Truex Jr Qualifies 13th at Texas
November 2, 2018
Martin Truex Jr. qualified 13th in the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Truex lapped the 1.5-mile tri-oval in 27.278 seconds at 197.962 mph in the second round of qualifying. He was also 13th in the first round. The No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota will line up on the inside of Row 7 for Sunday’s 334-lap, 501-mile race.
“It was a little tighter there (than the first round) with hot tires and hard to really gauge,” said Truex. “I missed the bottom in (turns) 1 and 2 a little bit but I think it’s generally harder to go faster on hot tires. I got a little loose in 3 and if I hadn’t have screwed that up, I think I would have been in the pole round and we could have adjusted on it from there.
“This is a really line-sensitive track, really fast. For whatever reason, we’ve been off a little bit in qualifying since they repaved this place. I haven’t quite figured out what I need for qualifying but I feel we’ve been really good here in race trim so we’ll work hard on it tomorrow and go get them on Sunday.”
Ryan Blaney won the pole. The balance of the top 12 were, in order: Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, William Byron, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard and Erik Jones.
Sunday’s race will be the eighth of the 10-race NASCAR Cup Series playoffs and the second race for the Round of 8.
Coverage of Sunday’s race will air live beginning at 2 p.m. CT (3 p.m. ET) on NBCSN, SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90 and PRN.