Pocono: Truex Jr post race interview

MARTIN TRUEX JR. , NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS / TRACKER BOATS MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 3rd: ON TODAY'S RACE: "It was a great day for us. Kind of a weird race thinking the rain was coming and everything but we just tried to do our own thing and...

MARTIN TRUEX JR. , NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS / TRACKER BOATS MONTE CARLO SS - Finished 3rd:

ON TODAY'S RACE:

"It was a great day for us. Kind of a weird race thinking the rain was coming and everything but we just tried to do our own thing and stay up front all day. We had a really good race car, Bono (crew chief Kevin Manion) and the guys did a great job with it. Right at the start, we were pretty tight. We rode out that first run and pitted, made some good adjustments and from there on out, we were pretty good. Still, we were off just a tiny bit; we were maybe a second or a third place car, but on the long runs we seemed to be pretty good. It was a good day. The No. 24 snookered all of us pretty bad, but I think five or 10 more laps we had a shot at the win. I was catching Newman there and the No. 24 was coming backwards fast then. It was a lot of fun and a great race for us today."

ON HOW FRUSTRATING IS IT WHEN FASTEST CAR DOESN'T NECESSARILY WIN THE RACE:

"That is one of the things we deal with out here, especially now with the smaller fuel cell. I was out there running and they said we would be pitting in two or three laps and I am thinking 'Already? It seemed like we just go going. That changed it a lot I think, the smaller cell, but you just never know. They could have been kicking themselves if the race went six more laps because they had to pit. It just worked out in their favor, it could have gone either way. I felt like we were doing the right thing along with the No. 12 and the other guys running up front. We didn't have to take any chances or try to work a strategy to get there because we were already there. We just did what we thought was right and those guys tried to get an advantage and got lucky, but just the way it is."

ON ENGINE THAT WAS IN HIS CAR:

"We ran the standard SB2 today, the one we have been running. I think Paul might have run the R07 today, but I am not sure. Maybe not, maybe it was in the ARCA car, but he blew a tire."

ON IF THEY COULD HAVE USED DIFFERENT STRATEGY BECAUSE OF RAIN:

"You just have to let it play out. If the race had run a few more minutes, the No. 24 would have had to pit and we would have still been out on the race track. It was just the way it worked out. They made a gamble to get track position and they were able to do that and didn't lose it before the rain came."

-credit: gm racing

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