Fresh off a win at Pocono, Truex is looking to continue his winning ways in the Irish Hills, where he ended up sixth and second in the two 2017 races.
“I felt we had the best car at the Michigan races last year but came away empty handed in the win column,” said Truex. “In fact if we circled races that we haven’t won at prior to the season Michigan would be high on the list. We really want this victory after what happened last year. Although they were both solid finishes, they were frustrating results from our standpoint,” said the Furniture Row Racing driver.
Overall, Truex’s MIS record includes: 24 starts, six top fives, nine top 10s, 207 laps led, average starting spot of 13.8 and average finish of 15.4.
Truex said that his season could have been even better at this point, if not for some bad luck.
“I think if you look at our season as a whole -- we had four weekends where obviously we finished really bad,” Truex noted. “We had two blown tires and got caught in two wrecks all coming in four straight weeks, which really hurt us and set us back momentum-wise, but more so points-wise. Besides those four races, we've been top-five all but once. So if you look at that, it's like, it's pretty good.”
Truex also mentioned a couple personal ties to the track, and that he is a fan of Michigan’s waterways.
“Michigan has always been a special place for me. It’s where Sherry (Pollex) grew up and it’s also the closest track to our crew chief Cole Pearn’s hometown of London, Ontario. I am sure he will have family and friends attending the race. And yes, the fishing in northern Michigan is fantastic.”