Blown Goodyear tires send Truex Jr. into Pocono wall

MARTIN TRUEX, JR., No. 78 Furniture Row Toyota Camry, Furniture Row Racing

What happened to cause your Camry to hit the wall?

Just blew a right front (tire). A lug nut bounced off the ground, fell in behind the wheel behind a pit stop. It's just bad luck honestly. I knew something wasn't right in (turn) one and two and I got real tight off of (turn) two on that restart and went down the back and was like, ‘Ah, it feels okay.' And, as I got closer to the tunnel turn I felt it start to go down and by the time I let off and tried to slow down it was just going straight for the fence.

Are you worried about being able to get this car fixed to use later in the season in the Chase?

That was my initial thought after it happened is like, 'Alright, let's go to the garage and make sure we don't blow another tire and destroy the thing.' God, it was so good. I mean, unbelievable that it happened the way it happened. They told me how it happened on the pit stop. A lug nut spun off, hit the ground, bounced behind the wheel somehow and knocked the inner valve stem off. Crazy bad luck and just a shame. The car was so good. I was literally on cruise control and driving away. I don't know – frustrating but it's racing I guess.

Leave a Reply