CORNELIUS, N.C. – No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. finished eighth in Sunday’s 312-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway. Sunday’s finish marks the 14th top-10 finish for NAPA Racing in 2013.
Despite two good practice sessions Saturday, Crew chief Chad Johnston opted to overhaul the set up before the race to make the car better in race conditions. Those changes paid dividends from the start.
During the race’s middle stages, Truex avoided several cautions and joined in three-and-four-abreast racing.
The No. 56 pitted a final time for right side tires and fuel with 30 laps remaining then raced from 11th to an eighth-place finish.
“We had a good NAPA Toyota all weekend long and Chad decided to make wholesale changes,” said Truex. “We had no idea what kind of car we would have today but it worked out just fine. We’ll take a top-10 any day. We got just one more to go as a NAPA team. We hope to make it a good one.”
Kevin Harvick beat Kasey Kahne by 1.796 seconds for the victory. Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kurt Busch rounded out the top-five. Carl Edwards ran out of gas with two laps remaining in the race. Eight cautions slowed the race for 49 laps and featured 23 lead changes among 13 drivers.