Strong Run Ends in Frustration


photo credit: Ron Olds (File)

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 18, 2018) – The Bristol Motor Speedway hard luck continued for Martin Truex Jr. in Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops/NRA Night Race.

While running a close second with 67 laps remaining in the 500-lap race at the half-mile short track, Truex’s day took a premature ending when he spun and hit the wall as a result of getting clipped by the No. 18 car (Kyle Busch). He was credited with a 30th-place finish.

Truex made a remarkable recovery to the front of the pack after being collected in a Lap 2 accident that resulted in right-front damage to his Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Toyota.

The Furniture Row Racing driver eventually fell a lap down due to the early accident and unscheduled pit stops. But once Truex got back on the lead lap after the first stage, his car started to pick up the pace, thanks to a number of handling adjustments called for by crew chief Cole Pearn.

“It’s just Bristol,” said a frustrated Truex. “Trying to get that first short track win. This place has been so hard on us. I mean I can’t even explain it to you how good we’ve run here in the past three or four years and crap like this happens every single time. It’s like just one thing after another. Sucks that it happened, but at the end of the day it’s racing at Bristol.

”He (Busch) probably could’ve shown a little bit more patience. He was a lot faster than me at that point in time. He just caught me and probably another lap or so he would’ve gone right by. Half his fault and half my fault for following the 14 (Clint Bowyer) for so long.”

Truex made a few attempts to pass Bowyer for the lead but couldn’t quite clear him. He patiently hung back, positioning himself for another strike at the lead.

“I feel like I probably should’ve took the lead there,” Truex noted. “I probably should’ve bumped the 14 out of the way just to get the lead and I wouldn’t have been in that position. Sometimes you’re the nice guy and you get knocked out of the way. We’ll just have to race him a little harder next time.”

With two races remaining before the playoffs begin, Truex remains third in both driver and playoff points.

The race winner was Kurt Buschphoto credit: Ron Olds (file)

Bristol Motor Speedway
Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race

1 – Kurt Busch
2 – Kyle Larson
3 – Chase Elliott
4 – Joey Logano
5 – Erik Jones
6 – Clint Bowyer
7 – Ryan Blaney
8 – Alex Bowman
9 -nJimmienJohnson
10 – Kevin Harvick
11 – Trevor Bayne
12 – Ryan Newman
13 – Austin Dillon
14 – Denny Hamlin
15 – Kasey Kahne
16 – Brad Keselowski
17 – David Ragan
18 – Daniel Suarez
19 – Chris Buescher
20 – Kyle Busch
21 – Ty Dillon
22 – Matt DiBenedetto
23 – William Byron
24 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
25 – Landon Cassill
26 – Ross Chastain
27 – Blake Jones
28 – Timmy Hill
29 – Jamie McMurray
30 – Martin Truex Jr.
31 – Aric Almirola
32 – JJ Yeley
33 – Reed Sorenson
34 – Corey Lajoie
35 – Jesse Little
36 – Paul Menard
37 – Michael McDowell
38 – Bubba Wallace
39 – AJ Allmendinger
40 – Gray Gaulding




  1. Fan reportedly tries to fight Kyle Busch after he wrecked Martin Truex

    “Half [Kyle Busch’s] fault, half my fault for following the 14 [of Bowyer] so long,” Truex said after the incident. “I should’ve knocked his butt out of the way because he held me up for 15-20 laps and I burnt my front tires off screwing with him.

    Emotions don’t just run high for the drivers when it comes to Bristol Motor Speedway. After the incident, Sherry Pollex went on a little bit of a twitter rant. 8:15: “Omg I can’t believe that just happened. Kyle Busch is a moron,” Pollex tweeted.

    After the race, Kyle Busch reportedly had a little run in with the race fans on his way out of the race track. Apparently, a fan approached Kyle Busch looking for a fight. Kyle Busch didn’t back down. READ What Happened Next: