Truex Perseveres After Lap One Accident at Pocono Raceway

Top-20 Finish Moves NAPA Team to Seventh Place in Championship Standings

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CORNELIUS, N.C. – No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished 20th in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway.

Truex started 23rd in the 400-mile race. On the first lap, Truex was a victim of a spinning Landon Cassill. Cassill's spinning car sideswiped Truex, ripping the right side off of the NAPA Toyota. The NAPA KNOW HOW pit crew repaired the car on pit road but lost two laps to the leader.

"The wreck was a bad deal that's for sure," said Truex surveying the damage to his No. 56 Toyota after the race. "I don't know what some of those guys were thinking since it was the first lap of the race. We got the wrong end of the deal, but the NAPA crew worked really hard to get us back on the track. We just needed a break and got it when we took the wave-around. There were so many things happening out on the track with pit road issues and fuel strategies that it was hard to figure out how things were going to go for us because our NAPA Toyota had speed. We just needed the track position to see just where we stacked up."

The team rallied with strategy and got both laps back by the midway point. The NAPA team climbed back into contention, racing as high as 13th late in the event before posting a 20th-place finish. The result moves Truex from sixth to seventh in points, though he still holds a 42-point cushion on the final Chase qualifier.

"I want to thank Scott Miller for climbing onto the pit box and managing everything this weekend," added Truex. "It could have been a lot worse. We'll shake off getting wrecked and focus on what we can do at Michigan because Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer looked really strong today."

The NAPA team tests this Thursday at the newly resurfaced Michigan International Speedway in preparations for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, June 17.

In front of an estimated crowd of 100,000 fans, Joey Logano won the Pocono 400 by .997 seconds beating Michael Waltrip Racing's Mark Martin. Rounding out the top-five were Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin. MWR's Clint Bowyer crossed the finish line in sixth place.

The race was completed in three hours, three minutes and featured 19 lead changes among 10 drivers.

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