TRUEX TAKES THE POLE FOR SPRINT CUP RACE
Martin Truex Jr. says he feels a win coming on. Not necessarily this week, but soon for him and his No. 56 team with Michael Waltrip Racing.
Maybe Friday night's qualifying run is a good sign that this is his week.
Truex will start from the pole in the Sprint Cup Samsung Mobile 500 at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.
Truex edged Matt Kenseth and points leader Greg Biffle with a qualifying lap time of 28.366 seconds to take the pole.
“I felt really comfortable going into qualifying that we had a shot at it,” Truex said. “It's not easy to get poles in this series. It's not easy to do anything better than everybody else out there. There's no better way to start the weekend than getting the pole.
“I've got a lot of confidence right now. I'm able to go out there and just drive the cars and have fun with it.”
Truex started from the pole at Texas in November 2007 and went on to a third-place finish.
Kenseth will start second and Biffle third on Saturday night. But both Kenseth and Truex are close behind Biffle in the points race.
Trevor Bayne was the fastest car in practice Friday. Bayne, who made his Sprint Cup debut at Texas in the fall of 2010 before becoming a star as the Daytona 500 champion a few months later. In three career starts at Texas, Bayne has finished 17th each time.
STEWART HITS WALL IN PRACTICE
Defending Cup champion Tony Stewart and his crew had a busy day Friday. Stewart hit the wall on his second lap of practice, forcing the team to switch to its backup car just a few hours before qualifying.
Additionally, Stewart's team decided to change the engine in the backup car before his qualifying run.
Stewart will start 29th on Saturday night. Because he changed engines before qualifying, Stewart will not have to start from the back of the field.
TMS GOES GREEN
For the second straight year, NASCAR is using environmentally friendly fuel in all three of its top racing series, including Saturday's Samsung Mobile 500.
The fuel used in the Sprint Cup cars is Sunoco Green E-15, a 15 percent ethanol-blended fuel as NASCAR continues to be on the leading edge of green technology, particularly with the use of American Ethanol.
TRUCKS RUNNING AT ‘THE ROCK'
The Camping World Trucks Series will make its appearances at TMS in June and November, but this week, the series is running at Rockingham Raceway in Rockingham, N.C., on Sunday.
Known simply as “The Rock,” the famous track has been absent from any NASCAR schedule for eight years when the sport's powers looked for tracks in bigger markets — like Texas Motor Speedway.
The Sprint Cup used to make two yearly trips to Rockingham, but those dates were given to Fontana, Calif., and Texas after the 2004 season.