Mid-Pack with Zach: Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

By: Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer

Each week, Kickin’ The Tires will highlight the 20th-place finisher from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Standing as the middleman in weekends with 40-car fields, there is sure to be a story behind each one.

Martin Truex Jr.’s rough Talladega breaks continued last weekend, as the driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota crashed out of the 188-lap race late in the going.

While running mid-pack with six lap to go, Truex was turned into the inside wall after Chris Buescher and Matt DiBenedetto wrecked hard down the backstretch. The contact was significant enough to end his day competitively, however, keep him on the track for the checkered flag, finishing 20th.

Despite the rough ending to a promising day, the result itself isn’t as bad when you see what his history tells.

The 20th place may have been his worst since the season-opening Daytona 500, but at Talladega, it was his best finish since 2016, finishing worse than 23rd in his previous five ‘Dega visits.

Truex and JGR now head to Dover International Speedway this weekend, where the New Jersey native will go for a third victory at the Monster Mile.

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List of 20th-Place Finishers in 2019

Daytona: Clint Bowyer
Atlanta: Daniel Hemric
Las Vegas: Austin Dillon
ISM: Matt Tifft
Auto Club: Paul Menard
Martinsville: Matt DiBenedetto
Texas: Chris Buescher
Bristol: Darrell Wallace Jr.
Richmond: Ryan Preece
Talladega: Martin Truex Jr.

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