For 2nd Straight Race, Truex To Start In The Rear

Martin Truex Jr. will start at the rear of the field due to an engine change prior to Sunday’s FanShield 500 for the NASCAR Cup Series at Phoenix Raceway (3:30 p.m. on FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

The No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing team swapped out the power unit of its Toyota Camry before pre-qualifying technical inspection Saturday morning at the 1-mile oval.

Truex posted the 24th-fastest time during Friday afternoon’s opening practice session, followed by a 25th-place result in final practice.

NASCAR Cup Series Busch Pole Qualifying is slated for 2:35 p.m. ET on FS1.

Last weekend, Truex’s car failed inspection three times and he had to also start at the rear then as well.

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