Truex favorite to win title
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.