Martin Truex Jr. has earned the seventh-best average finish in 2016 with a 12.07 in 15 starts. His qualification effort has actually been a little better at 10.73.
Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, and Michael Annett were late to the first qualification session after their cars had difficulty passing inspection at Michigan International Speedway for the Firekeepers Casino 400.
Martin Truex Jr. posted the second fastest time in the first practice session for the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway with a top speed of 201.314 mph.
It has been quite some time since NASCAR has seen domination like the series witnessed in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. He led at the 100-, 200-, 300-, 400-, 500-, and 600-mile mark. Truex led 392 laps and posted 106 fastest laps to make him the driver no fantasy player could win without.
Martin Truex Jr.’s dominance of the Coca-Cola 600 weekend continued in final practice. He posted the fastest single lap in that session after setting the quickest 10 consecutive laps in Saturday morning’s session and winning the pole on Thursday night.
Martin Truex Jr. posted the quickest time in Saturday morning’s practice for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His 10-lap average speed of 186.625 mph came in his first 10 laps on the track.
Martin Truex Jr. recorded a lap of 192.328 mph to edge Joey Logano’s 192.007. Truex will lead the field to green on Sunday.
Martin Truex Jr. timed a late-race pit stop in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway so that he would leave pit road and restart in the outside row. Unfortunately, that proved to be a mistake when Jimmie Johnson’s Chevrolet failed to engage a gear and stacked up half the field with 50 laps remaining. Truex was immediately behind the No. 48 and sustained significant damage, but there was enough carnage that he was able to salvage a ninth-place finish.
Martin Truex Jr. had another dominant race going until he was derailed by a loose wheel during a green flag pit stop on lap 211 of the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway. A lug nut got hung up between the wheel and hub, which forced him back into the pits and momentarily cost him a lap to the leaders.
Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for Saturday night’s GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway with a lap of 190.921 mph. This is his eighth career pole with his most recent one coming at Texas Motor Speedway in 2012.
Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway. His top speed was 187.696 mph.
Martin Truex Jr. has been running on the lead lap in his most recent 17 races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, a streak that extends to the 2014 MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Ten of those results ended in top-10s and nearly all were top-15s.
Martin Truex Jr. finished better than he started for the first time in the past seven races this season, adding 13-place-differential points to those awarded for his ninth-place finish in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
Richmond International Raceway has been the second-worst track during Martin Truex Jr.’s career with an average finish of 22nd in 20 starts.