Truex credits the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota team’s hard work during the off-season for the road course win.
“Just everything it took to be successful here. I mean, honestly, we had some issues last year. We’d show up at road courses, we would kind of out-smart ourselves, reinvent the wheel, come up with some super crazy trick setup because we knew our cars were not as good as the other manufacturers.
We shot ourselves in the foot a few times. Here was one of them, for sure. We came here, completely disregarded everything we know about this track thinking it was a new car, it was going to be different. We ran terrible. It was like, Okay, that was dumb, we’re idiots.
But no, I mean, I think honestly just a lot of hard work in the off-season. NASCAR obviously let everybody do some redesigning on the front end with the louvers and the nose and that stuff. I think we were able to get our cars to where the other guys’ were, closer to the Chevrolets that were super fast on the road courses last year.
James and my engineers and our team working hard to figure out a good setup that I would like, something that would work for me here that was like what we used to run in the past.
There’s a lot to it. It’s really hard to explain it. Tons of hard work in the off-season from every angle on road courses, on short tracks, really on everything. Short tracks and road courses for sure were a big focus as a group with Toyota and with JGR.”
Kyle Busch in the McLaren Custom Grills Chevrolet finished second and Joey Logano in the Autotrader Ford got the third spot.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chase Elliott, AJ Allmendinger, Michael McDowell, Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell and Ross Chastain completed the list if top 10 finishers.