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Martin Truex Jr. Looking To Be One Better At Kansas

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Martin Truex Jr. is tired of finishing in second place in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series races. After last week’s effort at Texas once again came up short, Truex is looking forward to Sunday’s race at Kansas Speedway.

Truex led 142 laps at Texas and looked to be in good position to break a long winless streak in NASCAR’s top series that has lasted several years, but it didn’t happen. Kyle Busch beat Truex out of the pits during a late race pitstop and went on to win and sweep the weekend. Busch also won the Nationwide race at Texas on Saturday.

Truex was clearly disappointed with not winning but things got worse during the post-race inspection when his No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota failed to meet the minimum front car heights. On Wednesday, NASCAR docked Truex’s team six points for the infraction and that dropped him from 16th to 19th in the drivers point standings.

In Friday’s qualifying at Kansas, Truex had a fast car again and turned the seventh fastest time to start in row four. Maybe Sunday he will get that long-awaited next win.

Matt Kenseth broke the Kansas track record to start from the pole and was the fastest in Saturday’s final practice. Here is the complete starting lineup.

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