Martin Truex Jr on Daytona: I’ve been closer than anyone that hasn’t won there

"This is the time of the year when you want to be clicking.”

by Sead Dedovic
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Martin Truex Jr on Daytona: I’ve been closer than anyone that hasn’t won there
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It was a very interesting season for Martin Truex Jr. The fact that he demonstrated so much quality and experience proved to NASCAR fans that he has enormous potential and quality. Daytona is a race that many drivers are nervous about before it takes place, which is understandable considering its importance.

There is no doubt that Truex Jr. would like to be the one to achieve victory in the race. It is evident that the team has a lot of self-confidence as a whole “I feel like every weekend we have a shot to win,” he told the Orlando Sentinel, as quoted by pennlive.com “It’s been a lot of fun to go to the racetrack and have that confidence.

Hopefully we can keep it going. This is the time of the year when you want to be clicking”.

Daytona 2016

Many fondly remember Daytona 2016 and the photo finish, when Denny Hamlin took the win, 0.1 seconds ahead of Martin Truex Jr.

This experienced driver hopes to have another chance to make a good result. He was unlucky 7 years ago. This time it might be different. “I’ve been closer than anyone that hasn’t won there. It’s been a difficult place for us.

We just haven’t figured out a way to make it happen on that last lap or two. Excited for another opportunity. I enjoy racing there. I’ve had a lot of bad luck, and then the times where I’ve been up front and had a shot I maybe didn’t make the right decisions at the end”.

His career had been plagued with a number of dilemmas in the previous season, leading him to feel as if he should stop with everything. In the end, he made the decision to stay and fight for himself. According to him, his love for NASCAR has always been the driving force behind what he has done in the past.

“I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. Obviously, last year was a big challenge. I don’t do this just for a paycheck anymore. I do it because I love it. I love to compete. I want to win. At some point last year, it was like, ‘OK, am I going to be able to turn this around? Or is it too late in my career?’ "

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