Though Truex ran up entrance for many of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Collection race at Martinsville Speedway, he by no means appeared to have fairly the velocity of his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin.
Truex, nonetheless, was in a much more precarious state of affairs in factors than Hamlin and wanted each accessible place to have an opportunity of breaking into the Championship four – amongst whom the title can be determined subsequent weekend at Phoenix.
Because the depth among the many playoff drivers ramped up within the ultimate 50 or so laps, Truex appeared to seek out himself beset by issues: he bought knocked into the wall one lap by Kurt Busch, he had water spewing out of the entrance of his #19 Toyota at one level and a big piece of sheet metallic precipitated a tyre rub on his left entrance.
Showing at risk of shedding out on his title hopes on the ultimate two-lap restart, Truex was pressured to pit to permit his staff to handle a few of his harm.
However when most of these forward of him determined to take the underside lane, Truex selected the highest to maneuver up the operating order and held on to flee with a fourth-place end.
He edged out Kyle Busch by three factors for the final spot within the Championship four.
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“I do not know how we completed fourth, actually,” Truex mentioned.
“I’m going to purchase a lottery ticket on the best way house. It’s by no means a simple state of affairs to be type of in your final run of the race, be in (the Championship four) one minute and out the subsequent.
“ there’s not a complete lot you are able to do apart from drive. Worrying about it doesn’t do you any good. You simply bought to attempt to go, hit your marks, get essentially the most out of your race automotive. Fortunately, we had been in a position to try this.”
Truex mentioned whereas he targeted totally on his personal race all through the day, he did see a possibility to gamble as drivers started selecting their lane for the ultimate restart.
“Everyone took the underside (lane) and I noticed the outlet up there (on the highest lane) and I used to be like, ‘I’ve to go for it,’ and that labored out for us,” he mentioned.
“Simply due to all people who helped us all 12 months lengthy to get us thus far.
“Hopefully, we will go to Phoenix and make them proud.”