Truex Jr. battles back for 12th place finish

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Martin Truex Jr. (78) turns laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Truex Jr. finished on the lead lap in 12th.

By Dominic Aragon
September 23, 2014


After falling two laps down Sunday at New Hampshire, Martin Truex Jr. rallied back to finish 12th on the lead lap.

Truex Jr., who began the race 32nd, was involved in a multi-car accident on lap 181. Multiple pit stops to repair damage placed Truex Jr. two laps down.

“The guys didn’t quit on me today and I’m driving my heart out,” Truex Jr. said post-race. “Though we made good adjustments today and came through at the end, we struggled for most of the weekend and need to work out some issues. But the guys worked hard and kept on making the car better.”

Truex Jr. earned the free pass on two consecutive cautions (laps 258 and 265), enabling Truex Jr. to get back on the lead lap.

Truex Jr. finished the race 12th, posting his second consecutive top-15 finish and second consecutive lead lap finish.

“I never thought I would say this about New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but I wish the race was longer,” Truex said. “We were moving forward and felt there were more cars that we could have passed. Finishing 12th was good today, but it’s still not where we want to be.”

Since posting three top-ten finishes in a span of six races earlier in the season, Truex Jr. enters Dover without posting a top-ten finish in 14 races.

He hasn’t led a lap or posted a top-five in 2014, but Truex Jr. is likely looking forward to this weekend’s race. A past winner at Dover, his best of 2014 came at the spring race, a sixth place effort.

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