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Truex Suffers Race-Ending Damage In Early Accident
Posted by: newsla on May 11, 2014 - 05:07 PM
Truex Suffers Race-Ending Damage In Early Accident

Ryan Truex and the No. 83 Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota Camry team finished 43rd at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night. Scored inside the top 10 during a round of green flag pit stops, Truex's climb was quickly slowed as a multi-car accident in turn four left the Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota with race-ending damage.


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Truex led the BK Racing organization to the green flag with his 31st-place starting position for Saturday night's race. The driver called into his crew early in the event asking for more grip throughout the turns. With competitors going through a round of green flag pit stops, Truex's team opted for a quick air pressure adjustment to provide the driver with additional grip. However, the driver didn't have very long to evaluate the change before getting caught in a multi-car accident exiting turn four on lap 61.

Running just outside the top-30 during the round of green flag pit stops, Truex was racing hard for position when the car in front of him slowed and slid up the track. With nowhere to go, Truex made contact and ultimately turned down the track into another competitor. Significant damage to his Burger King / Dr Pepper Camry left Truex to park the car on the apron and take the required ride to the infield care center. The rookie contender was evaluated and released, but the damage to his No. 83 Toyota Camry proved to be too significant for the BK Racing team to return to the event. As a result, Truex was scored with a 43rd-place finish.

"Clearly that wasn't the finish that we wanted for our Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota team, but at least everyone involved in the wreck was okay," commented Truex. "It's unfortunate that I can't say the same about our race car. You never want to be out of the race before it's over, but there really wasn't anything I could have done differently in that situation. We had another car slide up in front of us, and there was no way that I could get slowed down in time. My guys work hard every week building quality racecars, so I feel bad that we have one that's torn up."

Many teams will enjoy a couple weeks at home as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Charlotte Motor Speedway for back-to-back race weekends. Kicking off with the Sprint Showdown and Sprint All-Star Race, FOX Sports 1 will provide full coverage of the event with television broadcasts of practice, qualifying, and the race. Drivers from BK Racing will compete in the Sprint Showdown where they will race for one of the coveted starting positions in the Sprint All-Star Race. FOX Sports 1 will provide full coverage of the Sprint Showdown with practice (12 p.m. EDT) and qualifying (4 p.m. EDT). The 40-lap Sprint Showdown will air on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 16. The Sprint All-Star Race will also air on FOX Sports 1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 17.

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