The Daytona 500 is behind us and everyone has had a chance to see what the new NASCAR Gen-6 car will do on a super speedway. Now a true test of the new car is on the Horizon. Phoenix International Raceway is a perfect place to provide fans with a true look on how the new car will run on a wider variety of tracks on the circuit.
Martin Truex Jr. believes that the fans will be treated to a good race at Phoenix. Truex, driver of the No. 56 NAPA Filters Toyota, predicts this weekend’s race will serve as the best preview of what race fans can expect from NASCAR’s new Gen-6 car in 2013.
“The fastest car will be up front. Phoenix is a great racetrack. It’s put on some great racing since they repaved it,” Truex said. “There are a lot of questions that have gone unanswered when it comes to the flatter, shorter tracks with the new Gen-6 car. It’s going to be an interesting weekend and I think we are going to see a lot of things that come up that we didn’t expect.”
Not all of the Gen-6 questions were answered during Speedweeks or the Daytona 500. Having another race under the belt will allow teams and drivers an opportunity for setting up the car. Truex thinks the additional seat time on a different type of track will be a great opportunity for teams to see what information carries over from the last race or even from last year.
“I think it will be interesting to see what teams have a real handle on this car. Who did the best homework in the off season? That’s what I am really excited about,” Truex said. “I want to go there and see what Michael Waltrip Racing has. I know that we have had strong cars at Phoenix in the past. Last year we were really strong. Now it’s time to see what we really have. It should be really fun.”
During the Daytona 500 Truex was able to move into the second position at one point and appeared ready to take on the leaders for a possible victory. Instead engine issues relegated him to a 24th-place finish. Truex is high on returning to Phoenix and to put the 500 behind.
“The track rates very high on my scale. I’ve had a lot of strong runs there in the past. In the fall, we qualified second,” Truex said. “So now, I am looking forward to going back and taking advantage of another fast NAPA Toyota.”