Martin Truex Jr. (third) was the highest finishing Toyota Camry in the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday evening.
Toyota Post-Race Recap
NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)
Race 3 of 36 – 400.5 miles, 267 laps
TOYOTA FINISHING POSITIONS
1st, William Bryon*
2nd, Tyler Reddick*
3rd, MARTIN TRUEX JR.
4th, Kyle Larson*
5th, Kevin Harvick*
10th, KYLE BUSCH
11th, DENNY HAMLIN
20th, CHRISTOPHER BELL
22nd, BUBBA WALLACE
38th, TIMMY HILL
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 3rd
How much did the track change for you once the sun set?
“The track changed a lot. Our Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry was really fast at times. At times a little bit off. On that last run, for whatever reason, I was just babying it. The 24 (William Byron) got the lead from me on that restart and then the 5 (Kyle Larson) got by us and I’m just biding my time waiting for them to start coming back to me and they just never did. They obviously were really fast at the end and we weren’t quite as good that last run. These things are so hard to win. These cars are so touchy and just needed one more adjustment to have a chance.”
Do you plan to talk with your teammate, Denny Hamlin, about the incident earlier in the race?
“I’ll ask him (Denny Hamlin) what happened. I don’t know if he just landed in the corner and got on the splitter or what. He just went straight and gave me nowhere to go, about ran me into the wall. Racing deal, but hopefully we can avoid those things as teammates.”
What were you lacking at the end of the race to contend for the win?
“I felt like that last run, for whatever reason, it just didn’t do what it had done all day. The 24 (William Byron) and the 5 (Kyle Larson) got by us on that restart and I was just going to take care of it here and this is going to be a really long run. That’s where we were strong all day and it just never happened. My balance got off there in the last 40 laps or so and the car wouldn’t do what it did earlier. So close. The guys did a great job. It was a good, solid effort for our Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry. Just proud of everybody for working hard. It’s definitely something we can build on.”
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