Truex Jr. Qualifies 17th at Michigan International Speedway
June 8, 2018
Martin Truex Jr. qualified 17th in the No. 78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota for Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
The Mayetta, N.J., native ran 35.959 seconds at 200.228 mph in his second lap of the second round Friday on the 2-mile oval. The Furniture Row Racing entry will line up on the inside of Row 9 for the 200-lap, 400-mile race. Truex was 19th in the first round. The top 18 qualifiers ran speeds more than 200 mph.
“We actually got it better in the last round but still way too tight,” said Truex. “We just missed it in qualifying today. We had a short practice there this morning and the track was really loose when we started practice. We were way off there and got the Auto-Owners Toyota better toward the end but now we’re way too tight. It’s just one of those days where we chased the balance a lot and definitely didn’t hit it right for qualifying.”
Kurt Busch won the pole. The balance of the top-12 qualifiers were: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Erik Jones, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, and Clint Bowyer.
Sunday’s race will air live beginning at noon MT (2 p.m. ET) on FOX, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 and MRN.