Martin Truex Jr. to start Texas playoffs at back of field after engine change

Martin Truex Jr. will be starting at the back of the field for Sunday’s race at Texas Motor Speedway, NASCAR announced Saturday. 

Truex drops from his 13th starting start because his team made an engine change Saturday. 

The Furniture Row Racing driver was in a similar situation last week as he failed postqualifying inspection in Martinsville and had to start at the rear, but Truex still came close to winning as he finished third behind Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin.

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Truex has a 25-point cushion on the current playoff cutoff going into the second race of the three-race third (semifinal) round of the Cup playoffs, ESPN notes.

The 2017 Cup champion joins three other drivers who will start in the back. Daniel Suarez (qualified 19th) and Chris Buescher (qualified 21st) will drop for an engine change. Matt DiBenedetto (qualified 31st) will go to the rear for a transmission change.

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