Truex Jr.: Captures Pole at Atlanta’s First Night Race



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Martin Truex Jr. will be sitting on the pole for tomorrow night’s Pep Boys Auto 500. With a qualifying speed of 184.143 mph, Truex edged out Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson to sit on the front row.

“It has been one heck of a tough season, but these guys never give up. They have worked really hard and trying really hard to make our cas better and to help the No. 42 guys get in the Chase and they have done a great job.”

“You never know what you have until you get out there” Truex said. He also went onto add that he track picked up a second over the practice session and how “…this is one of my favorite tracks, I am really looking forward to racing here tomorrow night, it should be really good.”

Truex is not the only driver to indicate that this is one of their favorite tracks. Kahne puts this track as one of his five favorite tracks to race, and Tony Stewart said that this was “a driver’s track”.

The conditions changed all day long, practice this morning was cool, then a little rain shower, then the heat came and made the track very slick. All of these changes today made it very difficult for teams to set, a sentiment that Jimmy Elledge, Crew Chief for the no. 82 Red Bull Toyota. “It’s like we really weren’t sure what direction the racetrack was going to go, how much we needed to tighten it up or how much do you need to count on the fact that the grip is going to come to you with the sun going down. Now we know.”

With all of this and the lights going on in Georgia tomorrow night, look forward to a spectacular race.

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About Christopher Smith

A long time fan of NASCAR, he attended his first race as a kid in 1979 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the World 600. Christopher watched Darrell Waltrip drive his way to victory and from that day forward he’s been hooked. As president of RubbingsRacing.com, Christopher launched the site in 2000 and in the past decade, it has grown into a NASCAR-accredited web site hosting multiple podcasts, dedicated writers and race coverage at the majority of NASCAR-sanctioned events. Christopher is an official member of the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA).

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