As we head to the next stop on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, there will likely be two drivers, in particular, eyeing one another – and being eyed by everyone else too. Following a dramatic last lap dust-up in the 2018 Playoff race at Martinsville Speedway, everyone is likely going to be looking when and if Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano get near each other in Sunday’s STP 500 (2 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Eventual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Logano and 2017 series champion Truex Jr. battled door-to-door coming to the finish line with some aggressive beating-and-banging that resulted in Logano earning the victory.
Truex has top-five finishes in the last three Martinsville races and has won the pole position twice at the venue. Right now, his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team has finished top-10 in the last four races of the 2019 season including two runner-ups.
Not only does Truex have a strong record at Martinsville, he smiles and reminds he has a good memory about racing the track, too – for the good and the bad. He had worked his way all the up through the field from a 33rd-place starting position and led 18 laps before getting passed by Logano on the last lap in November.
“We’ve certainly got some unfinished business going into Martinsville this weekend,’’ Truex said. “It’s a place that wasn’t one of my favorites early in my career, but the last few years, I feel like I’ve really started to get a handle on it.”
“A lot of that can be attributed to having a really good crew chief and driving fast cars. It would mean a lot to win there especially after how the last race there ended up. I’m confident that we’ll have a fast SiriusXM Toyota Camry this weekend and be right there to have a shot at the end of the race.”