Another second-place finish has Martin Truex Jr. frustrated

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Martin Truex Jr. is tired of it. Tired of finishing in second. Tired of not capitalizing on nights that his car is good enough to win.

And Truex made it clear his car was good enough to win the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night. He led 142 laps on the night, but not the final one as he and his team settled for another second-place finish.

“It hurts when you give them away,” Truex said. “It’s so hard to get in this position. We had that tonight and we’ve got to get better at taking advantage of it. That’s why I’m upset. Second is a great accomplishment, but it’s not what we’re here for.”

NASCAR officials said after the race that Truex’s car will be inspected later this week because the front end was too low.

Truex, driving the No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota, is here to win like every other driver. But he’s only gotten to Victory Lane once in his NASCAR Sprint Cup career — back on June 4, 2007, at Dover. He thought he had No. 2 in his sights, but instead had his sixth second-place finish.

Truex is clearly itching to take the checkered flag again, and knows his team can’t waste opportunities .

“Finishing second is good,” Truex said. “It’s just when you’ve been so close to winning so many times, it sucks to run that good and finish second.”

Third-place finisher Carl Edwards took a lighthearted attempt at consoling Truex, saying he was proud of his team finishing third. Edwards didn’t have a solid car for most of the race, and felt lucky for the high finish.

Truex understood Edwards and conceded that if his team had to battle just to get to second, it would have been quite an accomplishment.

But Truex reiterated that his car was capable of beating winner Kyle Busch and the No. 18 Toyota.

The problem came with 19 laps to go when Truex led Busch going into pit road. Busch, though, had a quicker pit stop than Truex and that proved to be the difference in the race.

“So frustrating,” Truex said. “The last caution came out and we got beat out of the pits.”

It’s been a frustrating season all around for Truex and his team. They went into the race with only one top-10 finish, and were coming off a 40th-place finish last week at Martinsville.

Truex had an impressive car all week at a track he’s had some success at. Truex has won two poles at TMS, and now has eight top-10 finishes in 16 starts.

His second-place finish was a career best, too, but Truex had higher aspirations.

“We got it to where it was the best car out there,” Truex said. “I feel like we’ve been in this position a lot and nothing about it is much fun.

“I’m tried of finishing second. This is getting old.”

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @drewdavison

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