Martin Truex Jr. had a frustrating night at Atlanta Motor Speedway Aug. 31.
After starting sixth—his best start since the season-opener in Daytona—Martin and the No. 78 Chevrolet battled handling issues and a late-race hit to finish 23rd at the Oral-B USA 500.
“I couldn’t drive off the corners,” Martin said. “But we hung in there, fighting for every possible position until Kyle (Busch), for whatever reason, ran into the back of me, causing pretty good damage to our car.”
Martin remains at 25th in the overall Sprint Cup standings, with 11 races to go this season.
“We weren’t great tonight, but we were better than 23rd,” Martin said.
With Martin decked out in the white-trimmed orange fire suit, the No. 78 car once again sported World Vision colors to support efforts to bring clean drinking water to a village in Zambia.
NASCAR fans can give $10 to provide one child with clean water for four years by texting WATER to 777444.