Martin Truex Jr. focused on Texas race despite animosity over Joey Logano’s ‘cheap shot’

FORT WORTH — Martin Truex Jr. didn’t deny his text to Joey Logano after he was spun out last weekend at Martinsville Speedway included profanity. 

“I wanted to get his point of view and what he was thinking,” Truex told reporters at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday. “What he thought about it. Now I know.”

That knowledge didn’t change how Truex feels about Logano nudging him out of the way just feet from the finish line at Martinsville. Like he did minutes after his third-place finish Sunday, Truex again dropped a “cheap shot” mention on Friday. 

There’s little chance Truex will seek retribution at Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN), where Ryan Blaney will start on the pole as Ford swept the top five qualifying slots.  Plus, Logano’s Martinsville win locked him into the Championship 4, so revenge here this weekend would be fairly hollow. 

Truex, who qualified 13th on Friday, is among the seven remaining drivers seeking to compete for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship at the season finale on Nov. 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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“I am not going to let what happened last week take my focus off of that,” Truex said. “I think it’s something that stays on the top of your mind — if you get in a certain situation where it would be wise to remember what happened. That’s there. I really haven’t thought past that. I know what’s on the line this weekend.”

Logano said he was in no hurry to contact Truex via text after his No. 22 Team Penske Ford bumper made contact with Truex’s No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota. 

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