Truex Jr. Qualifies 7th in Kansas
May 11, 2018
Martin Truex Jr. will start from the inside of Row 4 in Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.
It was the ninth time in 12 races this season that Truex has started seventh or better.
Truex was 19th fastest in the first round of qualifying then jumped to eighth in the second round before finishing seventh in the 12-car pole-shootout round.
His No. 78 5-hour ENERGY/Bass Pro Shops Toyota covered the 1.5-mile oval in 29.001 seconds at 186.200 miles per hour.
"We got a little better in each of the qualifying rounds but it’s not where we wanted to be,” said Truex, who will be seeking a third straight win at Kansas. “We were loose all day long. Had a short practice because of inspection and some other issues. We just needed more time in practice to sort things out.
“We definitely gained on it throughout the (qualifying) rounds but not enough to be better than seventh. We need to be a lot better for tomorrow night’s race. Luckily our guys are very good about figuring things out overnight.”
Kevin Harvick won the pole (28.600 at 188.811). Rounding out the top-12 in order were: Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, Denny Ham;in, Truex, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Chris Buescher, Paul Menard and Erik Jones.
Saturday night’s KC Masterpiece 400 will be televised on Fox Sports 1, 6 p.m. MT. (7 p.m. Kansas time).