Truex loses car chief, practice time for failed inspection attempts

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Truex loses car chief, practice time for failed inspection attempts

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Truex loses car chief, practice time for failed inspection attempts

Martin Truex Jr. will lose his car chief for the remainder of the Can-Am 500 weekend and 30 minutes of practice Saturday morning after inspection issues at ISM Raceway.

The No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota needed four attempts to get through pre-qualifying inspection. With three failed attempts, car chief Blake Harris has been ejected.

Truex will serve the 30-minute practice hold at the end of the 50-minute final practice.

Truex qualified 13th for the Can-Am 500, the final elimination race in the playoffs. The defending series champion enters the weekend 25 points above the cutline.

“This seems to be kind of par for the course for us lately,” Truex said after qualifying. “I’d say 13th is a pretty good starting spot for the day we’ve had. We really didn’t get a crack at anything in practice, and we didn’t have much time to get ready for qualifying, and we were pretty far off. Made some good gains for sure.

“I wish we could have ran again. I definitely feel like I could pick up some more, we were pretty tight. We’ll start 13th and get to work tomorrow.”

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