Unsurprisingly, Martin Truex Jr. came up just short in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday night at Bristol, despite a satisfactory run earlier in the race.
On Sunday night, Martin Truex Jr. came home 24th.
“I never anticipated this happening. I really thought we were going to race our car 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 car every time we come here, but I’m still satisfied with 24th.”
The race looked like it would be a strong one for the Furniture Row Racing team, with Car No. 78 leading a total of 24 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 24th place. We had a strong effort, we overcame a lot and we had a great Camry — we just needed a little bit more to seal the deal.”
This marks yet another race were Truex looked poised to capture a victory, yet settled for a lower finishing position after halfway.
“We’re going to finish one off soon,” the driver of the 78 car said. “24th place isn’t where I want to end up every week, but there’s always next week. It would be really special to grab a win at Bristol, but at least I have my personality.”