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Truex Jr. Speeds To Pole At Texas Motor Speedway

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, April 13 2012

Martin Truex Jr. and team owner Michael Waltrip have the Texas pole. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Christa L Thomas)

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Martin Truex Jr., driving a Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, won the pole Friday night for Saturday night’s Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Truex had a fast lap at 190.369 mph at the 1.5-mile TMS quad-oval.

The pole was the first for Truex since last October when he was top qualifier at Dover. It was the second of the season for MWR as Mark Martin won the pole at Phoenix in Week 2. It was his second pole at TMS and the seventh of his Cup career.

“It’s been a good weekend so far for our NAPA team,” Truex said. “We’ve had a lot of speed in our race car and I felt really comfortable going into this qualifying session that we had a shot at it. I was really happy with our qualifying runs yesterday in practice. Normally, going into qualifying, I don’t tell people I think I have a shot at the pole unless I really, really know it. I was in the motorhome with my dad a few hours ago and he said, ‘What do you think?’ I said, ‘I think I have a shot at the pole.’ It’s pretty cool that it worked out.

“I’m proud of my team – proud of everybody on my NAPA Toyota and everybody at MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing) for what they’ve been doing for us. Michael (Waltrip, team owner) and Rob (Kauffman, team owner), we talked about this earlier, its just so much fun coming to the race track right now with the cars they’re bringing and the team work and the communication we’ve got going on. Chad Johnston (crew chief), he’s been such a great leader of our 56 team and hopefully we’ll be back in here tomorrow night after the race having some fun.”

Matt Kenseth of Roush Fenway Racing was second fastest. His top lap was at 190.148 mph.

Third fastest was Kenseth’s teammate, Greg Biffle in a Ford Fusion. He had a lap at 190.121 mph.

“You know, I have to say that normally you can come back and say you should have done this or that different but I think our lap was pretty good,” Biffle said. “In One and Two I couldn’t have done any better down there. In Three and Four maybe I drove in a little light because of the wind and I was worried about getting it on the bottom. That means I got on the gas super early and the car started stepping out a little bit. I wasn’t sure I could push it all the way down so I kind of feathered back on the gas and pushed it back down and felt it step out.

“I feathered the gas two brief times and then held it down. I probably should have rode it up the track a little bit and that might have been a tick faster, I don’t know. I was pretty close to getting all there was there and if I had held it down I don’t know if I would have went faster or not but it would have been close because we were all so close anyway.”

Fourth in qualifying was Truex’s teammate, Martin.

Kasey Kahne of Hendrick Motorsports was fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Ryan Newman, Marcos Ambrose, Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray and Jimmie Johnson.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, April 13 2012
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