NASCAR notebook: Truex is fond of bumpy Chicagoland Speedway

6/30/2018 8:50:49 PM EST

JOLIET, Ill. -- Bring on the bumps.

Reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup champion Martin Truex Jr. says the bumps in the asphalt at Chicagoland Speedway make driving more difficult -- and for Truex, that's a good thing.

Shots from Justin Hailey's visor cam in Friday night's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the 1.5-mile track showed just how rough a ride the Cup drivers will get in Sunday's Overton's 400 (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). But in Truex's view, difficult conditions help elevate the quality of the on-track product.

"I think it's great," Truex said before Saturday morning's opening practice at Chicagoland. "Anytime we can make the track more difficult, it can add to the racing. This place has been bumpy for the last few years and quite a long time. It seems like every year it gets worse. I think that's a good thing.

"I enjoy this place because of that and seems like bumpy tracks put on really good racing. It kind of takes you out of your normal routine as far as the way you do things. You have to make compromises. Some guys are better in certain areas of the track, and that makes for more fun races. This place is unbelievable, and I look forward to racing on it here this weekend."

There may be a modicum of bias in Truex's point of view. After all, he's the winner of the last two races at the Joliet track. But Truex also acknowledges that the bumpy asphalt demands modifications to the setup of his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota Camry.

"It definitely changes how you practice and how you drive," said Truex, who celebrated his 38th birthday on Friday. "Changes how you set the car up, and you definitely have to make more compromises when the tracks are bumpy with your setup, and you can't just run the car a 16th of an inch off the race track all the way around like you do at some places.

"So it's definitely tougher to figure out, but it's a lot harder on the crew chiefs and engineers, for sure, because we complain about the bumps, and they try to fix them (with setup), and it hurts other parts of the track. So a lot of compromise here compared to other places."


Entering Sunday's Overton's 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, the 17th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the 2018 season, Daniel Suárez is 19th in the standings.

Nearly halfway through his sophomore season at NASCAR's highest level, Suárez is still looking for his first victory. The best career results for the 26-year-old from Mexico are two third-place finishes, at Watkins Glen in 2017 and at Dover this year.

But one thing Suárez doesn't lack is confidence, and on Saturday morning at Chicagoland Speedway, he called his own shot where the Cup Series Playoffs are concerned.

"I don't really know (how), but we're going to make it," Suárez asserted. "I will tell you that. Somehow, we are going to work very hard like we've been doing. It's a real shame that we haven't showed the results we deserve, because the speed has been there.

"We have shown the ability to finish in the top-10 every race. I don't know. I don't know what I am doing wrong. Maybe some of my stuff, it needs a little bit of luck, but I don't believe in luck 100 percent. We're going to be fine. Maybe in a month, we're going to be in a different position."

Suárez can make the final 16 either with a victory or on points. As it stands now, with Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon 18th in points, Suárez would have to overtake 15th-place Alex Bowman to qualify for the Playoffs.

Though Suárez trails Bowman by 73 points, he doesn't view that deficit as insurmountable.

"By points is very doable," Suárez said. "I think if we have the speed to go out there and win a race, we will take that chance. But if we don't and have to finish top-five or top-10, we're going to be consistent and play that way, winning the stage points and stuff like that.

"I mean 70 points in 10 races is not a lot. It's doable, but you have to race smart, and a lot of people freak out a little bit. I am not one of those. I have to stay calm. We will be fine."


For the first time in NASCAR history, two international series -- the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and the NASCAR Pinty's Series run in Canada -- will engineer an exchange of one driver from each series to compete in the championship race in the other's series later this year.

A driver from the Whelen Euro Series will race in the August 10-12 Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres (GP3R). The European driver will be the regular season winner of the Whelen Euro Elite 1 Championship, to be determined after Sunday's Oval World Challenge in Tours, France.

That driver will compete for the Dumoulin Competition race team in a Spectra Premium team car on the Canadian GP3R street course.

In the October 19-21 Whelen Euro season finale at Zolder in Belgium, Canadian driver and Spectra Premium ambassador Jean-Francois Dumoulin will complete the driver swap.

Spectra Premium Industries, which has developed high-performance radiators for several stock car series and recently introduced its parts into the European market, made the exchange possible.

--By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service. Special to Field Level Media.

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Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:27:42 EST Flames sign Lindholm to 6-year deal
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:46:14 EST Ducks sign C Henrique to 5-year, $29.1M deal
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:17:33 EST Predators re-sign Saros, Hartman
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:45:16 EST Leafs sign Sandin to three-year entry level deal
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 20:11:12 EST Panarin set to meet with Blue Jackets' GM
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:41:32 EST Canadiens, Danault agree to three-year deal
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:23:59 EST Former Flyers, Senators G Emery dies in swimming accident at 35
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 13:01:07 EST Blue Jackets sign Bjorkstrand to three-year deal
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:47:44 EST Stars re-sign C Shore for two years, $4.6 million
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:24:44 EST Golden Knights keeping Fleury with $21M extension
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:36:08 EST Reports: Blackhawks eye Pacioretty, Skinner in trade talks
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 21:34:37 EST NHL notebook: Jets G Hellebuyck signs six-year deal

