Tweets from Truex: Unaware of situation, thankful for support

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NASCAR’s 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup field was available this morning at Chicago’s Navy Pier for a media advance. One of two notable absences was Martin Truex Jr., who had made the Chase initially Saturday night at Richmond but was kicked out as a result of penalties assessed to the Michael Waltrip Racing team.

While Waltrip and Truex’s teammate Clint Bowyer have made the media rounds in national television interviews (a recap of Bowyer’s, here), Truex had been silent regarding what happened until writing on Twitter last night.

A series of posts from his official feed (@MartinTruexJr56) reads as follows:

I just want to take a min to thank my fans, NAPA AUTO PARTS, Toyota, NASCAR, my fellow competitors, & MWR for their support. I was (con’t) Very excited for my team when I learned that we clinched a wild card spot Sat night in Richmond. I drove the hardest race of my life that… Night & was unaware of any other circumstances other than needing to finish as high as I could to have a chance. This has been a very.., Difficult situation for everyone involved. I hope we can all move on. Im looking forward to Chicago, seeing all my fans & getting back in… My #56 NAPA Toyota. Thank you for all the messages. They are much appreciated.

Younger brother Ryan Truex, who also competed Saturday night in the final race for Phoenix Racing under James Finch’s ownership, had this thought, also written on Twitter (@Ryan_Truex): “My tongue hurts from biting it so hard the past few days..”

Truex’s sponsor, NAPA, along with 5-Hour Energy, issued statements earlier this week expressing their concern regarding the team’s actions on Saturday night.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”