Truex Jr. Takes Hit in 4th Segment; Crash Forces Retirement From All-Star Race
May 17, 2014
Getting caught up in someone else’s mess is a frequent saying in motorsports. And for Martin Truex Jr. he was one of the victims in Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The Furniture Row Racing driver, who was involved in a three-car crash, retired from the race on the second lap of the fourth segment. His overall finish was 18th in the non-points event, which consisted of four 20-lap segments and a final 10-lap shootout.
As a result of something breaking in Jeff Gordon’s car, Truex’s No. 78 Chevrolet hit the wall as did the cars of Gordon and Greg Biffle.
“Something happened to Jeff’s car and it caused a chain reaction, sending all three of us to the garage,” said Truex, who had finishes of 17th, 15th and 10th in the first three segments. “These things happen, it wasn’t anyone’s fault. I am sure Jeff feels bad about what happened.”
Gordon, a four-time Sprint Cup champion, did indeed feel bad about causing the accident.
“Something broke in the front-end, either a tire or something in the suspension because I was going down the back straightaway and as I was getting to the corner it just sat down and started going straight,” explained Gordon. "I hate it we caught those guys up top on the outside of me.”
Biffle shared similar feelings about the incident, which occurred on Lap 2 of the fourth segment.
“It looked like he (Gordon) got loose or something driving off in the corner and he took a big wiggle up the hill and the No. 78 was right on his quarter-panel,” said Biffle. "I was right on the 78’s quarter-panel so we just ran out of real estate. I don’t know what happened to Jeff, but he either got loose or something happened to his car getting in the corner there. It’s just kind of an accordion effect, I guess.”
The race winner was Jamie McMurray. Rounding out the top-10 in order were: Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski. The next Sprint Cup Series race is Sunday May 25 – the Coca-Cola 600 -- also contested at Charlotte Motor Speedway.