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Truex, Jr. enters New Hampshire looking for another win

By NASCAR Media
  Contact Editor

Martin Truex, Jr. was the class of the field at Kentucky, leading a race-high 152 laps and winning every stage on his way to victory lane. He is now tied with Jimmie Johnson for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wins lead with three. Truex leads second-place Kyle Larson in the points standings by 34 points.

With the two stage wins and victory at Kentucky, Truex increased his playoff point total to 28 – 12 points better than the next-best competitor (Johnson).

The No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota driver will attempt to earn his second consecutive win in Sunday’s Overton’s 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In 22 starts at the Magic Mile, Truex has no wins, three top fives, eight top 10s and a 13.7 average finish.

Statistically, Truex has been the most dominant driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this season. In addition to being tied for the wins lead, he ranks first in average running positon (8.3), fastest laps (626), laps led (1,115, 21.4%) and driver rating (105.9).

WDUN will have live PRN Radio coverage of Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton’s 301 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway beginning at 2 pm on 102.9 FM and AM 550.

NHMS Six Pack: Series Record Of Five Consecutive Wins From The Pole Could Be Extended To Six

New Hampshire Motor Speedway will set the stage for the Overton’s 200 on Saturday, and offers the chance for NASCAR Xfinity Series competitors to extend the series record of five consecutive wins at the track from the Coors Light Pole to six.

The streak of wins from the pole at New Hampshire began in 2012, when Brad Keselowski pulled into victory lane after leading 131 of 200 laps. The next four series races at NHMS followed suit, Kyle Busch won from the pole after leading 141 laps in 2013, then Brad Keselowski won again from the pole in 2014 after leading 152 laps. The third driver to win from the pole at New Hampshire was Denny Hamlin after leading 145 of the 200 laps in 2015. But it was Kyle Busch’s dominant win last season from the Coors Light Pole leading 190 of 200 laps (95%) that set the new series record of five consecutive wins from the pole at one track.

The previous record for consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series wins from the pole at one track was four; held by Rockingham Speedway (1982-1984) – David Pearson (’82), Dale Earnhardt (’83), Sam Ard (Mar. ’84) and Geoff Bodine (Oct. ’84).

Two of three drivers who have contributed to the current streak are entered this weekend. The series leader in poles (four) at New Hampshire, Brad Keselowski, will be in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford, and the series wins leader at New Hampshire (five), Kyle Busch, will be in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

WDUN will have live PRN Radio coverage of Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series Overton's 200 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway beginning at 3:30 pm on 102.9 FM and AM 550.

Race Weekend Guide

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Next Race: Overton’s 301
The Place: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
The Date: Sunday, July 16
The Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, 2:30 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 318.46 miles (301 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 75),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 150), Final Stage (Ends on lap 301)

NASCAR Xfinity Series
Next Race: Overton’s 200
The Place: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
The Date: Saturday, July 15
The Time: 4 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, 3:30 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 211.6 miles (200 laps); Stage 1 (Ends on lap 45),
Stage 2 (Ends on lap 90), Final Stage (Ends on lap 200)

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