DARLINGTON, S.C. — Martin Truex Jr. believes being far away from NASCAR’s hub has helped him during the most successful stretch of his career, a run he hopes ends with a championship this season.

Truex, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points leader, also is tied for the series lead with three victories. Already locked into the playoffs for a third straight season, Truex believes he’s better prepared to end the year with NASCAR’s trophy.

“It just seems like consistency has gotten better as we go down this road together as a team,” Truex said Tuesday.

A big reason, at least in Truex’s mind, is his Furniture Row Racing team’s headquarters in Denver, two time zones from the NASCAR center outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. The location gives the team an all-in-the-same-boat feeling that has made them bond into a winning group.

“I think it’s a great team, a great situation,” Truex said. “Being in Denver, all by ourselves out there, my crew chiefs, my engineers, we’re just like a family and we get better and better as we work together.”

That’s certainly apparent this season.

Along with his three victories, Truex has had eight top fives and 14 top 10s in 21 races this season. He’s lead the most laps of any driver (1,291).

“You don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring, you don’t know what next weekend is going to bring, so we’re enjoying while we have success,” he said. “We’re working hard to stay where we’re at.”

The next step is running for a title.

Truex made the final four two years ago, yet finished 12th at Homestead to fall to fourth in the points race. In 2016, Truex came in as a playoff powerhouse with victories in the Coca Cola 600 in Charlotte and Southern 500 in Darlington. He then won two of the first three chase races to move out front. But problems in the round of 12 ended Truex’s run as he finished 11th overall.