Once again, Martin Truex Jr. came up just short in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday at Daytona, despite a notable run earlier in the race.
On Sunday, the driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Toyota Camry finished 12th.
“I never anticipated this happening. I really thought we were going to race our Camry into Victory Lane,” said a dejected Truex after the race. “I felt really good about our chances. I am pretty frustrated right now because I don’t understand why we have an ill-handling Toyota Camry every time we come here, but I’m still satisfied with 12th.”
The race looked like it would be a strong one for the Furniture Row Racing team, with Car No. 78 leading a total of 42 laps during the early portions of the event.
“The guys on this Furniture Row team did such a good job this weekend. We fought the car all day long and still had a pretty good showing. All in all, I’m very happy with 12th place. We had a satisfactory run, we overcame a lot and we had a great race car — we just needed a little bit more to seal the deal.”
This marks yet another race were the driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Toyota Camry looked poised to capture a victory, yet settled for a lower finishing position after halfway.
“We’re going to finish one off soon,” Truex said. “12th place isn’t where I want to place every week, but it is what it is. It would be really special to grab a win at Daytona, but in the end, it doesn’t even matter.”