Truex Scores 10th Top-10 Finish of Season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

NAPA Team Ties For Sixth Place in Championship Standings With Eighth-Place Result

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

"I told Chad (Johnston, crew chief) and the guys after the race that this is what we needed," smiled Truex after climbing out of his NAPA Toyota. "When we showed up here on Friday, we didn't have the car we wanted. We were way off and we had to work on it very, very hard. To have the speed we had today was really awesome.

"We really fought track position -- starting 17th and then had a little bit of trouble on a couple of our stops and we lost a few spots. Every single restart but the last one I was on the outside. It's just so tough on the outside so the last one I got on the bottom and gained some spots.

"Overall, it was good. It was a good day; the guys did an awesome job. Our new TRD (Toyota Racing Development) motor was awesome -- best motor I've ever had so I want to thank those guys. The NAPA car was good -- we were just missing a little bit. We were a little too tight all day long and could just never fix it."

Truex qualified 17th and when the green flag dropped, he wasted no time by breaking into the top 10 by lap 10.

Crew chief Chad Johnston worked to loosen up the No. 56 Toyota throughout the entire 400-mile event. A series of air pressure adjustments were completed by the NAPA KNOW HOW pit crew during stops on laps 27, 42, 71, 95 and 125.

Then it all came down to a 20-lap shootout to determine the Brickyard 400 winner. Truex restarted 11th and gained several spots in some impressive racing during the final moments to record the team's 10th top-10 of the season.

Winning the race in front of an estimated crowd of 125,000 fans was Jimmie Johnson. Rounding out the top-five finishers were Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jeff Gordon.

The race took two hours and 54 minutes and featured 17 lead changes among nine drivers.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to action on Sunday at Pocono Raceway.

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