Truex Jr. Qualifies 12th at Kansas

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 19, 2018) – Martin Truex Jr. qualified 12th in the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.

Truex lapped the 1.5-mile oval in 28.513 seconds at 189.387 mph in the pole round of qualifying. He was fifth in the first round and eighth in the second. The No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota will line up on the outside of Row 6 for Sunday’s 267-lap, 400.5-mile race.

“First two runs we were too loose,” said Truex. “Tried to get it tightened up to go faster and we got it too tight for the third round. We have two practices sessions tomorrow to get the Bass Pro Shops Toyota where we need it for Sunday.”

Sunday’s race will be the sixth of the 10-race NASCAR Cup Series playoffs and the cutoff race for the Round of 12.

Joey Logano won the pole. He was followed by Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Erik Jones, Kyle Busch, Daniel Suarez, Denny Hamlin, Alex Bowman, Kurt Busch, and Truex.

Coverage of Sunday’s race will air live beginning at 12:30 MT (2:30 p.m. ET) on NBC, SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90 and MRN.