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Confidence Ahead of the Ford Ecoboost 400 for Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing

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HOMESTEAD, Fla – After a grand journey with Furniture Row Racing, Martin Truex Jr. is looking to cap it off with one last victory. It won’t be just any win; it would be their second straight championship.

Earlier this year, Furniture Row Racing announced it would be closing its doors at the end of the season. The news left many fans in shock because the Cinderella story of the small team from Denver, Colorado would no longer have an existence. The distractions from that news, though, did not slow down Truex Jr. and the No. 78 team.

Instead, the team managed to survive each round of the elimination rounds in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. The advantage of gathering a substantial amount of playoff points going into the post-season paid off.

During the Round of 8, Truex Jr’s best finish was fifth at Kansas Speedway. The two races prior, he finished 15th at Dover International Speedway and 14th at the inaugural Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL.

His dominance last season was mostly displayed on 1.5-mile tracks where he was victorious seven times. The defending champion may have to win at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, but being a 1.5-mile track may play to his advantage. This weekend, Goodyear brought a different tire from last season to Homestead and Truex is hoping he can do the same thing as last year to win the big trophy.

“If we can do exactly what we did last year that would be fine,” Truex Jr. said. “It depends, that’s the thing about racing its always changing, constantly changing, moving target and I don’t know how those other three guys are going to be. If they’re off a little bit, then maybe we can be off a little bit and still win but you don’t come done here and feel like that’s going to happen.”

With only four guys racing for the championship, we cannot forget about the other 35 competitors hungry for a win. With this being the season finale, many drivers are hoping to finish the season off with a victory. Truex Jr. hopes that’s not the case and believes it may be the Championship 4 racing for the win.

“You feel like it’s going to be one of those four guys which we’ve seen every single year and one of those four guys is going to hit it.” Truex Jr. told POPULAR SPEED. “You just gatta hope you’re the one and our guys have been working hard, they’re confident and talking to Cole this week he feels really good about it so that gives me confidence. Usually if they’re pretty confident in what they are doing that translates into results.”

If the confidence translates into results it would leave a historic legacy for Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing. That little team from Denver, Colorado will always be remembered as the underdogs that were able to win a few NASCAR titles.



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Brandon Rivero

Brandon Rivero lives 45 miles north of Homestead-Miami Speedway. Born and raised in Miami, FL, he currently is a student at Florida International University school of Communications and Journalism with a focus in Public Relations. In addition to POPULAR SPEED, Rivero is a member of his university's Public Relations Student Society of America and an intern for the Florida Panthers NHL Club.