Truex trying to keep focus on title shot
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 he’s one of 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, clinching with his bump-and-run on the final lap to beat Truex last week at Martinsville.
In the aftermath, 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 one of 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 in the front row after qualifying second, teammates Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola in the second row and Kurt Busch starting seventh. Logano qualified eighth and Kyle Busch 10th.
Asked at Texas if everything was cool with Truex, or if his head would be on a swivel, Logano said only time would tell.