Truex Places Third, Moves Up In Points

Martin Truex Jr

Martin Truex Jr. followed his Sonoma victory in June with a third-place finish at Watkins Glen on Sunday. (Photo: Getty Images)

Martin Truex Jr. wasn’t able to follow up his June Sonoma win with another road-course victory in Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International.

But it wasn’t for lack of trying.  Truex was in the mix for most of the 90-lap run around the historic road circuit and finally was forced to settle for a third-place finish behind winner Kyle Busch and runner-up Brad Keselowski.

"We wanted to win this race," said Truex.  "It would have meant a lot to us.  We were a third‑place car all day, just missed it a little bit, but all in all a good day for us.  It's frustrating when you can just see the leader all day and you're right there behind him, and you can't do anything about it."

On the bright side for Truex was that his finish moved him to 10th in the Sprint Cup Series standings with only four races left until the Chase field is set.  The way Truex sees it, getting through the recent stretch of races at Indianapolis, Pocono and Watkins Glen; and moving up in the point standings is a positive turn of events for his team.

And as he sizes up the next month of racing prior to the start of the post-season Chase, the Michael Waltrip Racing driver likes his chances to continue the momentum he started with Sunday’s run at The Glen.

"I feel really good from here on out," he said.  "Bristol has been really good for us.  We've run well there.  There is a lot of risk involved with that track because a lot of things can happen there.  We're looking forward to going to Atlanta.  That's always been one of my better tracks and we came close to winning there last year.  Michigan ... I think we ran really well there the first race this year so I think we're in good shape."

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