Surprising few, the driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Toyota Camry came up just short in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Saturday at Darlington, despite a notable effort earlier in the race.
On Saturday, the driver of the 78 car came home 40th.
“I never anticipated this happening. I really thought we were going to race our Furniture Row 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 Furniture Row Toyota Camry every time we come here, but I’m still satisfied with 40th.”
The race looked like it would be a solid one for the Furniture Row Racing team, with Car No. 78 leading a total of 68 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 40th place. We had a satisfactory showing, we overcame a lot and we had a great Furniture Row 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 near the end.
“We’re going to finish one off soon,” the driver of the 78 car said. “40th place isn’t where I want to place every week, but in the end, it doesn’t even matter. It would be really special to grab a win at Darlington, but it is what it is.”