Truex, crew chief Cole Pearn and his Furniture Row team have transformed the No. 78 Toyota into the auto everybody in the elite field is chasing. The top 10 finishers of each of the first two stages receive bonus points. He would then go on to finish second to Truex in the Quaker State 400.
"I know his plans originally were not for this team to be a one-year deal", Truex said. "We are having fun and enjoying ourselves obviously and last week was a big win. But our main focus is making sure we are ready for these last 10 and try to do the best we can to win our first championship".
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This year's points leader Martin Truex Jr., has 709 points and three wins and took over the lead thanks to his win last weekend in Kentucky and a penalty assessed against Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing for a rear brake cooling assembly that didn't meet standards at the same race. NASCAR quickly announced the penalty, and Larson's time was disallowed because of an unapproved rear deck fin lid. 11 different drivers have won through the first 18 races of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Larson's team was penalized 35 points this week by NASCAR, erasing what had been a one-point advantage over Truex in the driver standings. "You never know how things are going to go, you can be on a good run and you can be on a bad run".
"I am really excited to get to New Hampshire", Byron said. "We are going to do the best job we can do and let it fall where it does". JGR drivers Matt Kenseth (three wins), Denny Hamlin (two) and Kyle Busch (two) have all won at New Hampshire. Cole Custer, who became the youngest victor in NASCAR national series history when he won at New Hampshire in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2014, makes his track NASCAR Xfinity Series debut.