WTA Stories

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:40:23 EST WTA roundup: Sevastova avoids Bucharest disaster, others not so fortunate
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:22:44 EST WTA roundup: Rus starts Bucharest Open with another win
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 18:13:27 EST Kerber holds off Williams for first Wimbledon crown
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:54:52 EST Serena, Kerber set for Wimbledon final rematch
Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:44:35 EST Serena rallies past Giorgi, advances to Wimbledon semis
Mon, 09 Jul 2018 15:44:02 EST Final top-10 seed Pliskova ousted at Wimbledon; Serena cruises
Sat, 07 Jul 2018 12:45:45 EST Top-seeded Halep stunned at Wimbledon
Fri, 06 Jul 2018 14:45:24 EST Serena reaches second week, but Venus falls at Wimbledon
Thu, 05 Jul 2018 17:24:21 EST Muguruza stunned at Wimbledon; Halep, Kerber advance
Wed, 04 Jul 2018 15:48:18 EST Makarova stuns second-seeded Wozniacki at Wimbledon
Tue, 03 Jul 2018 19:01:23 EST Sasnovich upsets two-time Wimbledon champ Kvitova
Mon, 02 Jul 2018 16:36:11 EST Serena wins in straight sets in Wimbledon opener
Mon, 02 Jul 2018 18:29:10 EST Serena wins, Stephens and Svitolina upset in first round at Wimbledon
Sat, 30 Jun 2018 10:28:52 EST Wozniacki survives challenge from Sabalenka for Eastbourne title
Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:25:59 EST Wozniacki rallies to reach Eastbourne final
Fri, 29 Jun 2018 11:58:53 EST Wimbledon draw shapes up nicely for Serena Williams
Thu, 28 Jun 2018 16:20:46 EST Kerber outlasts Kasatkina in 3-set thriller at Eastbourne
Wed, 27 Jun 2018 13:46:17 EST WTA roundup: Wozniacki advances, but red-hot Kvitova withdraws at Eastbourne
Wed, 27 Jun 2018 12:09:12 EST Serena awarded No. 25 seed at Wimbledon
Tue, 26 Jun 2018 15:00:08 EST Kerber sails past Cibulkova at Eastbourne

LPGA Stories

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:23:37 EST Inbee Park stuns with withdrawal from UL International Crown
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 18:51:52 EST Suwannapura tops Lincicome in playoff to win Marathon Classic
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 18:09:24 EST Henderson leads by a stroke after Round 3 of Marathon Classic
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 19:36:18 EST Henderson, Hedwall share 36-hole lead at Marathon Classic
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 21:00:14 EST Suwannapura takes 1-shot lead in Marathon Classic
Sun, 08 Jul 2018 22:09:18 EST Kim breaks LPGA scoring record at Thornberry
Sat, 07 Jul 2018 21:46:07 EST Kim ties 54-hole record, leads by 8 at Thornberry
Fri, 06 Jul 2018 21:33:49 EST Sei Young Kim seizes four-stroke lead at Thornberry
Thu, 05 Jul 2018 20:37:10 EST Defending champ Kirk fires 62 for early Thornberry lead
Mon, 02 Jul 2018 19:44:20 EST Korea, U.S. top UL International Crown field
Sun, 01 Jul 2018 19:00:50 EST Park outlasts Ryu, Hataoka in playoff to win Women's PGA
Sat, 30 Jun 2018 19:46:51 EST Ryu three shots clear in Women's PGA
Fri, 29 Jun 2018 22:10:44 EST Ryu, Henderson join Park atop PGA Championship leaderboard
Thu, 28 Jun 2018 22:10:52 EST Park claims first-round lead at Women's PGA Championship
Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:13:58 EST Japanese teenager Hataoka rolls in Arkansas for first win
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 21:42:45 EST Lee, Hataoka share second-round lead at Arkansas
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:52:14 EST Winless Lopez on top in Arkansas
Sun, 17 Jun 2018 18:19:37 EST Ryu prevails at Meijer LPGA Classic for sixth career win
Sat, 16 Jun 2018 19:11:23 EST Pace, Nordqvist grab share of lead at Meijer LPGA Classic
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:24:26 EST Ryu seizes control of lead at Meijer LPGA Classic

