for Martin Truex Jr. and everyone at Furniture Row Racing. After being so dominate the last few weeks and coming up short each time, they finally got it, that covenant win. Now that it seems that Martin Truex Jr. is a lock for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, is he a true title contender?

Yes! Over and over again.

Although over the last couple of weeks it seemed that Truex could become the next Ryan Newman of 2014 by not winning a race and be in the championship final-four, his win on Sunday wiped any thoughts of a repeat. Not only did the win at Pocono give him and the No. 78 team a vote of confidence, it snapped a 69-race winless streak for the 39-year old driver.

After the season Truex has last year, just a pinch of the success he ishaving this year would make the New Jersey native excited. However, throw in that he has been a contender in almost every race this season, and that is icing on the cake and proof that MTJ and FRR have turned the corner.

In the off season after his 2014 campaign, Truex acknowledged that he was going through personal and team issues, and just wasn’t on top of him game. He had his worst season in the Sprint Cup Series as he finished a disappointing 24th in the standings. He vowed that 2015 would be different.

Man, what a year makes.

“You’ve got to surround yourself with good people, and I’m just thankful for Barney Visser (Furniture Row Racing owner), for Joe Garone (Furniture Row Racing GM) and making good decisions over the off-season, giving Cole (Pearn, crew chief) the reins, and he took it from there, honestly.”

In 2015, Truex has 13 top-10’s in 14 race so far this year and the only other driver to be at that mark or better is Kevin Harvick, the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion. He has shown consistency and the results were much improved over last year results for his Furniture Row Racing team.

The season is deep enough into the season now to prove Truex’s success hasn’t been a fluke. In fact, it seems that he is only getting better as he has led the most laps in the last three races – Kansas (95), Charlotte (131), Dover (131) and Pocono (97). His total lap led over the last four races, 454, and total in 2015 of 486, is the second highest output of laps led in a season in his career.

We’ve seen plenty drivers over the years start hot and fizzle throughout the year. With the strength and determination of not just the driver, but the team as a whole, FRR’s success this year is no fluke. The numbers that the No. 78 team have rattled off this year are impressive and as long as they keep hitting on all cylinders, Truex will be a contender for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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