Truex hopes absence of bumps who’t hurt his chances for repeat win

LONG POND, PA - JULY 31: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway on July 31, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

LONG POND, PA – JULY 31: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway on July 31, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

LONG POND, Pa. – When Martin Truex Jr. won at Pocono in June and secured a likely spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, there was a huge bump in the asphalt in the Tunnel Turn (Turn 2) at the 2.5-mile triangular track.

Now it’s late July, and the bump is gone, along with several small ones, thanks to timely work and a commitment from the track. But is the absence of the bump a good thing or a bad thing for Truex’s hopes of sweeping the Pocono weekend?

“Hopefully, we can repeat on what we did last time,” Truex said. “Obviously, it’s not going to be easy, but I feel like we’re up for the challenge. A few differences in the race track, with the Tunnel Turn being smooth again—I think that certainly makes it a little bit easier on everybody else.

“I kind of like the challenge of the bumps, just because obviously we had them, seems like, figured out pretty good.”

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