CORNELIUS, N.C. — No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. heads to the first road-course race of the year this weekend at Sonoma Raceway in California with a renewed perspective on his 2013 season— he’s done following the points standings.
And that attitude will save his hair.
After a third-place showing at Michigan, the Michael Waltrip Racing driver climbed from 17th to 13th place in the standings — just 12 markers out of the top 10. Another strong run on Sunday should help the NAPA team’s bid for a second Chase berth with just 11 races to go. But don’t point that out to Truex.
“It’s giving me gray hair! I remember going into Texas 25th in points. I said then, I wasn’t going to pay attention. We almost won the race. A couple weeks later, we leave Charlotte in ninth place. I was like, ‘Damn, I wasn’t even paying attention to the points. That’s awesome.’ Then we go to Dover and blow up. I’m not going to look at the points now until after the Richmond race. I mean it th