The spotlight went to Kyle Busch on Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway as he picked up his second victory of the season. But behind all of that was the growing impatience from the No. 56 team and driver Martin Truex, Jr., who are likely wondering what they have to do to break through to victory lane.
Truex had a very good chance to snap a winless streak that has lasted nearly six seasons in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Since that win in June 2007, Truex has been the runner-up six times.
Victory appeared to be well within Truex’s grasp near the end of Saturday’s race as he held the top spot. That was before a caution with about 20 laps to go sent the leaders down pit road, and Busch was the first car out of the pits and was on the inside of the front row, to Truex’s inside, on the restart. Busch pulled away for the win.
It was a familiar turn of events for Truex, who appeared on the way to the win last Labor Day weekend here at Atlanta Motor Speedway when a late-race lead went away following a caution in the closing laps, opening the door for Denny Hamlin’s victory in the AdvoCare 500.
"Nothing about it is much fun. At the same time, it was a good run for us. We had a great weekend. Had a good race car all weekend long, and we learned a lot about things we can use in the future,” Truex told reporters after the race. “Just running second sucks, especially when you're that fast. So (I’m) a little bit frustrated right now."
It’s little solace right now if you are a fan of Truex, but if he can run like he did this past weekend, a win cannot be too far away.
So, what do the fans think of what happened this week? Well, here’s a sampling, courtesy of some of our Facebook fans...
“When is Truex going to win one of these races? And Kyle Busch will be burned out by late August. That Nationwide schedule that he is running is going to hurt him on the Cup side.”
“Kyle needs a new broom”
“Love all the haters....everyone hated Earnhardt when he was winning...everyone hated Gordon when he was winning....Ya'll just can't see the talent for the hatred of Kyle.”
Without much fanfare, McMurray is off to a solid start, currently 13th in the points standings. He ran in the top-10 for a better part of the race on Saturday before ending up in 16th place.
Newman has been the class of the Stewart-Haas Racing stable so far. He is 17th in the points standings with four top-10 finishes and could rise higher if he can avoid results similar to his three finishes of 30th or worse.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Rookie of the Year candidate has finished 20th or worse in the past three races.