Blown tire in practice on Saturday sends Truex to the back at Fontana
By: Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Services on March 22, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Martin Truex Jr.’;s first year with Furniture Row Racing has not been precisely smooth.
If some thing could go incorrect for Martin Truex Jr. this year, it previously has, and the streak of rotten luck continued Saturday at Automobile Club Speedway.
Eight laps into a planned 10-lap run during the 1st NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session of the day, the left rear tire on Truex’;s No. 78 Furnishings Row Chevrolet exploded. The resulting influence with the flip 2 wall broken the automobile severely ample to force the team to a backup machine.
Following qualifying on the outdoors of the front row for the Feb. 23 Daytona 500, Truex was collected on the last lap of his Budweiser Duel 150-mile qualifying race. The auto came to rest in the tri-oval grass, spewing flames, and Truex had to start NASCAR’;s most prestigious race from the rear of the area in a backup vehicle.
That was the 1st time, Truex stated, he had ever had to use a backup auto in the Sprint Cup Series. In the race itself, Truex retired with a blown engine.
In his first yr with Furnishings Row, Truex has a ideal finish of 14th at Las Vegas, and the wreck at Fontana only extra to his misery.
“I detest it for the staff, because we had a good race auto there, and it is been a genuinely tough commence to the 12 months for us, with a good deal of these sorts of factors occurring to us,” Truex mentioned. “It’;s unfortunate.
“The good information is, hopefully the negative luck’;s out of the way for this weekend. We have received to start off in the back, but hopefully we won’;t finish in the back.”
On Twitter, Truex summed up his feelings in a single word. “Unbelievable…” he wrote.
Truex wasn’;t the only driver, even so, who had concerns with the left rear tire. Each Joey Logano and Penske teammate Brad Keselowski suffered flat left rears — Keselowski twice.
The mixture of a taller spoiler (escalating downforce) and far more latitude with rear camber had every single crew chief in the Cup garage paying out close interest to left rear tire put on, as last practice progressed later on in the afternoon.
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