Truex wins pole at Dover for third NASCAR play­off race

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS -

DOVER, Del. Martin Truex Jr. has tried to en­joy his ca­reer year as much as he can. The vet­eran driver says he never knows when the run might end. He kept on rolling at Dover. Truex will try to win his sixth race of the sea­son from the pole at Dover In­ter­na­tional Speed­way in NASCAR's third play­off race. Truex has been the driver to beat all sea­son and he proved it again Fri­day, when he turned a lap of 160.664 mph to win his sec­ond pole of the sea­son.

Truex had clinched a berth in the sec­ond round of the play­offs when he won at Chicagoland Speed­way. He had the dom­i­nant car last week at New Hamp­shire Mo­tor Speed­way un­til he was caught up in a wreck and fin­ished fifth.

Truex has nine wins in the No. 77 Toy­ota at Fur­ni­ture Row Rac­ing over the last two years af­ter win­ning just three times in his first 10 years. Oh, and Truex won this race last year.

“It takes so many things to come to­gether to be in a po­si­tion that I've been the last few years, re­ally,” he said. “I'm very thank­ful, I'm def­i­nitely en­joy­ing it. At the same time, there's that chance of a cham­pi­onship out there. You can't lose fo­cus and say, this is go­ing great, we're go­ing to show up to the track and ev­ery­thing's go­ing to be fine. You still have to work hard.”

Truex ended Kyle Busch's bid at three straight poles. Busch started first in the first two play­off races and will start sec­ond on Sun­day for the all-Toy­ota front row. He ad­vanced to the sec­ond round when he won at New Hamp­shire.

“I'm glad for once we're first and he's not,” Truex said. “I've been sec­ond to him a lot, so it's cool for us to get a pole.”

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