VIDEO: Martin Truex Jr.’s car goes up in smoke at Vegas

Martin Truex Jr. will avoid having to drop to the rear of Sunday's grid at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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It was an unhappy start to practice for Martin Truex Jr., who five minutes into practice saw his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet lose an oil line, forcing him to pull into the garage amid a cloud of smoke.

Considering a motor failure after just 30 laps in the Daytona 500 left Truex 43rd and last, this was hardly the way he wanted to start his weekend in Las Vegas. Still, the fact that he won’t have to go to the back of the field this time is a definite positive. ​