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Lack of Speed and Communication Holding Truex back from Contention

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As the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series guys go back to the ovals, the NASCAR XFINITY Series ran their second straight road course of the season. The push to make the playoffs is starting to heat up as some teams hope to become a factor in the next upcoming weeks.

After his best career season in one of NASCAR’s top three national series, Ryan Truex snagged an opportunity with Kaulig Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series replacing Blake Koch. Kaulig Racing failed to score a win during two seasons with Koch and was looking for a positive change.

After parting ways with Hattori Racing Enterprises, things fell into place for Truex. It was a bit of a surprise to fans that after a strong year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Truex would lose his ride. In fact, it led to Truex joining a new team up in the XFINITY Series.

Yes, we can say he climbed the latter after a full-time season in the Trucks Series; but let’s face it, after 20 races so far, Truex hasn’t had as much success as he had in 2017. They began the season strong, capturing two top-10s in the first couple of events but nine top-10’s with a single top-five finish have rounded out their year so far. Their team is not racing to the level of some of their top tier competitors but are looking to catch up quickly before the playoffs.

“Just trying to find speed; we’re not running where we need to right now to make it to Homestead,” Truex told POPULAR SPEED.

Truex sits comfortably in the eighth position in the playoff standings despite only two top-10’s in the last six races. 

As Truex and Kaulig Racing look towards the future, their lack of speed may be revived with better communication. That’s right, a key to having success in a race car is a strong rapport with your team, and that may very well be holding Truex back.

“Yeah, I mean can give better feedback and work on my end of things and that’ll help too,” Truex said.

With five races left before the playoffs, if Truex and his team are able to solve these two issues, their season may easily progress into a threat for race wins and possibly a championship.


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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.