FORT WORTH, Tex.–Martin Truex Jr. made Kyle Busch battle for his first place finish Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway. He led Busch in the closing stages, until Busch took advantage of the races final caution and a lightning fast pit stop to regain first place.
Truex was disappointed as his winless streak stretching back 209 races continues. There was more bad news for Truex and his Michael Waltrip Racing crew after the race as the No. 56 Toyota did not pass NASCAR’s post-race inspection. Officials said the car was too low in the front and as a result Truex may be facing a penalty. As an indicator of what Truex may be facing, Kyle Busch got slammed back in 2011, with a six-point penalty and a $25,000 fine for being too low.
That could be hard to swallow for Truex after he was already overcome with disappointment over his second place finish when he was so close to being first.
“Yeah, Shoulda, coulda, woulda – it happened to us a few times last year too. I’m just disappointed. The race was over when we got beat out of the pits, “said Truex Jr.
“When they say second sucks – second sure sucked tonight. “
Truex led 142 of 334 laps Saturday night. He is 16th in the series standing and is 37 points outside the top 10. If he gets a six-point penalty, he will drop down to 19th.