Truex Perseveres to Record 12th-Place Finish at Coca-Cola 600


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CORNELIUS, N.C. – No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS/NASCAR Unites Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished 12th in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Truex started 15th and battled a tight-handling condition throughout the race. Crew chief Chad Johnston made a series of adjustments throughout the event to correct the handling issue. As a result, Johnston's calls enabled Truex to record his best finish in NASCAR's longest race since 2009.

"Charlotte is my toughest track so to leave here with a 12th-place finish is OK especially considering what we battled out there," said Truex, who sported white Oakley sunglasses in pre-race festivities to honor 2011 Indy 500 champion Dan Wheldon. "We missed it a little bit. Chad and the guys did a great job keeping us in contention for a chance at a top-10. We have some work to do. We were fast the first 10 laps and then we went to the tight side. It's the same thing we've battled here for the last couple of races. We've obviously made some gains but still have some more work to do. Chad says he has some ideas so I am looking forward to hearing what he has to say. The good news is this race didn't seem to last as long as it normally does. That's a good thing and really, I am happy to come away with a 12th-place finish at my toughest track."

The top-15 finish moves Truex to sixth in the championship standings – one point out of the top-five and 49 points out of the lead.

Meanwhile in front of an estimated crowd of 140,000 fans, Kasey Kahne won the Coke 600 by 4.295 seconds to beat Toyota driver Denny Hamlin. Rounding out the top-five were Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle and Brad Keselowski.

The race was run in three hours, 51 minutes and featured 31 lead changes among 11 drivers.

The NAPA team returns to action next Sunday at one of Truex's favorite tracks - Dover International Speedway. The Monster Mile is the site of Truex's 2007 NASCAR Sprint Cup victory. He also owns two poles, both behind the wheel of the No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota.

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