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NASCAR America: Martin Truex Jr. looks to keep dominating in playoffs

Thanks to Martin Truex Jr.s 18 stage wins during the regular season, he brings 53 points into the playoffs. Will he ride them all the way to the Championship 4?

Martin Truex Jr. has a pretty significant insurance policy when it comes to his chances in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.

Truex, the regular-season champion, enters the postseason with 2,053 points. Those 53 playoff points come from his four race wins, 18 stage wins and his regular-season title.

The Furniture Row Racing team hopes those points help get the No. 78 Toyota all the way to the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Last year, Truex won two races in the opening round but he was eliminated in the second round after three finishes outside the top 10 including a DNF at Talladega.

NASCAR America analysts Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty debated whether they think those playoffs points guarantee Truex will make it to the championship race.

“They wanted those bonus points so nobody else could get them,” Petty said. “They’ve just been greedy. They just went out there and took those points away from everybody else and hoarded them up. That’s the way this team has raced. ... They’re just going to go out there and take those points.”

Said Jarrett: “I assure your (crew chief) Cole Pearn is sitting there saying ‘this is nice for me to have. I can take some chances if we get into a position where we need to do that.’”

Watch the video for more including the analysts answer social media questions about Truex.