Over the past seven Cup Series races, Truex Jr. and his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing team has finished no lower than third, including two back-to-back second-place finishes at the doubleheader this past weekend at Dover International Speedway.
Truex Jr. recent run, however, is enough to show Joe Gibbs Racing team driver will be a contender for the 2020 series title. Although his lack of wins will leave him at a slight disadvantage in playoff points to the likes of Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin & Brad Keselowski, who all have multiple wins to their name this season.
“Definitely been good to run right out front, be running top 3. That’s where you need to be running to make your way through the playoffs,” Truex said. “Obviously, wish we could have won a few more.
“Our bonus point situation is not the greatest, and that’s something that we’ve really been working hard on trying to get some more here lately. Just seems like we’re always just right there second or third.
The 40-y-o may not have the victories of some of the other Cup Series favorites, but he believes his team is performing as well as anyone right now.
“I think the results speak for themselves. For us, I think if they forget about us, that’s fine, because we’re right there. We’re ready to pounce,” he said. “Again, we’re close.
“We obviously haven’t won as many races as I think we should have, but we’re ready, and hopefully the momentum will swing our direction and they’ll forget about us and we’ll go beat them all.”