Roof Flap Issue for Truex in Qualifying

Martin Truex Jr.

Martin Truex Jr. was not able to post a Daytona 500 qualifying time due to a roof flap issue on his No. 78 Toyota. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Martin Truex Jr. was not able to post a Daytona 500 qualifying time due to a roof flap issue on his No. 78 Toyota.

Prior to making a qualifying attempt, NASCAR officials on pit road determined that a roof flap was not in compliance with prescribed specifications. The team was unable to correct the violation within the allotted five minutes per the NASCAR Rule Book and was forced to forfeit their attempt.

"They didn’t like the way it was landing when it went down," said Cole Pearn, crew chief of the No. 78 Toyota. "I don’t know – it was that way the whole way down pit road. I’m not sure what the problem was, it could have been easily fixed but either way they decided to put it on the five minute clock when we were down there at the end and I don’t know why we had to run it back here because there was no way we were gonna get back here and get back out in time. But, whatever, we will roll on and see what they decide to do."

Truex started the weekend by posting the 10th fastest time in Saturday's opening Daytona 500 practice.

"I thought we had a really good car and good speed in it so it would’ve been nice to see what we could’ve run at least but either way we’ll move on and hopefully have a good rest of Speedweeks,” Pearn said.

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