He become the first driver since Dale Earnhardt to win back-to-back Bristol night races and he became one of only three drivers to make the Chase for the Cup in each of its first three seasons. 20 Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing Analysis: The 2003 champion saw his chances to win a championship in what might be his final year in the series dissolve when his team committed a costly error - too many men over the wall to work on a damaged car. My head kind of spins from putting lug nuts on outside of pit boxes to too many men over the wall, you're not allowed to race anymore. He excelled at points racing, however, notching 16 top-10s to remain in the title hunt. 17 Ford Roush Fenway Racing Analysis: Stenhouse qualified for the playoffs thanks to his two wins at restrictor-plate tracks - Talladega in May and Daytona in July.But a 37th-place finish at Talladega last weekend left him last of 12 drivers coming into Sunday's race. But his playoff run at Talladega last week - where he finished 26th - left him 11th of 12 drivers heading into Kansas. But for all the hardships life has dealt him, he won’t let himself get caught up in the hype of this weekend. But yeah, when all that darkness is swirling around between your ears, it all cancels out, leaving nothing. “It’s been kind of wild just to see all the things that we’ve had to deal with, but that’s part of life,” Truex says. It helps us block out pressure in big situations, like this weekend, like racing for a championship.” Right. See how easy it is to get bogged down in all the other stuff life has in store? Then imagine having your every word, your every move broadcasted and dissected to millions of fans worldwide. But for all the pain, all the loss, you’ll never hear Truex complain. All the effort I’ve put in, all the ups and downs that I’ve been through, to finally come out on the very, very top, would be surreal.” Truex has as good a chance as anyone. “When you get out of the car after a big win, you start thinking about all that stuff, and that’s when it hits you,” Truex said that afternoon. You can barely list all the setbacks this team has had the past few seasons. His life’s work has led him to this point, but tribulation has marked his path these past few years. Pollex, who was in the midst of a new round of chemo, wasn’t at the race to celebrate with him.Then he’ll pick up that trophy, the one that nobody could have anticipated after everything he’s been through. All have won Cup series championships except Truex Jr.
Then Truex’s business manager called a short time after they returned, telling them Heider said to return to the hospital immediately. Less than half of patients live five years past their diagnosis. But it’s impossible for that burden not to weigh on him.
The door cracks open, and the man’s girlfriend walks out and over to console him. “And I was like, ‘Yeah, OK, you don’t know what you’re talking about,’ under my breath, like I can’t believe this is happening.” That was Sept. Truex might not remember the date exactly, but you best believe he remembers that night. “She doesn’t want me racing to get this championship for her,” Truex says, “but I’m definitely going to try to get it for her.” It would be emotional if those heartbreaks were all Truex and his No. A month ago, the night before the playoff race at Kansas, team fabricator Jim Watson was out with the team and suffered a fatal heart attack. I want it for Sherry, just so she can celebrate for a night, have fun, and forget about all she’s been through.