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.
Martin Truex Jr. has scored three top-10 finishes in his last five Richmond International Raceway attempts. Equally notable, his last two results outside that mark came in the fall races.
Crew chief Cole Pearn called Martin Truex Jr. into the pits on the next-to-last stop, but the call came too late. Afraid of hitting the commitment cone, Truex stayed out on old tires and eventually slipped back to sixth at the checkers.
Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the final practice session for the Duck Commander 500 with a lap of 192.390 mph.
Martin Truex Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Duck Commander 500 weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. His top speed of 192.892 mph was set in the final moments of practice.
Martin Truex Jr. finished 18th in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway, which did not earn very many points for fantasy owners, but he currently sits 11th in the points.
Martin Truex Jr. will race Joey Logano differently after a confrontation between the two drivers at Auto Club Speedway sent the No. 78 into the wall, according to NBC Sports.
Kyle Busch posted the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice session with a speed of 182.568 mph during his first 10 laps on the track.