Martin Truex Jr.: ‘Issues have modified’ with Joey Logano | NASCAR

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Defending NASCAR Cup Sequence champion Martin Truex Jr. says “it’s time to cease getting run into and begin operating into” different drivers (per NASCAR.com), however he maintains that he will not change the way in which he races after Sunday’s last-lap loss at Martinsville Speedway.

Truex’s feedback got here Thursday, simply days after Joey Logano bumped him out of the way in which to get the victory in Virginia. Truex, who slid throughout the end line third, felt that Logano’s bump was an inexpensive solution to win.

“I would not simply wreck anyone to win a championship, identical to I would not wreck anyone to win a race,” he mentioned earlier than a Toyota worker day at company headquarters in Plano, Texas (through ESPN.com).

“It could be cool for a few hours. In 20 years, you’re going to look again and say, ‘Did I actually win that race or was that low-cost?’ Some folks could be OK with that.”

Truex mentioned good buddy Dale Earnhardt Jr. was amongst those that have texted him this week, many — together with Earnhardt — telling him he is too good whereas racing.

“I’m who I’m who I’m,” Truex mentioned. “I race how I race.

“You simply cannot have one race not go your approach and fully change every thing about your self. Hindsight is at all times 20-20. I might do it in a different way proper now [at Martinsville] if I might do it, however I am unable to. I’ll simply put that within the reminiscence financial institution for subsequent time. What else are you able to do?”

Truex’s remorse looking back: “The one factor I might have accomplished totally different was knock his ass out of the way in which with two or three laps to go and drove off. I did not try this.”

Talking of texts, Truex mentioned he additionally had exchanged some with Logano, too.

“I texted him [first] — let’s get that straight,” Truex mentioned. “He would not have most likely mentioned nothing if I hadn’t texted him.

“What would you assume he’d say? … I simply needed to see what he’d say. And he mentioned precisely what I believed he would — defending himself.”

Within the quick warmth after Sunday’s incident, Truex declared that he would not let Logano “win the struggle,” a reference to this 12 months’s Cup Sequence title, to be determined at Homestead.

The 2 shall be on the observe at Texas Motor Speedway for Saturday’s AAA Texas 500 at three p.m. ET. There are solely two playoff races remaining after Texas, with the champion to be topped Nov. 18 in South Florida.

There was hypothesis on how Truex may stop a Logano title. 

By Thursday in Texas, Truex appeared to have cooled off and indicated that he would not take out Logano the way in which Matt Kenseth did three years in the past at Martinsville, the place 9 laps down Kenseth drove Logano into the wall.

“I do not see myself following Kenseth, however issues have modified between us, I inform you that,”  he mentioned of Logano.





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