Despite sweeping the first two stages in the Firekeepers Casino 400, Martin Truex Jr. came up one spot short of winning Monday.
Truex finished runner-up for the fourth time in the Cup Series at the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway.
“I think we just needed a little longer run,” Truex said of trying to chase down race-winner Chris Buescher. “I felt like we were a little better, but it is just really hard to pass the leader on equal tires.”
Truex scored 55 points — the most of any driver — and increased his points lead to 57 over second-place Denny Hamlin.
With three races before the start of the NASCAR Playoffs, Truex has earned 3 wins, 9 Top-5 finishes and 13 Top-10 finishes.
“Every week we feel like we have a shot to win, that is all I can ask for,” Truex said. “It’s exciting to come to the track every weekend knowing what these guys are going to bring me. Hopefully, we can keep it up.”
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