Second-place finishes, while certainly good, are not a favorite of NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr.
That’s because he wants to win.
Truex’s only victory on NASCAR’s top circuit came in 2007 at Dover, Del. — a 210-race winless streak.
It appeared Truex was going to snap that streak last weekend at Texas, but Kyle Busch shook him at pit road on the last stop and went on to victory. Truex was left in second.
The series moves to Kansas Speedway this weekend — a track where Truex has had mixed results in nine starts, but not last season. In both Kansas 2012 races Truex finished second.
“We’ve had a rough season so far as finishes go,” Truex said. “I think with three races we have been outside of 30th. Finishing second is good. I’m not saying that’s not the case.
“It’s just when you’ve been so close to winning so many times since your last one, it really sucks to run that good and finish second. Circumstances, the way they play out sometimes, they go that way.
“It’s so hard to get in position to win these races.
“It is so hard to make your car good enough to beat Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch and all these guys; and we had that (at Texas). We’ve got to get better at taking advantage of that.
“That’s where we’re missing and that’s what we need to work on.
“So, that’s why I’m upset. Second is a great accomplishment, but it’s not what we’re here for.”