Martin Truex Jr. was solid at Martinsville Speedway’s short track, finishing seventh in the Sprint Cup Series race, his 16th top-10 result this year.
Though Truex got bumped from his Chase playoff run, the confidence level remains just as high as when he started the Chase.
An engine failure in the early stages of Sunday’s Hellmann’s 500 not only knocked Martin Truex Jr. out of the race but also out of the Chase playoffs.
Truex’s qualifying effort Saturday was his fourth pole of 2016, establishing a personal season best. It was his 11th career pole and first at Talladega.
With six spots remaining among 10 drivers seeking to advance to the Chase for the Sprint Cup Round of 8, Martin Truex Jr. is 13 points above the cut line.
Martin Truex Jr. sits two spots away from elimination heading into the final race of the Round of 12 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Martin Truex Jr. nailed another top-10 qualifying effort, posting the fourth fastest speed Friday at Kansas Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr., who will make his 400th career Sprint Cup Series start Sunday, is keenly aware of the stakes at hand as the Chase continues to unfold.
Running in third place on a caution pit stop, Martin Truex Jr. lost power to the No. 78 Toyota and dropped out of contention.