canada africa partner reservation “Absolutely had the best car”: Martin Truex Jr. regrets missed opportunity to secure NASCAR Playoff spot

“Absolutely had the best car”: Martin Truex Jr. regrets missed opportunity to secure NASCAR Playoff spot


The late-race caution brought on by Kyle Busch’s spin in Kansas on Sunday changed the fortunes of many. Among those negatively affected was Joe Gibbs Racing driver Martin Truex Jr. The former champion was chasing his teammate Denny Hamlin from second when the caution came out. He is confident he could have caught up and won had it not been for the extra-time restart.

As the cars entered the pit roads for the restart, many opted to go for a two-tire change. But Truex opted for a four-tire tire change and moved up from 10th. Although he managed to pass many contenders from then on, the speed of his #19 Toyota Camry XSE could only take him as far as fourth. He was understandably frustrated by his bad luck.

He told Frontstretch: I don’t know, just frustrating. Until that last warning we were looking very good, as always. I don’t know what we have to do to close one, but the guys did a good job with our Auto-Owners Camry. We were in position to steal one there. Had the absolute best carContinuing, he noted that the decisions the team made made his Camry even better.

Crew Chief James Small echoes the sentiments of Martin Truex Jr. after the setback in Kansas

The race marked the second time this season that Truex looked poised for victory, but a caution thwarted his plans. The first was when he lost the lead to Hamlin on a late restart at Richmond Raceway. The situation was different then, but the emotion of losing something within reach remained the same. James Small expressed his frustration about it to the media.

“Yes, without a doubt we would definitely win the race,” he said to Frontstretch. “It’s just another race with a late-race caution that kind of screws us over, but it is what it is.” Small was trapped in dreams of how the day might have gone if he had changed two tires… If Hamlin had caught them late and let Truex through faster… If there had been another lap. Unfortunately, he can only dream now.

The #19 team’s next chance to win and clinch a spot in the playoffs is at Darlington Raceway. After the third point of the season, Truex has achieved four top-5 and seven top-10 finishes. It’s definitely only a matter of time before he finds his way to victory lane.