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Benefits of configuring the rules of Nashville Martin Truex Jr.


Martin Truex Jr. waves to the All-Star Race crowd.

NASCAR Cup Series drivers take on the Nashville Superspeedway for the first time, wrapping up a racing weekend near Music City. The 1.33 mile concrete oval will test riders, but the set of rules will benefit a particular rider. NASCAR will use the 750 horsepower setup, which Martin Truex Jr. used to win three races in 2021.

According to NASCAR, rider Joe Gibbs Racing won over three ovals incorporating the 750 horsepower low downforce package – Phoenix, Martinsville and Darlington. All three tracks will return for the playoffs, setting up Truex for more success. Nashville Superspeedway, a track where Truex has five starts in the Busch series, will use the same setup, by Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports.

The 2017 Cup Series champion did not reach Victory Lane at the Nashville Superspeedway during his Busch Series career. However, he finished in the top five twice during his tenure as a driver for Chance2 Motorsports. He finished second in 2004 behind Jason Leffler. Truex put in another strong performance in the second race of 2005 in Nashville, finishing fifth while Clint Bowyer won the checkered flag.

Truex will have the opportunity to test the track

Martin Truex Jr. Nashville

GettyMartin Truex Jr. does burnouts in Nashville.

With the Nashville Superspeedway serving as the new track on the Cup Series circuit, there is little valuable data on the concrete oval. The pilots will be able to compensate for the lack of information by taking part in practice and qualifying before the green flag waves on Sunday, June 20.

According to Pockrass, the Cup Series drivers will hit the track on Saturday, June 19 at 2:05 p.m. ET. They will participate in a 50-minute practice session before returning to the garage. The Xfinity Series riders will then face the Oval at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Truex and his peers will return to the Nashville Superspeedway on the morning of June 20 for their qualifying sessions. They’ll be doing laps around the 1.33-mile oval, starting at 11:05 am ET, to determine where they line up for the Ally 400. They won’t have to worry about the previous run on the schedule. (Sonoma) and the way they got away with it.

Another former Cup Series champion will vie for victory

Martin Truex Jr.

GettyMartin Truex Jr. (bottom) races with Joey Logano (top) in Richmond.

While the 750 horsepower setup will certainly benefit Truex, he won’t be the only rider with the opportunity to be successful. Team Penske Ford Mustang # 22 driver Joey Logano has had similar success with this set of rules.

Eight of Logano’s nine top 10s in the 2021 season took place on tracks where the riders used the 750hp package. This list includes his seven top-five rankings, three of which were road races. He was second at the Daytona Road Course, third at the Circuit of the Americas and fourth at the Sonoma Raceway.

The remainder of the 2021 schedule includes three more road courses, which will force NASCAR to use the 750hp setup again. Additionally, the trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway will use the same set of rules. Truex and Logano will be among the favorites to win these races, along with Hendrick Motorsports drivers Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson.

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