WNCAAB Stories

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:42:54 EST Former Tennessee great Charles-Furlow dead at 49
Fri, 06 Apr 2018 23:51:39 EST South Carolina's Wilson earns Wooden Award
Mon, 02 Apr 2018 15:50:53 EST UConn's Stevens skipping final season, entering WNBA draft
Sun, 01 Apr 2018 21:15:27 EST Easter stunner: Irish win title on last-second 3-pointer
Sat, 31 Mar 2018 18:07:32 EST South Carolina's Wilson wins Naismith player of year
Sat, 31 Mar 2018 00:26:56 EST Ogunbowale's shot lifts Notre Dame over UConn in OT thriller
Fri, 30 Mar 2018 21:46:41 EST Mississippi State outlasts Louisville in OT to advance to national championship
Mon, 26 Mar 2018 23:16:06 EST Notre Dame downs Oregon to charge into Final Four
Mon, 26 Mar 2018 23:01:32 EST UConn routs defending champion South Carolina to reach Final Four
Sun, 25 Mar 2018 21:57:47 EST McCowan, Mississippi State outmuscle UCLA to reach Final Four
Sun, 25 Mar 2018 22:04:33 EST Durr scores 18 as Louisville romps into Final Four
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 20:46:48 EST Oregon cruises past Central Michigan to advance to Elite Eight
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 21:11:38 EST Notre Dame edges Texas A&M to make Elite Eight
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 20:52:26 EST Collier paces top-seeded UConn in win over Duke
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 20:57:12 EST No. 2 seed South Carolina pulls away late to top Buffalo
Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:34:21 EST NCAA women's roundup: Oregon State stuns Baylor
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:54:01 EST Louisville overpowers Stanford in regional semis
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:40:30 EST UCLA edges Texas to reach Elite Eight
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:42:57 EST Oregon State ends Baylor's 30-game winning streak in Sweet 16 upset
Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:19:07 EST Mississippi State cruises past NC State to advance to Elite Eight

USA Stories

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:04:54 EST Thomas takes yellow jersey with late push in Stage 11
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:42:01 EST Tour de France leader Van Avermaet surprises on first Alps stage
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 12:12:05 EST Degenkolb emotional after winning brutal Tour de France Stage 9
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 11:44:09 EST Groenewegen wins 2nd straight stage, Van Avermaet retains lead
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:26:36 EST Groenewegen wins Tour de France Stage 7, Van Avermaet retains yellow jersey
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 11:45:59 EST Coach in Lavar Ball's JBA seen pushing, cursing at player
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 17:58:15 EST USOC names new CEO in wake of turbulent year
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:55:33 EST FanDuel announces sportsbook at Meadowlands
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:49:07 EST Dan Martin claims Tour de France Stage 6 win
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:11:54 EST Slovakian Sagan handles hilly finish to win Tour de France Stage 5
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 02:37:16 EST Ankle condition leaves Justify's summer plans on hold
Tue, 10 Jul 2018 18:31:59 EST Gaviria captures Tour de France Stage 4 in wild finish
Mon, 09 Jul 2018 22:48:01 EST Team BMC captures Tour de France Stage 3 time trial
Sun, 08 Jul 2018 12:29:00 EST Sagan wins Tour de France Stage 2 as Gaviria crashes late
Sat, 07 Jul 2018 13:35:20 EST Defending champ Froome crashes in Tour de France Stage 1
Wed, 27 Jun 2018 11:24:01 EST BIG3 becomes first pro league to allow CBD use
Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:31:32 EST Mississippi State softball freshman Wilcox dies
Sun, 24 Jun 2018 13:31:35 EST World of Outlaws driver Johnson dies from crash injuries
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:16:19 EST Report: NFL invited to testify at congressional hearing on sports betting
Mon, 11 Jun 2018 23:10:39 EST Drag racing legend Tom 'The Mongoose' McEwen dead at 81

INDY Stories

Sun, 27 May 2018 17:54:42 EST Power finally claims elusive Indy 500 victory
Sun, 27 May 2018 17:40:48 EST Patrick crashes out of final Indy 500


Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:02:57 EST UNC's Fedora says football 'under attack' at ACC Media Days
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:11:17 EST Saban on Alabama's starting QB: 'We'll see'
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:17:56 EST Former Ohio State star DE Kudla dies at 34
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:01:15 EST Former Texas Tech, Steelers defensive liineman Rivera dies at 57
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:18:27 EST 26 QBs named to Davey O'Brien watch list
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:11:56 EST SEC: Georgia over loss to Alabama; rules changes take effect in 2018
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 23:28:45 EST LSU's Orgeron: Hiring Canada as OC 'a mistake'
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:54:51 EST Oklahoma coach Riley: Murray 'not the quarterback yet'
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:01:20 EST Parents say heatstroke caused Maryland lineman's death after workout
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:12:21 EST Former Arizona State football player Franklin dies at 26
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:07:03 EST SEC media days kick off with a reminder of conference's football dominance
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:26:50 EST Report: Vols DL Thaxton arrested on domestic assault charge
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:02:04 EST Alabama's Hurts, Stanford's Love among players on Maxwell Award watch list
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:28:39 EST Ohio State's Bosa among 85 players on Bednarik Award watch list
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 14:50:27 EST Georgia lands Cal transfer, former No. 1 recruit Robertson
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:14:57 EST Louisville removing Papa John's from stadium name
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 20:59:06 EST Louisville evaluating naming options for Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 20:18:21 EST Former MSU, ASU, Lions coach Rogers dies at 83
Tue, 10 Jul 2018 14:34:07 EST Alabama LB Lewis tears ACL, out indefinitely
Mon, 09 Jul 2018 22:29:32 EST Sarkisian loses reported $30M lawsuit against USC