● Truex and the No. 19 team for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) set the tone for the season right out of the gate by winning the 150-lap feature in the non-points Clash at the Coliseum on Feb. 5 in Los Angeles. Truex won his heat race, then went on to lead the final 25 laps of the feature en route to a victory that gave him and the team much-needed momentum heading into the 2023 season. While the team was knocking on the door over the next 10 points races, the breakthrough points-paying win finally came at Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway on May 1.
● 32 and Counting: Truex’s win at Dover was the 32nd of his Cup Series career, putting him 29th on the series’ all-time wins list.
● Truex’s most recent win at Sonoma came in 2019, his first at Sonoma for Joe Gibbs Racing, where he led a race-high 59 laps en route to victory lane in Northern California’s Wine Country.
● With 16 career Cup Series outings at Sonoma, Truex has three wins, five top-five finishes, six top-10s, and he’s led a total of 213 laps. His average Sonoma finish is 17.7.
● With his aforementioned three Sonoma wins, Truex is tied for winningest active driver at the 1.99-mile, 10-turn circuit, with Kyle Busch next with two Sonoma victories.
● Road-Course Ace: Truex has a total of four wins, 12 top-five finishes, and 17 top-10s at the three permanent road-course venues on the Cup Series schedule – Sonoma, Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. In addition to his three wins at Sonoma, he’s also scored one win at Watkins Glen.
● With his fifth-place finish Sunday at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois, Truex heads to Sonoma fourth in the standings with 472 points, 23 out of the lead. The top five in the Cup Series standings are separated by just 29 points as things start to heat up in the chase for the regular-season championship. The regular-season champion will receive 15 important playoff points when the playoffs start on Labor Day weekend in September. Eleven races remaining in the regular season.
● Ahead at this Stage: Truex leads the NASCAR Cup Series with 57 stage wins since the beginning of the stage racing era in 2017. He is the only driver with 10 or more stage sweeps, as well. Truex added to his haul of stage wins by taking the opening stage last month at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.