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NASCAR

Sep 15 - 2019

Playoff Statement Made

September 15, 2019, Truex dominated the closing laps of the second stage of the race to claim bonus points.Playoff Statement Made

Martin Truex Jr. didn’t start Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race from the front of the field. He could barely see the front from his 24th starting position when the field took the green flag for the first of 10 NASCAR Playoff races to determine the 2019 MENCS Champion. But as the 100-plus degree desert temperatures dropped into the night, Truex’s No. 19 Camry came to life.

September 15, 2019, But as the 100-plus degree desert temperatures dropped into the night, Truex’s No. 19 Camry came to life.
Truex dominated the closing laps of the second stage of the race to claim bonus points. As the third and final stage of the race started, Truex again found himself battling handling issues. But another pit stop and adjustment from crew chief Cole Pearn brought the car to life on the final long run of the race and ultimately to the checkered flag to punch his ticket to the next round of the Playoffs.
September 15, 2019, Martin Truex Jr. didn’t start Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race from the front of the field.

“It takes the pressure off for sure,” said Truex. “The biggest thing is that it gives me more Playoff points. The next two weeks we can try to get even more of those and that’s huge. Any Playoff points you can get will help you get to Homestead. I felt like after Charlotte, we would run good here. This package has just been so tricky to figure out. You just never know. Cole (Pearn, crew chief) and the guys worked really hard this week to come here with something different. We took a bit of a gamble, but it worked out.”

Truex’s JGR teammates struggled in the race, but will have two more chances in this first round of the Playoffs to secure their positions into the Round of 12. Denny Hamlin (15th), Kyle Busch (19th) and Erik Jones (36th) battled handling issues along with mishaps on-track throughout the 400-mile race.

The MENCS returns to action next Saturday night, Sept. 21 at the short track of Richmond Raceway in Virginia.