Martin Truex Jr. will start sixth in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 after lightning in the area forced NASCAR to cancel the final two rounds of qualifying.
After experiencing serious handling issues during the first half of the race, Martin Truex Jr. came roaring back in his No. 78 5-hour ENERGY/Bass Pro Shops Toyota.
Per the NASCAR rulebook, the current leader in the owner point standings is awarded the pole position when qualifying is cancelled.
“It’s all about that first pit stall at Martinsville,” Truex said. “Everybody wants that one – it’s a big advantage to qualify on the pole there.”
Truex became the first driver to win the pole and sweep every stage. His margin of victory over Kyle Larson was a whopping 11.685 seconds.
Martin Truex Jr. once again saved the best for last in qualifying as the Furniture Row Racing driver won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race.
“I feel Fontana has been a good track for us over the years but we just haven’t capitalized on our performance there,” Truex said about the next track on the NASCAR circuit.
Garone, who started with FRR when the franchise was formed in 2005, has been the catalyst in building the Denver-based team into a championship caliber auto racing organization.
After finishing 5th in Phoenix, 4th in Las Vegas and 5th in Atlanta (pictured), Martin Truex Jr. has moved into a tie for 2nd place with Kyle Busch.
“It was a good run -- we worked really hard coming here, knowing what we’ve done here in the past,” Truex said of claiming the top qualifying spot at ISM Raceway.