Truex Records 17th-Place Finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

NAPA Team is 10th in Championship Standings

Martin Truex Jr. New Hampshire Recap Video (via Michael Waltrip Racing)

Martin Truex Jr. New Hampshire Recap
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CORNELIUS, N.C. – No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished 17th in Sunday’s 300-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

"We missed the mark today,” said Truex after climbing out of his NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota. “We had a lot to do in the pits just to try and get this NAPA Toyota running where we needed. It was a long day for us. We've struggled here the last few years and it's still a track we need to improve on. We're 10th in points and have a good track coming up so we'll keep plugging away next week in Dover."

The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started ninth and moved into the top five by the halfway mark. Truex looked poised to battle for the victory but in the final quarter of the race, his car’s handling drastically went away on the tight mile oval.

Truex raced door-to-door with several cars in the closing laps to record the 17th-place finish.

Winning the race in front of an estimated crowd of 98,000 fans was Denny Hamlin. Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, MWR’s Clint Bowyer and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top-five finishers.

The race took two hours and 43 minutes and featured 17 lead changes among 10 drivers.

The NAPA AUTO PARTS team returns to action Sunday at Dover International Speedway in the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup. Truex will start the third of the 10-race Chase in tenth just 34 points out of first.