Martin Truex Jr. Budweiser Shootout Recap Video (via Michael Waltrip Racing)
Daytona Beach, Fl. – Martin Truex Jr. finished 19th in Saturday night's 75-lap Budweiser Shootout at Daytona in the NAPA #56 Toyota. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver raced with the leaders throughout the evening leading three times for seven laps. It appeared the NAPA Toyota would battle for victory, but the night ended on lap 54 in a multi-car crash. Truex raced in third when the second and third place cars of Joey Logano and Marcos Ambrose spun in front of him collecting the No. 56 and several others in the accident. Truex started on the pole and finished 14th in the 25-lap first segment. The NAPA team now concentrates on qualifying and racing the Feb. 26 Daytona 500.
"This is the Bud Shootout so the guys are going to take a lot more chances here than they will in the Daytona 500. The racing was fun and I think it was a good show. I enjoyed myself. It's just a shame that our NAPA Toyota is on the trailer. We had a good car and it was really fast. Proud of the work my guys did to come down here. We picked up a bunch of speed from last year at the plate tracks and here even testing. They did a good job and we'll come back here this week and work hard and hopefully have a better Daytona 500."
Mark Martin, No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota: "Michael Waltrip Racing has made real noticeable gains from where they were with restrictor plate racing a year ago and I'm proud of them. This car is plenty fast enough if we put it in the right position -- we could win the (Daytona) 500 with it. I'm happy -- I'm happy for my guys. I'm happy for everybody at MWR ."
Martin Truex Jr., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota: "It was interesting. I had some speed down from about the middle of the backstretch down to turn three, but everywhere else I was going against the wind pretty good. It was still a pick up from yesterday so it's a good job by the guys tuning the thing up last night and getting the most we could out of our NAPA Toyota. A lot more competitive this weekend than we've been as far as qualifying goes and plate tracks. Real happy with the job they've done."
Michael Waltrip, No. 40 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, Hillman Racing: "We picked up from yesterday. We ran about three-tenths faster so our goal was to run something in the 46s and we ran a 47.0 so hopefully -- who knows. It's probably going to come down to Thursday, last lap. For some reason, things always seem to be a little dramatic here for me."
Scott Miller, Vice President of Competition:
What do you think of the No. 15 being too low in post-qualifying inspection? "Really very surprised that we were -- I don't know if we got something stuck in the bleed hole in the shock, but the front just didn't come back up. It's all the same stuff that we ran in practice and it was coming back up. We'll go over there and get to the bottom of it and see what happened."
What is the penalty from NASCAR?: "Just disallow the time. Disallow the time and that means we'll start in the back in the 150s."
Does this hurt the momentum of the team?: "Not as far as the weekend goes. It's never good to be in this position right here, but as far as the 150 goes -- you're going to be to the front and to the back of that thing. Our competitiveness and our ability to go win the 150 hasn't changed any."
Was this intentional by the team?: "No."
Is this the only penalty you expect from NASCAR?: "History says that's what they (NASCAR) do here and that's usually it. Hope not."
Was it standard procedure to get a second chance through post-qualifying inspection?: "That's what they usually do -- they give it a little bit of time and you go again. If it doesn't make it the second time then this happens."