Martin Truex Jr. returns to the Dover International Speedway on Sunday in the hope of securing a second Sprint Series career win on familiar hunting ground.
Now in his eighth full-time Sprint Series season, Truex Jr. will be looking to break his six-year drought in a location only two hours from his hometown.
Truex Jr. obviously feels at home at Dover’s Monster Mile as he notched up wins in 2004 and 2005 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and in 2007 the Mayetta, N.J. native scored his only Sprint Series victory at the Monster Mile.
Six years on and Truex Jr. will start the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks race confident in the knowledge he has this track pretty much tamed.
“Winning there twice in the Nationwide Series and then in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2007 makes Dover a special place for me and my family,” he told SB NATION. “I just look forward to going back and trying to win it all over again.
We’ve run well in the last six races and our numbers show it. In fact, we’ve run well all year but just had one issue or another that messes us up,” said Truex. “Our focus is on getting all the little things right so that we can be even better and better each week.”
Qualifying on Friday saw Denny Hamlin put his Toyota on pole, and Truex Jr. revealed his talent at the Monster Mile by placing his Toyota in second spot with 157.798 mph, just two-tenths of a second off Hamlin.
As it stands, Truex Jr. sits ninth in the standings, 109 points behind points leader Jimmie Johnson.
With the top points scorers in his mirrors at the Monster Mile, Truex Jr. will hope to keep them there and give his Sprint Series career the much needed rejuvenation it deserves.