Truex Jr. Qualifies 15th for NASCAR’s Longest Race
May 24, 2018
His No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota will start NASCAR’s longest race (400 laps, 600 miles) from the inside of Row 8.
During his lap in the second round of qualifying Truex had a strong run going until the final two turns when his car suddenly got tight. The handling issue cost Truex from advancing to the 12-car pole shootout round, a rarity for the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion.
Truex’s speed on the 1.5-mile oval was 188.679 miles per hour. He needed a speed better than 188.871 to advance to the pole round.
“We were really tight,” said Truex. “I thought we were in good shape after practice. I was able to get through (turns) 1 and 2 pretty good and then got to (turn) 3 and just no front tire grip. We just missed it a little bit today but we’ll be fine. We’ll work on the Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota on Saturday and be ready for Sunday’s race.”
Kyle Busch earned the pole position. The balance of the top 12 was Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, Daniel Suarez, Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon.
Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 will air live beginning at 4 p.m. MT (6 p.m. ET) on FOX, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 and PRN.