Truex Uses Sprint Showdown to Prepare for Next Week's Coca-Cola 600


Finished Fourth Place in Non-Points Race

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CORNELIUS, N.C. – No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished fourth in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"I really liked our chances tonight and thought we would race our way in," said Truex, who qualified second. "I am disappointed, but we learned a lot. Our tires went away quicker than I thought and we just didn't have enough front grip to keep our transfer spot into the Sprint All-Star Race. I really wanted to race for the $1 million, but when it comes down to the bigger picture, I'm glad we had the track time to learn and prepare for next Sunday's Coca-Cola 600."

Truex qualified second for the non-points race which consisted of two 20-lap segments. When the green flag waved, pole sitter AJ Allmendinger dove onto pit road due to a flat tire. Truex went door-to-door for several laps with Dale Earnhardt Jr. before settling into second place. The plan was to conserve tires and finish out the first 20-lap segment in the second position.

Crew chief Chad Johnston chose to keep the NAPA Toyota out on the track and in a transfer spot. The leader, Earnhardt Jr., had the same strategy during the competition caution.

The final segment saw the NAPA Toyota lose track position because of handling to finish in fourth place -- two positions short of a transfer spot into the Sprint All-Star Race.

Meanwhile, Jimmie Johnson beat Brad Keselowski to the finish line by 2.384 seconds to win his third Sprint All-Star Race. Michael Waltrip Racing's Clint Bowyer and Mark Martin finished 14th and 21st.

The No. 56 NAPA Toyota will sport a special red, white and blue paint scheme during the Coca-Cola 600 race weekend. NAPA is joining NASCAR for its NASCAR Salutes public service campaign to recognize the efforts of the men and women who have served our country. The race is Sunday evening at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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