Martin Truex Jr. needed this one.
It’s been a postseason to forget for the Joe Gibbs Racing star, who saw his regular season points title nearly go up in smoke not once but twice after barely inching through the first two rounds of the Cup Series playoffs.
Truex has struggled to surge up the field in recent weeks, plagued by inconsistent performances, unlucky breaks and just a general lack of speed since the postseason got underway. He has just one top-ten finish in the playoffs (ninth last week at Las Vegas) so far, a world away from the consistently top-five car he showed throughout the Cup Series’ first 20 or so races.
But as long as you’re in the playoffs, you have a chance. And with a surging run during Saturday’s qualifying round at Miami’s Homestead, Truex gave himself a real shot at capturing a checkered flag — something that has eluded him since the midsummer.
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Here’s what you need to know about the pole and starting lineup for this year’s 4EVER 400.
Martin Truex Jr. took the pole for Sunday’s race, blazing past the rest of the field with the fastest lap time in qualifying. He outpaced Bubba Wallace, who will join him in the front row. It’s the 22nd career pole and second of the season for Truex.
Leading the field for Sunday night’s race are a pair of showmen: Martin Truex Jr. and Bubba Wallace. Below is the rest of the starting lineup for the race:
(P) = Playoff driver