Martin Truex Jr. shocked the NASCAR world in June, winning at Sonoma Raceway to become the seventh different first-time road course winner in the last seven races at Sonoma. Another win, at another road course, would place him on a short list of road course sweepers. In terms of shock value, a Truex win at Watkins Glen on Sunday would make Sonoma look ho hum.
Since Sonoma and Watkins Glen became the only two road-course races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, only four drivers have swept the two races in the same season. One of those drivers did it twice. The list consists of some of the top road-course talents the sport has ever seen: Jeff Gordon (1998-99), Robby Gordon (2003), Tony Stewart (2005) and Kyle Busch (2008). That’s it.
So, though Truex boasts some solid statistics at Watkins Glen, pulling the road-course sweep would be a surprise. In seven starts, Truex has scored four top-10 finishes (two of those came in the last two races). He hasn’t led any laps at The Glen, but has scored driver ratings over 100 in each of the last two Watkins Glen races. But more importantly, a sweep – or a strong finish – would solidify Truex’s standing in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup battle.