Truex: “When I come to the track, I get a little more respect and that’s always a good thing.”

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It’s been a whirlwind of an offseason after winning last year’s championship. While I personally enjoyed the past few months, it sure feels good to be back at the racetrack and starting a new season at the biggest race of the year — the Daytona 500.

No question, the buzz is back and we’re ready to do what we do best and that’s racing in NASCAR’s premier series.

Wednesday was Media Day at Daytona International Speedway and it was nice to see the number of media members that came out. There were many of the same questions but also some new ones and that made for a pleasant and relaxing day.

The No. 1 question continues to be, “Have I changed after winning the championship?” In a good way, I’ve definitely sensed a change this offseason. Even though I feel like the same person, I’ve noticed a change from the fans’ perspective, getting noticed more in public, which I never really had to worry about in the past. And when I come to the track, I get a little more respect and that’s always a good thing. It’s crazy how quickly things change.

Last weekend in the Clash race and pole qualifying, we were off a bit, but I have an enormous amount of confidence in our Furniture Row Racing crew chief Cole Pearn and the crew to work through the issues.

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Source:: The Denver Post

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