Martin Truex took the 78 car out Saturday morning and ended up hitting the wall during practice causing some damage to the back right of his car. It wasn't major which is a good thing. Had he moved to a back up vehicle Truex would have been forced to start Sunday’s race at the back of the pack. Turns out the Furniture Row Racing driver was actually purposely living close to the edge.
“This track in particular, you have to run right up against the fence to be really, really fast," Truex told 9NEWS. "So you try to continue to push that issue, and actually hitting it in practice a little is a good thing. It’s not a big deal, just a little scrape, we’ll fix that in 15 minutes and be good to go.”
They did just that. With the 78 patched up Truex went out in the second practice session and had the fastest car on the track. He will start Sunday's race just off the pole in second and all indicators so far this weekend would lead you to believe Truex has a really good shot at the championship.
“I feel good. Qualified well, practice has gone really well so far. Everything is going as planned so I just gotta keep it up and put it all together for 400 miles tomorrow," Truex said.
Truex wasn’t the only playoff driver with practice drama. Kevin Harvick sat out a 15-minute penalty Saturday afternoon, he was assessed that for failing a race inspection last week. None of it will really matter when the race goes green flag Sunday , and you can watch it all unfold on 9NEWS.