Martinsville II: Truex Jr post qualifying interview

Martin Truex Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Impala SS qualified 2nd and met with media to discuss his qualifying run, approach to the Chase, and momentum going into next year. ON HIS QUALIFYING RUN: "It was a good lap. We didn't...

Martin Truex Jr., No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Impala SS qualified 2nd and met with media to discuss his qualifying run, approach to the Chase, and momentum going into next year.

ON HIS QUALIFYING RUN:

"It was a good lap. We didn't get to do a qualifying run in practice and normally we scuff the tires here, so I was a little worried about not being able to do that. But when I got up to speed, it felt good and I pushed it a little hard on the first timed lap and the car stuck really well so I was really happy with it. I tried a little too hard on the second lap and slid the left front brake going into (Turn) 1 and lost some time. But the car drove really good. I was really happy and not sure if I could really make it any better. So, the guys did a good job for me without making a qualifying run or anything, they pretty much hit the nail right on the head.

"I'm a little disappointed to be second again. This is the third time for us this year. I really want to get a pole and get my guys in the Bud Shootout next year. But I'm real proud of them and happy with the run and I've just got to thank the guys. They did a great job for me."

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF STARTING UP FRONT AT MARTINSVILLE

"It's important to start up front any time you're at a short track, especially at a track like this where it's really hard to pass. If you get out front, you can kind of save your stuff a little bit. I've always had trouble with brakes here because I've started mid-pack towards the back and just had to run too hard to stay up on the lead lap and try to pass cars. So, if we can start near the front I think it will help us a bunch."

ON THE CHANGING OF TRACK TEMPERATURE DUE TO WEATHER

"It'll get a little bit slicker but this place changes throughout the weekend anyway with the more you run, the more rubber gets on the track, so it changes pretty drastically throughout the weekend anyway, so the weather is not really a huge issue."

WITH FIVE RACES LEFT, WHAT'S OUT THERE FOR YOU TO ACCOMPLISH?

"We want to do the best job we can. We want to move up in the points. Certainly we're not happy with the position we're in right now. We're just going to go out there and try to win races; the same thing we've been doing all year, really. We want to be the best that we can and do the best we can for our sponsors and DEI. Hopefully we can move up a few spots in the points. The more the better. And not really much has changed for us as far as how we go about our racing and what we want to accomplish."

HOW SURPRISED ARE YOU ABOUT HOW QUICKLY THE FIELD HAS SPREAD OUT AFTER JUST FIVE RACES?

"It's been crazy. I know for us it's been just a lot of unfortunate things happening. It doesn't seem like we've had anything go right in any race since New Hampshire. So, it's been frustrating but at the same time, my guys have been doing a great job. We've had fast cars every week. I think the worst we ran was at Charlotte last week. We were sitting there as an eighth or ninth place car toward the end of the race when we had our troubles. They've been doing a great job. There really hasn't been anything we've done that's taken us out of it as just as just crazy stuff happening and that's happened to a lot of guys. There have been some freak accidents at the end of a couple of races. Kansas was wild for everybody with the rain and everybody seemed to start pitting right before it rained and it just screwed the whole field up and really threw a monkey wrench into everyone's plans. So, it's just been kind of crazy; especially for our team. But we'll just continue to work hard and we're real pleased with the way we've performed throughout the Chase, it's just the points aren't there."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Martin Truex Jr.