Truex moves into driver points lead, turns focus to New Hampshire


After initially qualifying second for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. was later informed that he won the pole due to Kyle Larson's vehicle failing post-qualifying inspection.

If there is one driver that you want on your team for this week's race at New Hampshire it will be Busch.

A week after Kyle Larson couldn't get on the track to qualify and later incurred a stiff mid-week penalty for a different rules violation, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver seemingly answered his critics Friday by winning the pole for the Overton's 301 Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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Byron is in his first year of Xfinity Series racing. He turned a fast lap of 133.324 miles per hour.

But Truex has the edge in playoff points, 28-13.Richmond International Raceway announced a $30 million infield renovation plan Tuesday.

Larson already was competing this weekend with interim crew chief Tony Lunders, as Chad Johnston starts a three-race suspension for an improper rear brake cooling assembly found after the Kentucky race. "We're going to try to get as many as we can. It's just been tough to put it all together to get the finishes, but we've run well and [we're] definitely looking forward to taking advantage of that this weekend". "We'll just have to see how it pans out". "We were there for four hours and I was in the vehicle a large majority of the time and I felt great inside the auto so I don't really foresee any issues".

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In the meantime, Burton has his own recipe for posting a better finish than last year's (seventh) at NHMS.

Truex has always enjoyed the northern hospitalities of NHMS.

Aric Almirola will return to NASCAR Cup Series competition Sunday after missing eight weeks with a compound fracture of his T5 vertebra.

Indeed, Truex was second in qualifying, starting in the spot for the sixth time in 2017.

But what has eluded Truex a Cup victory at the adopted Truex family home track.

"I know nothing about race cars", Larson said.