Truex Jr. Nails Best Finish of Season
October 5, 2014
“Awesome job guys, let’s keep it going and win Charlotte,” said Martin Truex, Jr. to his crew following a fourth-place finish in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.
The final result was Truex’s best finish of the season as the Furniture Row Racing driver continued his recent hot streak. His previous best finish of the season was sixth at the June Dover race.
Since the Chase playoffs began four races ago, Truex has an average finish of 9.25. During this four-race span, he has had finishes of 14th (Chicago), 12th (New Hampshire), 7th (Dover) and 4th (Kansas).
The fourth-place Kansas finish was the second best result among non-Chase drivers. Kyle Larson, also a non-Chase participant, finished second.
“A lot of effort and a lot of patience have gone into our resurgence,” said Truex. “Everything seems to be clicking much better right now and I look forward to taking advantage of what we have learned and trying to get a win. As I said last week, we’re also getting ready for 2015 and right now we’re seeing the improvement that will be necessary to be a Chase player next season.”
Truex’s performance in his No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet was nearly flawless in the 267-lap race at the 1.5-mile oval. He started 15th and reached the top-10 on Lap 35. He stayed in the top-10 for the remainder of the race.
He also ran a good number of laps in the top-five, including the final 27 circuits.
“It was just a good consistent effort,” noted Truex. “We were tight for a while, but Todd (crew chief Berrier) made good adjustments and the over-the-wall crew was spot on again. Just an all around team effort today.”
Truex added, “I felt good about the Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevy all weekend. Honestly, the guys have done a very nice job on the Furniture Row team bringing good race cars the last few weeks. They have been working really hard to get this program turned around. It’s nice to get some good results. They really deserve it – they’ve been working hard for it. Just hope we can keep these good runs going the rest of the year and hopefully be able to come out of the box strong next year. That is what we are planning on.”
The race winner was Joey Logano. Rounding out the top-10 in order were: Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon, Paul Menard and Brian Vickers.
There race had 25 lead changes among nine drivers and there were eight cautions for 34 laps.
The next Sprint Cup Series race is Saturday night (Oct. 11) at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.