The only thing that can surpass a birthday celebration and a special paint scheme for Martin Truex Jr. this coming weekend is a victory in Saturday night’s Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway.
Truex, who will turn 34 on Sunday, says his Denver-based Furniture Row Racing team is in need of a victory if it wants to qualify for the post-season Chase playoffs.
“Right now it’s going to be a victory that will get us into the Chase, not where we stand in points,” said Truex, who is 25th in the driver standings. “I feel Kentucky is a track that can deliver that elusive win. Without question, that would be the best birthday present.”
The good news for Truex is that he likes the worn-out Kentucky track surface. He claimed top-10 finishes the past two years at the 1.5-mile oval, located in Sparta, approximately 40 miles southwest of Cincinnati. His average finish in three career Cup starts at Kentucky is 11.0.
“Honestly, Kentucky Speedw...