Martin Truex Jr. had ‘fun day’ despite second straight Chase win slipping away

For the majority of Sunday’s Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, it looked like Martin Truex Jr. had a great shot to score a second consecutive win in the Chase.

Truex led a race-high 141 laps in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota, but a tight battle with Matt Kenseth and late-race cautions resulted in a seventh-place finish at the Magic Mile.

"I raced with Matt (Kenseth) so hard for the lead for such a long time that I just kind of burned my tires up and then really had trouble getting going on those last two restarts," said Truex.

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Although Truex has already advanced to the next round of the Chase with a win at Chicagoland Speedway, capitalizing on his dominating performance at Loudon would have kept fellow Chaser Kevin Harvick out of Victory Lane.

"It was unfortunate to have a car that good all day long and then come home seventh," he added. "But all in all, it was a fun day."

After putting up a heck of a fight in the closing laps with Kenseth, Truex is looking forward to next Sunday’s race at Dover International Speedway — the final race before the Chase field is narrowed down to 12 drivers.

"We led a lot of laps and the team did a great job all weekend," said Truex. "We’ll go on to Dover and see if we can’t finish the deal off there."