Truex try­ing to keep fo­cus on ti­tle shot

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - SPORTS -

Fort Worth, Texas Martin Truex Jr. has promised that Joey Logano won’t win the NASCAR Cup ti­tle.

That is a score that can’t be set­tled at Texas.

For now, de­fend­ing Cup cham­pion Truex is try­ing to stay fo­cused on win­ning at Texas, or next week in Phoenix, or at least get­ting enough points to make sure that he is one of the four driv­ers rac­ing for the ti­tle in two weeks.

“That’s the plan any­ways,” Truex said. “I do pretty good about keep­ing my head straight. I’ve said my piece, told him what I thought and I’m here at Texas try­ing to win.”

Logano is the only driver locked into the fi­nal four spots, clinch­ing that after his bumpand-run on the fi­nal lap to beat Truex last week at Martinsville.

In the im­me­di­ate after­math of that race, Truex pro­claimed, “He may have won the battle, but he ain’t win­ning the damn war.” A text to Logano fol­lowed that night.

Truex qual­i­fied 13th for Sun­day’s race, with Chase El­liott the only of the eight cham­pi­onship con­tenders be­hind him in 16th.

“We have two im­por­tant races here where I am in a po­si­tion to run for a cham­pi­onship,” Truex said. “I am not go­ing to let what hap­pened last week take my fo­cus off of that.”

The four Ste­wart-haas driv­ers were the top four qual­i­fiers among the eight con­tenders, with Clint Bowyer on the front row after qual­i­fy­ing se­cond, with team­mates Kevin Har­vick and Aric Almirola in the se­cond row and Kurt Busch start­ing sev­enth. Logano qual­i­fied eighth, and

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Kyle Busch 10th.

Xfin­ity: Cole Custer re­gained the lead after the fi­nal restart with two laps to go, push­ing past rookie driver Tyler Reddick to win the se­ries race at Texas and lock­ing in a chance to race for the se­ries cham­pi­onship. There are three cham­pi­onship-con­tend­ing spots for Homestead that will be de­cided next week at Phoenix.

Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press

Jets run­ning back Isa­iah Crow­ell has been held to 94 yards on 37 car­ries in three games since his 219-yard ef­fort vs. Den­ver.

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