Truex Collected in Crash at Talladega Superspeedway


28th-Place Finish Moves Truex to Sixth in the Driver Standings - 47 Points Out of First

CORNELIUS, N.C. – No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished 28th in Sunday's restrictor-plate race at Talladega Superspeedway.

"I'm not real sure what happened out there," said Truex who qualified 15th for the event. "We were kind of out there taking our time trying to get to the end and taking care of our temps. Our NAPA Toyota was really fast and we were just waiting until the end to use it. Unfortunately we didn't make it there. I'm not sure what happened up ahead. I about made it through there and I was kind of spinning down the track a little bit. I think the 24 (Jeff Gordon) came along and hit us and that's what really killed the car. Before that we were going to be okay. It's just one of those deals, I'm not sure what happened up ahead -- a lot of smoke and just guys stopping in front of me and tried to turn to get below and kind of got into the side of the 20 (Joey Logano). We got sideways and then I got hit."

The NAPA driver spent most of the Aaron's 499 cruising mid-pack and staying out of trouble. Meanwhile his car owner Michael Waltrip showed the teams' muscle by leading laps and running up front for most of the event.

Unfortunately before Truex ever got the directive from crew chief Chad Johnston to race his way to the front and contend for the win, he was collected in a multi-car crash on lap 142. The NAPA KNOW HOW crew made significant repairs in the garage to allow Truex to return to the track in 30 laps to gain valuable track positions and points.

"I really thought we were going to be okay until the wreck happened," added Truex. "It's just a shame. We had a fast car and really didn't get a chance to show it."

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to action next Saturday night at one of Truex's favorite tracks - Darlington Raceway.

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