–by Mark Cipolloni–
The NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond did not end well for Martin Truex Jr. after being in the lead group for the majority of the race and even leading 56 laps.
The last set of Goodyear Tires his team put on the car resulted in Truex going backward through the field.
After the race was over, Truex Jr. and his crew chief James Small had a rather entertaining exchange over the team radio, where the latter tried to explain that putting on scuffed tires was a bad decision.
“What a (expletive) nightmare!”
Small apologized over the radio after the checkered flag and explained why he did not inform Truex Jr. that he was on scuffed tires until after the race concluded.
“We had (expletive) scuffed tires on there because we hosed ourselves taking that set (of tires) in Stage 1, So we were (expletive) regardless. Sorry. We (expletive) up.”
Initially, Truex Jr. was unable to comprehend what his crew chief said, but upon further explanation, he vented out his frustration as he replied:
“You didn’t tell me you put scuffs on, so I didn’t know what the (expletive) was wrong, okay…..Jesus.”
We think a switch back to Cole Pearn as his crew chief is what Truex needs right now.