Truex try­ing to keep fo­cus on ti­tle shot

The News-Times (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 peace, 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 bump-and-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 Kyle Busch 10th.

When asked at Texas if ev­ery­thing was cool with Truex, or if his head would be on a swivel look­ing around, Logano said only time would tell.

Larry Papke / As­so­ci­ated Press

NASCAR: AAA TEXAS 500, SUN­DAY, 3 P.M. (NBCSN) Martin Truex, Jr. drives dur­ing prac­tice at Texas Mo­tor Speed­way on Satur­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.