By: Pete Pistone – @PPistone | MRN.com on August thirteen, 2017 | 7:18 P.M. EST&#thirteen;
Furnishings Row Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones completed second and third, respectively, in Sunday’s Pure Michigan four hundred at Michigan Worldwide Speedway. (Photograph: Getty Photographs)&#thirteen;
Furnishings Row Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones couldn’t maintain off Kyle Larson for the win in Sunday’s Pure Michigan four hundred at Michigan Worldwide Speedway.
Truex Jr. had the lead within the race till Michael McDowell’s accident with 5 laps to go set-up an additional time restart. As soon as the monitor was cleared and the inexperienced flag flew, Truex Jr. and Jones have been on the entrance of the sector.
Nevertheless, that benefit didn’t final lengthy as Larson charged by as the sector raced into flip one and with a daring transfer cut up the 2 teammates and by the point they exited flip two, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver had the highest spot.
That’s the place he completed leaving Truex Jr. and Jones to return residence second and third, respectively.
“Yeah, we obtained beat truthful and sq.,” Truex Jr. stated after the race when he met the media. “That is the best way it goes typically. Double file restarts are tough, and I had good restarts all day I felt like, and we had that purple flag for the primary time and actually simply sat there whereas I obtained the tires chilly after which solely had one lap to return to the inexperienced and get some warmth again in them, and I simply struggled getting going, simply spun the tires. I did not actually anticipate it as a result of I hadn’t had any hassle with that each one day.
“Simply considered one of them issues that occurs. Like I stated, once more, the double file restarts are tough, and typically you do them proper, typically you screw them up, and sadly I screwed the one up that mattered probably the most at the moment.”
Jones was capturing for his first profession Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection win and with it a spot within the playoffs. He was pressured to accept third, tying his profession-greatest mark.
“Simply did not work out,” Jones stated. “Want it might have labored out a bit of bit higher. It was wanting like a Furnishings Row one two, type of both approach it was going to play out, so simply did not work out the best way we needed it to.
At one level within the late going, Truex Jr. and Jones have been operating 1-2, elevating the query if there have been plans to let the rookie driver take the lead and subsequent victory since Truex Jr. is already locked into the playoffs.
“We do not have staff orders,” Truex Jr. stated bluntly. “No one lets one another win. He will win some races. His flip will come.”
Regardless of the ending on Sunday, the rookie Jones stays optimistic concerning the future and the best way his staff is performing.
“We have had good days. We have had dangerous days,” he stated. “We have had days the place we should always have run higher, and we have had days the place we ran higher than we should always have. It has been up and down, like I stated, however general, I feel we have completed a reasonably good job.”