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FORT WORTH, Texas

Martin Truex Jr.’s second-place finish was marred by his No. 56 NAPA Toyota’s failure to pass post-race inspection Saturday night following the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.

The car did not pass the height requirement in the front end.

NASCAR public relations officials said the issue would be addressed at the start of the week.

Truex led 142 laps and posted his eighth top-10 finish in 16 starts at Texas. His second-place result elevated the driver from 25th to 16th in the points standings.

“It looks like there's something wrong with the left front shock that’s holding it down," crew chief Chad Johnston said. "... We knew that either the rounds had backed out of it, or we had trouble with the left front shock, ‘cause the rear was high because the front was so low. It sat over there, and typically, if it’s choked down on bleed, it’ll come up slowly, but it never came up. We had to beat the shock bolt out of it. It’s definitely not something you’d want, but it is what it is, so it was low, and we’ll move on.

"I don’t know if there’s a side to see. The rule states it can’t be low, and it was low. They obviously have to do what they have to do per the rulebook, and I don’t know what that is, but things happen that are out of our control, but it’s not really in their control either, so they have to do what they think is right. It’s just tough to run as well as we did and come up short and then come in here and find out that you're low. It kind of rubs salt in the wound. The penalty is what it is, but you don’t want to be known as having troubles after tech, as people that do that, whether it’s self-induced or just circumstances. Either way, it’s not what you want."

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