Originally posted on Speedway Digest - Home for NASCAR News  |  Last updated 7/2/14
When Martin Truex Jr. went to bed the night before the Daytona 500 in February he sincerely felt it was the best chance of his career to capture NASCAR’s biggest race.   “We had a fast superspeedway car,” said Truex, who qualified for the 500 on the outside pole.   But the optimism turned into a nightmare for the Furniture Row Racing driver, who was competing in his first Sprint Cup points race with the Denver-based Furniture Row Racing team.   On lap 30 of 200 a broken oil pump belt caused the engine to expire in Truex’s No. 78 Chevrolet. The early exit relegated him to a last place finish (43rd).   “No question, that really hurt,” stated Truex. “Going from the potential of winning the 500 to last place was a very humbling experience. But we’re coming back to Daytona with the same enthusiasm and optimism that we had going into the 500.”   Truex’s second chance of the season at the famed 2.5-mile tri-oval will take place Saturday night in the Coke Zero 400, the annual Sprint Cup race over
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