Truex bounces back from Chase elimination to win pole

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) – Martin Truex Jr. vowed to win the remaining races this season once he was knocked out of the playoffs.

A pole-winning run Friday at Martinsville Speedway was a strong step toward fulfilling that goal.

Truex turned a lap at 98.206 mph to win the top starting spot for Sunday’s race. He also won the pole last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, but a blown motor led to his elimination in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He said after he was determined to win the final four races of the year.

Joey Logano qualified second and was followed by eight-time Martinsville winner Jimmie Johnson.

AJ Allmendinger qualified fifth, Chase Elliott was sixth and Tony Stewart seventh as three drivers not in the Chase had strong runs.

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