“We’re in Big Trouble” – Martin Truex Jr on How his Race Panned Out

Published 11/01/2021, 4:49 PM EDT
AVONDALE, ARIZONA – MARCH 07: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series FanShield 500 at Phoenix Raceway on March 07, 2020 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Martin Truex Jr now has a chance to gun for a second NASCAR Cup Series title. However, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver acknowledged that it was not an easy battle at all. Luckily, he was able to storm up to 4th place at Martinsville and somehow secure his berth in the Championship 4.


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Speaking after the race he said, “We had a solid day. We weren’t the winning car, but we were third, fourth place car all day long. That’s where we ran, and everything is going smooth. Then the #2 [Keselowski] and #18 [KyBusch] come up there in the front, kind of out of nowhere. I got some damage, running side-by-side with the #2 car. Fell back and then the #10 [Almirola] stuffed me, three-wide or whatever, out of there. Then the #1 [KuBusch] car comes by and clipped my left front and drove me into the fence. I’m like ‘Oh damn! We’re in big trouble here!‘”

How did Martin Truex Jr bounce back?


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However, the team refused to give up the ghost. Instead, they kept him motivated and insisted that he dig deep. On the last restart, an opportunity arose when a few drivers took the bottom lane. Once he spotted the hole, Truex Jr knew that he had to go for it. Fortunately, it all worked out for him, and he was thankful to his team for getting him to the finale.

Sep 26, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (19) during the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Now, the target is to head to Phoenix and try to perform to the best of his ability. Martin Truex Jr also insisted that his options were very simple at Martinsville, either cry over his early setbacks or move forward. Of course, there may be times when such a strategy does not work out. On the bright side, his #19 car was fast enough to achieve his targets.

When he had to pick a lane, he saw most drivers choose the inside. So Truex Jr was aware that the onus was on him to get a good launch. As long as he avoided any collisions, he would have been perfectly alright. Looking ahead to Phoenix, he is excited to head to the finale.


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