It’s Darn Near Impossible to Keep Truex Down This Year

By Jared Turner

After spending a good chunk of Sunday’s race at New Hampshire in his similar front-running form, Martin Truex Jr. endured a major setback when his car suffered damage from his involvement in the multi-car crash triggered by Kevin Harvick’s spin at the end of Stage 2. But following some repairs on pit road, Truex recovered to finish fifth — a downright impressive result, all things considered. Of course, considering how strong Truex and his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyotas have been all year, Sunday’s rally was perhaps to be expected. “We had a fast racecar that was definitely capable of winning,” said Truex, who won the first stage and led 112 laps in the 300-lap race. “But after the accident, the aero setback was too much to contend with to challenge for the victory. We gave it everything we had to come back and get a top-five.”