● Truex and the No. 19 team for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) set the tone for the season right out of the gate by winning the 150-lap feature in the non-points Clash at the Coliseum on Feb. 5 in Los Angeles. Truex won his heat race, then went on to lead the final 25 laps of the feature en route to a victory that gave him and the team much-needed momentum heading into the 2023 season. While the team was knocking on the door over the first 10 points-paying races, the breakthrough win finally came at Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway on May 1, and Truex has added two more points-paying victories – June 11 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway and July 17 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon – to give him four overall wins this season.
● 34 and Counting: Truex’s win at New Hampshire was the 34th of his Cup Series career, putting him in a tie with 2004 Cup Series champion Kurt Busch for 25th on the all-time win list in NASCAR’s top series.
● In addition to his three wins through 21 points-paying races this season, Truex has eight top-five finishes and 11-top10s and has led 763 laps. To put the laps-led number in perspective, he led 572 laps over the entire 36-race points-paying season in 2022.
● Truex has three wins, nine top-five finishes and 16 top-10s and has led a total of 1,341 laps in 34 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Richmond. Truex’s average Richmond finish is 15.6.
● Truex notched his most recent Richmond win in September 2021, when he led 80 laps en route to his third victory there. All three of Truex’s Richmond wins have come in a JGR car. In fact, in his last 14 races at Richmond, Truex has only finished outside the top-10 twice.
● In his last eight races at Richmond, Truex has amassed six top-five finishes, which included the aforementioned three victories.
● Laps Led: The 1,341 laps Truex has led at Richmond is the most he’s led at the active racetracks on the Cup Series schedule. His next-best track in laps led is Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, where he’s led 1,059 laps.
● Ahead at this Stage: With his two stage wins at New Hampshire two weeks ago, Truex now has 59 NASCAR Cup Series stage wins since the beginning of the stage era in 2017, tops in the series. He is the only driver with 10 or more stage sweeps, as well, after sweeping both stages at New Hampshire and adding more valuable playoff points he will carry into and through the postseason. Truex also happens to lead the series all-time in stage points with 1,943.
● After last weekend’s race at Pocono, where he finished third, Truex remains the leader in the driver standings as the series heads to Richmond. He has 711 points, 30 points ahead of second-place William Byron. The regular-season champion will receive 15 important playoff points when the playoffs start on Labor Day weekend in September. Five races remain in the regular season.