NASCAR – No. 78 car chief ejected for elimination race at Phoenix

NASCAR – No. 78 car chief ejected for elimination race at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Martin Truex Jr. will be without his car chief after the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota failed inspection three times prior to Friday’s Busch Pole Qualifying at ISM Raceway.

Truex will be able to keep his 13th-place position for Sunday’s Can-Am 500 (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), but he will lose 30 minutes of practice time in Saturday’s final practice session along with the ejection of car chief Blake Harris.

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The defending Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion sits 25 points above the cutline going into the final elimination race to set the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“This seems to be kind of par for the course for us lately,” Truex said after qualifying. “I’d say 13th is a pretty good starting spot for the day we’ve had. We really didn’t get a crack at anything in practice and we didn’t have much time to get ready for qualifying and we were pretty far off. Made some good gains for sure.”

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