It was quite the night at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Coming into this race there was a lot of controversy in regards to NRA sponsoring the event. As it turns out, the NRA controversy was just the tip of the iceberg. When the checkered flag waved Saturday night, the world of NASCAR had many things to talk about.
One of those things was the impressive performance turned in by Martin Truex Jr. Truex came into the night having not finished inside of the top-five all season. As the race progressed, he and Kyle Busch distinguished themselves as the class of the field.
In fact, the only car that could hang with them was the No. 24 of Jeff Gordon. Gordon unfortunately had problems late in the race and was a non-factor in the finish.
Despite having a strong car, Truex was unable to overtake Busch. Truex did however finish second and collected his first top-five finish of the season.
But then came the post-race inspection, which Truex's No. 56 Toyota Camry failed.
According to a recent article by Bob Pockrass on SportingNews.com, Truex could potentially be losing some points and cash. The article states:
Martin Truex Jr. faces a possible six-point penalty for the front of his car being too low following his second-place finish in the NRA 500 Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.
We tried to pull the shaft out of the body, and it’s just (stuck), said Crew chief Chad Johnston. There’s something going on, whether it’s debris (inside) or parts and pieces of the shock.
The article goes on to make reference to the fact that Busch suffered the same consequence for a similar violation in 2011.
This must be some very disheartening news for Truex and his team. The type of performance that Truex had in Texas was something they certainly could have used as a starting point to build momentum. Granted, even if NASCAR does levy a penalty, it shouldn't be anything so severe that it completely erases his Texas effort.
Whether or not they lose points and/or money, Truex needs to simply take this is stride. He did, after all, lead 174 of the 334 laps Saturday night. Hopefully he and his team are already looking forward to the next race.
NASCAR generally takes a few days to decide on these types of things. Truex and company will most likely have to wait until the middle of the week for their decision.