CORNELIUS, N.C. – No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished 12th in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway.
Truex started 16th in the 400-mile race that began two hours late due to rain. Once the race settled in, the NAPA driver produced top-10 lap times and patiently worked his way up through the field. Interim crew chief Scott Miller implemented several strategies before the halfway mark, but after two green-flag pit stops, caution flags flew just moments later. The ill-timed yellow-flag periods cost Truex valuable track position and forced Miller to throw out the proposed plans.
Despite the loss in real estate, the NAPA Toyota proved to be one of the fastest cars on the track. Each time, the driver raced back up into the top 12 with his sights focused in on the top-10.
"Our NAPA Toyota was really good all day long," stated Truex. "We just kept pitting at the wrong time. It was one of those deals where we would pit and the caution would come out. It put us way in the back. We would go from dead last and race back to like 13th or something. Then we had a bad restart where I got my fender knocked in and so I got tight. It was just one of those days where we couldn't catch a break, but the car was super fast. Fortunately, we were able to come back -- we passed a ton of cars today. It's hard to pass here so that says a lot about our NAPA Toyota."