Truex Jr. Upset and Disappointed

Martin Truex Jr.

"There's a guy out there that shouldn't even be out there, 20 some laps down, riding around. As slow as he is, he can't even hold his damn line. It's ridiculous. He scrapes the wall, they throw a caution with one to go. That's not what racing should be." (Photo: Getty Images)

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Martin Truex Jr. appeared headed to win number five of the season only to lose his shot in overtime to Kyle Larson.

A late caution for Derrike Cope hitting the wall changed the complexion of Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway and erased what appeared to be a comfortable lead for Truex Jr. It set up an overtime restart and Larson got the jump and the lead when the green flag flew leaving Truex Jr. to battle with Denny Hamlin for second.

There was contact from Hamlin and Truex Jr. went into the first turn wall bringing out caution and ending the race with Larson going on to win.

Not surprisingly Truex Jr. was not pleased with the turn of events.

“Yeah, I mean, I just don't agree with the caution,” he said.   “I think it's ridiculous that, again, there's a guy out there that shouldn't even be out there, 20 some laps down, riding around.  As slow as he is, he can't even hold his damn line.  It's ridiculous.  He scrapes the wall, they throw a caution with one to go.  That's not what racing should be. 
               
“I'm mad about that.  But I have to go back and watch the tape, see how it exactly played out.  I'm madder about all that than I am about losing.  Just a hard way to lose 'em.”

Truex Jr. was the regular season champion and brings 53 playoff points with him to next week’s race at Chicagoland Speedway. But Saturday night none of that mattered as the Furniture Row Racing driver lamented one that got away, or in his mind was taken away.

“A little bit disappointed obviously again that the caution came out at the end,” he said.  “Nothing we can do about those things.  I don't know what you do, throw away your long run setup and try to be good for a lap for these restarts that always seem to happen. 
                
“I don't know.  It's a tough deal.  Just thankful for everybody on my team, all the guys back in Denver at the shop that give me such good racecars, (team owner) Barney (Visser) and everybody.  Just try to keep going.  10 to go.  See if we can keep the momentum going.”

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