Martin Truex Jr.’s tough luck at Richmond
Coulda, woulda, shoulda.That seems to be an appropriate phrase to explain the way the last five races at Richmond Raceway have ended for Martin Truex Jr.Truex, the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, has had a rough go of things at the 0.75-mile short track. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has the most starts on a short track (80) without a win. His best finish on a short track is second (twice), most recently, at Martinsville’s fall race.According to Racing Insights, on Sept. 22, 2018 at Richmond, Truex won both stages and led the most laps but finished third. After leading 163 laps, Truex suffered an uncontrolled tire penalty on Lap 202 from the lead. He had to start from the rear and was unable to make his way back to the top spot.RELATED: Vegas odds for Richmond | Richmond 101: Everything you need to knowIn the 2018 spring race at Richmond on April 21, Truex led the most laps of the race with 121. On the final pit stop with nine laps to go, his team had problems jacking the car and it resulted in a 14th-place finish. Truex Jr. comes up short at Richmond00:0000:0000:00GO LIVEFacebookTwitterEmailEmbedSpeedNormalAutoplay On September 9, 2017, Truex, once again, led a race-high 198 laps. He was leading the race when a caution came out with two laps to go. He lost the race off pit road and then was involved in a wreck with the No. 11 of now-teammate Denny Hamlin. He finished 20th. Exhilarating Moments: Larson masters restart for Richmond win00:0000:0000:00GO LIVEFacebookTwitterEmailEmbedSpeedNormalAutoplay Interestingly enough, in 2017 at the spring Richmond race on April 30, Truex didn’t lead any laps and finished 10th. He had a commitment line penalty due to a clean-up truck.On September 10, 2016, Truex led the most laps of the race (193) and ended up finishing third because of a slow stop and a speeding penalty. This race is when the streak began for Truex.A win at Richmond has been in arm’s reach for Truex in the last five races but he hasn’t been able to make the trip to Victory Lane yet.Will he be able to break the losing streak?We’ll find out on Saturday under the lights for the Toyota Owners 400 (7:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).