Truex Earns Hard Fought Top-10 Finish at Kentucky Speedway


NAPA Team Moves Up to Eighth Place in Championship Standings

CORNELIUS, N.C. – No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished eighth in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

"It was a tough race tonight that's for sure," said Truex after completing the 400-mile event. "Everyone worked really hard for this top-10 finish. We were at the front most of the night, but the NAPA Toyota pushed like crazy throughout the entire race and we could never fix it like we wanted it to have a chance to win. Tonight was a big improvement from last year so I am happy about that. Now it's time to focus on Daytona and hope for the best. We've always had good cars there. It's just a matter of staying out of trouble and making it to the end. It should be fun!"

Truex started 10th and raced just outside the top five for the first half of the 267-lap event. To contend for the top spot, crew chief Chad Johnston worked to loosen up the NAPA Toyota. It handled tight off the corners so air pressure adjustments were the main course of action when the NAPA KNOW HOW pit crew went to work on laps 44, 95, 126, 149, 201 and 211.

The Michael Waltrip Racing team used good fuel strategy in the closing laps to keep Truex comfortably at the front of the field and secure the eighth-place finish. Some of the front runners were not as lucky and pitted for fuel with just a few laps to go.

The eighth-place result was Truex's ninth top-10 finish of the year. His team moved to eighth in the standings – just nine markers out of the top five.

Winning the race was Brad Keselowski. Rounding out the top-five finishers were Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon.

The NAPA AUTO PARTS team returns to action Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.

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