Truex fa­vorite to win ti­tle

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports -

AVONDALE, Ariz. ( AP) — Kevin Har­vick wasted zero time in lev­el­ing the first vol­ley in NASCAR’s cham­pi­onship race.

In Har­vick’s opin­ion, he’s play­ing with house money when he races Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Brad Ke­selowski next Sun­day at Homestead-Mi­ami Speed­way for the ti­tle. It’s Truex, Har­vick be­lieves, who faces all the pres­sure.

“Martin has won a lot of races this year,” Har­vick said. “Those guys have dom­i­nated the year, and I feel like if they don’t win at this point, they would prob­a­bly feel like they’ve had a let­down.

“It’s a lot of fun com­ing from be­hind and play­ing catch up and kind of play­ing that un­der­dog role is much easier than be­ing ex­pected to go down there and win. We ex­pect to win.”

When told that Har­vick has picked Truex as the fa­vorite, Truex cut off the ques­tion be­fore wait­ing to hear what Har­vick even said.

“That sounds like Har­vick,” joked Truex.

But Truex won’t be rat­tled. He’s won seven races this year, been the most dom­i­nant driver all sea­son and has three wins in these play­offs. So if Har­vick is try­ing to lean on Truex, he’s got the wrong guy.

“It doesn’t work on me,” Truex said. “If I’m the fa­vorite, per­fect, I like that. I think it’s a bet­ter po­si­tion to be in. I was the un­der­dog be­fore and I fin­ished fourth, so yeah, bring it on.”

The field was fi­nal­ized Sun­day when Ke­selowski earned the fi­nal spot in the cham­pi­onship on points.

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