Truex Leads Laps at Michigan En Route to Top-10 Finish

NAPA Team Remains in Sixth Place in Championship Standings

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CORNELIUS, N.C. – No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished 10th in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.

Truex started seventh and immediately raced to the front of the field. He ran in second behind Michael Waltrip Racing teammate Mark Martin in the early going.

The driver's only real complaint was a tight-handling Toyota through the turns. Crew chief Chad Johnston made small air pressure changes throughout the event to keep the NAPA driver well within striking distance of the lead.

As the event progressed, the No. 56 grew stronger. Truex led two times for 12 laps and never ventured outside the top 10.

A green-white-checkered flag finish determined the victory. The NAPA driver lined up eighth, but neither Truex nor the other drivers in the outside lane could gain an advantage.

"We had a really strong NAPA Toyota in today's race, but it was all about track position," said Truex. "We just were in the wrong lane on the last couple of those restarts and that ultimately hurt us. It was just too tough to pass. The guys did a really good job giving me a strong car today. We showed our strength early on, but unfortunately it was just tough to pass and get that track position to make another run for the lead."

The 10th-place finish was Truex's 13th top-10 of the year. It also earned him the American Ethanol Green Flag Restart award. The award ($5,000) is given to the eligible driver that records the fastest average speed on restarts and finishes the race on the lead lap.

Truex and the NAPA team remain sixth place in championship standings with a 68-point cushion on 11th place for the tenth and final Chase points berth.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will compete Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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