For the first time this season, Martin Truex Jr. took over the top position in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings thanks to a hard-fought victory in last week’s playoff opener at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
He arrives at Richmond Raceway for Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 (6:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network) as the most recent winner there, earning the win in April.
Truex’s five victories in 2019 are most in the series. He and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch are the only two drivers in the series to win at least four races a season the last four years. They each have won a series-high 21 races.
Truex boasts some important momentum. He has 11 top-five and 16 top-10 showings through the opening 27 races and holds a three-point edge on second place Kevin Harvick in the playoff driver standings following Las Vegas.
He has five top-six finishes in the last seven races. His previous wins came in April (at Richmond), May (at Charlotte and Dover) and June (Sonoma).