Martin Truex Jr Dealt a Big Blow Shortly Before NASCAR Cup Series Race at the Texas Motor Speedway

Published 10/25/2020, 3:07 PM EDT
Oct 18, 2020; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; A general view of pit road during the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

One really has to sympathize with Martin Truex Jr. For the second race in a row, his #19 car has been written up for a technical infringement. Last weekend at the Kansas Speedway, he found out that he was supposed to start from the rear of the pack, a mere 2 hours before the NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas.

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Sadly, lightning has struck twice, and the stewards confiscated his rear spoiler after it failed pre-race inspection. As a result, the team were docked 20 owner points and Truex suffered the same fate.

In addition to that, he is set to lose his 6th place on the grid and start from the back, denting his Playoff hopes. With the competition heating up, and Joey Logano sealing one slot last week, the pressure on Truex Jr is high.

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Martin Truex Jr is not the only NASCAR Cup Series driver to be punished

Truex Jr is just 1 of 3 drivers to be sent to the back of the grid for failing pre-race inspection. Joining him at the back of the pack for the Autotraders EchoPark Automotive 500 are Chad Finchum and Daniel Suarez. The #19, #49, and #96 cars, all failed inspection twice and were consequently slapped with penalties.

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However, that was just the tip of the iceberg for Martin Truex Jr. This was because his Joe Gibbs Racing car’s spoiler violated Section 20.4.12.b in the NASCAR Rule Book.

According to that statute, “Except as specified, spoilers must be used exactly as supplied from the manufacturer.”

Aug 29, 2020; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (1) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (19) lead the field to the green flag to start the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Aside from the grid demotion and point deduction, the No. 19 team were slapped with a $35,000 fine. To make matters worse, Martin Truex Jr will have to race without his Crew Chief, James Small, after he got ejected from the race.

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What complicates his situation is the fact that he lies 31 points below the cutline. Therefore, starting from the back of the grid puts him at a serious disadvantage in terms of his hopes for advancing into the Championship 4.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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