For the 26th week in a row, Martin Truex Jr. came up just short in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday at Las Vegas, despite a solid effort earlier in the race.
On Sunday, Truex ended up 23rd.
“I never anticipated this happening. I really thought we were going to race our Toyota 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 23rd.”
The race looked like it would be a satisfactory one for the Furniture Row Racing team, with Car No. 78 leading a total of 11 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 effort. All in all, I’m very happy with 23rd place. We had a great race, we overcame a lot and we had a great Toyota — we just needed a little bit more to seal the deal.”
This marks yet another race were Martin Truex Jr. looked poised to capture a victory, yet settled for a lower finishing position in overtime.
“We’re going to finish one off soon,” Martin Truex Jr. said. “23rd place isn’t where I want to place every week, but at least I have my personality. It would be really special to grab a win at Las Vegas, but at least I have my personality.”