Championship contender has chance to break his own records

Let me state the obvious. Martin Truex, Jr. is having a tremendous season. Every race from here on out is a chance to set new highs, to go further, to top himself.

With his win in Kansas, Truex, Jr. managed to set two NASCAR records: most season wins on a 1.5-mile track (6) and most consecutive 1.5-mile track wins (4). Now he's got a chance to break his own records this weekend at the mile and a half track in Texas.

"We like going to Texas and feel we can run well there," said Truex, Jr. to "But just because we've had some pretty good success at mile-and-a-half tracks, there's no guarantee of achieving similar results. We have to go out there and prove ourselves again."

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And while he's set a career record for wins in a season (7), Texas is a track where Truex, Jr. has never won. Even though he's got a commanding lead in the standings, Truex, Jr. knows anything can happen with seven drivers fighting for those final spots in the championship.

"It's what's ahead of us that counts, not behind us," said Truex. "Yes, it's been a lot of fun so far, but the mission is not complete. We want to get to Homestead and be one of the four teams competing for the season championship. We feel we have what it takes, just need to avoid mistakes and stay away from trouble."

In short, records are nice, but Truex, Jr. would trade them all for that title at the end of the year.