@MartinTruex_Jr rolled off the grid 14th for the start of the Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He drove his No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet to a sixth-place finish, marking his second consecutive top-10 for the 2015 season. The team grabbed an eighth-place finish in Daytona last week.
“It was a good day for us. Obviously a good weekend, in general. Felt like we had good speed all weekend long. The guys made good decisions. Everything has been going really smooth. It’s nice to start off the year with some momentum,” said Truex.
“Really thankful for all the hard work put in over the off-season to kind of turn this program around. Really happy with Cole Pearn [crew chief] running the ship. Have to thank Joe and everybody back in Denver for working hard in the off-season to get us where we needed to be,” he continued.
During the first 120 laps of the race, Truex ran inside the top-15 and the lowest he would drop to was 22nd just 20 circuits later. On Lap 160, the Mayetta, New Jersey native cracked the top-10 and never looked back.
In testing on Thursday and the two weekend practices, the No. 78 team struggled some with car handling especially on short runs.
“We were off a little bit in the test day on Thursday. Felt good about the car on the longer runs, which is where we were best today. Didn’t have that short-run speed. Little things here and there. Cole and our engineer Jazzy did a good job all weekend, made good decisions.”
“They tune on the car throughout the weekend. We constantly go it better each run. Today again we made some good gains through the race. At the end of the day, it was good work by all the guys. That is what we need to keep doing.”
Next week, Truex is heading to Las Vegas Motor Speedway where he has nine starts, two top-10s and led five laps. How does he feel about the current momentum carrying over into that race?
“This is just a good start to the year for us again so we can start building on this, start building some consistency. If we can run towards the front each and every week, we’ll put ourselves in position to win some races. That’s ultimately what we’re here for. Again, just credit to all the guys back in the shop, all the guys on the team,” he said.
He is currently sitting fifth in the driver’s standings, 13 points behind leader @joeylogano.
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