Truex Jr. Qualifies 3rd for Season Finale at Homestead
November 16, 2018
Martin Truex Jr. qualified third in the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Truex lapped the 1.5-mile oval in 31.117 seconds at 173.539 mph in the pole round of qualifying. He was third in the first round and second in the second round. The No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota will line up on the inside of Row 2 for Sunday’s 267-lap, 400.5-mile race.
“We were a little too free on that final run,” said Truex. “I tried to gain a little bit more but I just couldn’t quite finish getting the throttle down and I think I lost a little bit there. It was a good day. Great effort by the guys.
“Nice, smooth solid day, which is what the Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY team needed. We go win this thing from there and we’ll get to work tomorrow.”
Denny Hamlin won the pole. The balance of the top 12 were, in order: Kyle Busch, Truex, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Erik Jones, Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Aric Almirola, Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick.
Coverage of Sunday’s race will air live beginning at 1 p.m. MT (3 p.m. ET) on NBC, SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90 and MRN.