Engine Troubles for Kenseth and Truex


Kenseth finished 40th at Dover when his engine expired after 159 laps. (Photo: Getty Images)


DOVER, Del. - Valve spring issues caused the engines of Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr. to fail during Sunday’s FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway, according to a Toyota spokesperson.

Toyota Racing Development provides the engines to both Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing. This marks the second race in a row at least one TRD engine has failed in a race. Kyle Busch was sidelined during last weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 after an engine failure.

Kenseth finished 40th. He also failed to finish the Daytona 500 because of an engine issue.

“I really feel like JGR has three of the strongest race teams and the best cars in the garage,’’ Kenseth said. “You’ve got to be able to finish these races to win, you’ve got to be able to finish races to try to win championships. Hopefully, they’ll have that all figured out before September.’’

Kenseth fell one spot to fourth in the points Sunday. He said he took it easy on the engine as he ran at the front and led 29 laps.

“I can’t be any easier on it then I’ve been on it, so it’s just something is wrong,’’ he said. “It’s not driver induced. It’s not too many miles in practice. It’s nothing like that. Something is wrong with a part and it broke.’’

Truex finished 38th and fell five spots to 14th in the points. This was his first engine failure in a race this season.

“Something let go in the motor,’’ Truex said. “Just dropped a cylinder and started smoking all at once. Pretty disappointing.

“I wish we could have made it to the end.’’

Kyle Busch was the top-finishing Toyota driver, placing fourth. The only other Toyotas to finish in the top 10 were Clint Bowyer (sixth) and Mark Martin (ninth) although Toyotas led 222 of the race’s 400 laps.

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