NAPA AUTO PARTS TEAM FINISHES NINTH
AT POCONO RACEWAY


Team Remains 20th in Championship Point Standings

LONG POND, Pa. – Martin Truex Jr. and the NAPA Racing team outlasted two red-flag periods – one for a spectacular looking multicar crash and the other for rain during Sunday's Pennsylvania 500 to score his fifth top-10 finish of the season. The result also earned the team the Mobil 1 Command Performance of the Race Award.

“Ninth is a pretty decent result for our NAPA Toyota especially looking back on Friday and how bad we were when we got here,” said the driver who took the green flag in 28th position. “The NAPA Know How guys worked hard all weekend. Like I said, we struggled on Friday, struggled during qualifying and worked real hard on Saturday throughout practice. We made a lot of head way. At the start of the race we weren't very good. A little bit of strategy played into it. We were sitting about 12th before we took the two tires, so we gained five spots. We were about a 12th or 15th-place car and we finished ninth. That's the kind of day we like to have and the kind of day we've needed to have for the last two months. We've just been caught in wrecks. I'm just glad we got a decent finish out of the NAPA Toyota. I'm proud of all the guys on the team.”

Rain delayed the start of the race by 54 minutes. But once it went green, Truex wasted no time to drive from 28th to 25th by the time NASCAR threw the competition yellow on lap 15. The 30-year-old from Mayetta, N.J. informed his crew chief Pat Tryson that his No. 56 Toyota was loose through Turn 1. Tryson opted to pit under the caution for air pressure and wedge changes along with bolting on four fresh tires and adding fuel. Truex returned to the track in 23rd position.

Rain delayed the start of the race by 54 minutes. But once it went green, Truex wasted no time to drive from 28th to 25th by the time NASCAR threw the competition yellow on lap 15. The 30-year-old from Mayetta, N.J. informed his crew chief Pat Tryson that his No. 56 Toyota was loose through Turn 1. Tryson opted to pit under the caution for air pressure and wedge changes along with bolting on four fresh tires and adding fuel. Truex returned to the track in 23rd position.

Meanwhile, Truex had a close call on lap 132 when Carl Edwards had a tough time passing him which caused him to make contract with the No. 56 Toyota. Truex maintained control of the car, but lost a considerable amount of momentum. The contact dropped him back to 17th, but he quickly made up the ground to move back up to 13th by lap 141.

At the 150-lap mark of 200, Truex ran with teammate David Reutimann. Both cars recorded similar lap times and at one point, the NAPA driver let the NAPA Know How Crew know he liked his car by simply shouting, “Yeah, Baby!” Then on lap 159, Tryson took advantage of another caution by bolting on four fresh tires and adding fuel. Most teams either stayed out or took two tires. Truex restarted in 24th position and in one lap, drove up to 16th place.

The race experienced a scary moment when Kurt Busch went for a wild ride after Jimmie Johnson tried to bump draft him on lap 164. It also triggered another spectacular crash involving teammates Elliott Sadler and AJ Allmendinger. Truex made it through unscathed and on lap 170, the field was on pit road and the NAPA Know How Pit Crew bolted on two fresh tires and refueled the car. The No. 56 returned to the track scored in seventh.

Then on lap 177, NASCAR was forced to throw the second red flag for rain. Fortunately, it stopped allowing the race to go back to green on lap 179. It gave Truex the opportunity to score his ninth-place finish.

Greg Biffle won the race with Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Truex and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top-10.

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