Toyota flexed their muscle by sweeping the top-four starting spots in Friday’s qualifying session.
Martin Truex Jr. was a close second behind Busch, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Daniel Suarez and Matt Kenseth.
Starting up front is crucial in order to earn those all-imporant playoff points for winning stages and races.
Truex talked about just how much it’s been on the minds of those on his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team.
“Last weekend, we lost an opportunity to possibly get another stage win just by losing I think three spots on pit road with five or six laps to go in one of those stages, so it’s – everybody is pushing hard to get them and they’re going to be really important,” Truex said Friday. “We were actually talking about them today in the hauler – how important they’re going to be come playoff time and the guys that don’t have them are going to be scratching their heads saying, ‘Why didn’t we get more of these playoff points throughout the season.’
“It’s going to be big,” he added. “We’re just happy we’ve been able to collect a bunch of them so far.”
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