Truex Jr. elated on runner-up finish
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Martin Truex Jr. (78) leads Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the rest of the field in the 2015 Sprint Unlimited. Truex Jr. led 28 laps en route to a second place effort.
With a second place finish in Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited left, Martin Truex Jr. praised the efforts of his team’s single-car operation.
Leading three times for 28 laps, Truex scored his best finish with Furniture Row Racing to date.
“Just proud of my team,” Truex said from the media center post-race. “Proud of everybody at Furniture Row, everybody back in Denver at the shop that put the car together.
“Just felt really good to be out there, you know, leading laps and mixing it up with the guys up front all night long, especially after the last year and a half being pretty rough. It was pretty awesome to get out there, get back in the car tonight, have a whole bunch of fun.”
Truex led a total of two laps in 2014, including points-paying, exhibition and Daytona qualifiers.
Running in second on the last lap, Truex found himself in position to make a last lap pass on race leader Matt Kenseth.
Martin Truex Jr
“Once Kenseth blocked me and I lost my momentum, yeah, I mean, the race was over,” he said. “The 19 came up beside me. We were side-by-side. There was obviously nothing either of us could have done at that point.
“Once he threw the block, slowed my momentum down, I was done. There was no chance after that. We would have needed two more laps to get lined up to have another shot at him.”
Truex used the word “fun” six times total during the press conference, explaining how it felt to run up front and contend for the win.
“Last year was a tough year for us, on and off the racetrack,” he said. “It's just been fun to come to the racetrack.
“If we can come to the racetrack and know we're going to have cars like that every week, that's a dream come true for me. This is the most fun I've had in a racecar since 2013.
“I just can't thank all the guys on our team enough, all the guys that stuck behind me and worked hard, brought us a race car like we had here tonight. Hopefully we can continue that not only tonight, but throughout the season.”