"We're definitely exhausted of running second, if we keep running like we are, hopefully, the opportunities will be there". "Good thing with our FedEx Toyota we had a good, fast vehicle and put it on the top". For the first time since Daytona in July, the No.78 team failed to finish inside the top-10 in the first stage of the race. Essentially, we changed a crew chief because Berrier wanted to move back to North Carolina, and that's all we changed. "Every single guy - every guy on this team just did a flawless job today and I can't be more proud of them and at this time of the year is just when you want it to happen".
"It was a struggle for a while, for sure, but I think the commitment from Barney and the family feel and the drive to want to be better and be a player in this sport is really what caught my attention in 2014 when we were struggling", Truex said.
Before fans hopped over the wall and ran down pit road, before there were champagne showers in Victory Lane, before the hugging and the high-fives and congratulatory text messages were sent, there was the waiting. At the checkered flag, he was 10th.
At 500 miles, 334 laps make up.
Busch was running four laps behind the leaders when he spun in Turn 2 on Lap 278.
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Harvick took his first lead on a lap 52 restart after a crash involving Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman, and went on to lead 103 of the first 180 laps. "I know I got tight underneath him and I washed up, but I checked up, and when you check up, sometimes you wash up even more, but nevertheless, I don't know if he turned me on goal or not". "Decent progress. The auto was not easy to drive and not fun to drive, but my conditions were a lot better than the other guys, and I could work my way back up through there". Like his teammate Busch, Hamlin was drained after the race.
Harvick led the most laps (149) but went from second to restarting sixth after losing spots on pit road on his final pit stop. Harvick retook the lead on the next restart on lap 121 and ran up front for the remainder of the second stage. He scraped the wall, again, around lap 220 and a third time with 55 laps remaining.
"It stinks to give up points", Busch said. He recovered and climbed back toward the front.
Busch spent almost an hour in the clinic following the Bank of America 500, receiving fluids and other treatment for the effects of a muggy day that was masked by overcast skies. With a combination of adjustment calls and quick pit stops, Truex inched his way into the top-10 and then some.
After running seventh in Sunday's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, seven-time Monster Energy NSCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson is in a precarious position heading to the second race in the Round of 12 at Talladega Superspeedway, a track he doesn't relish. She's has a chemotherapy session scheduled Monday. Daniel Suarez dominated the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte on Saturday night before the race was won by Alex Bowman. Other drivers, including Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski, also damaged their cars in practice, but repairs were made to their primary cars. His Michael Waltrip Racing team deliberately caused a caution that set in motion Truex winning a race that would have put him in the playoffs.