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Engine problems end Martin Truex Jr.'s day at Pocono

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race Pocono 400 - Day 1 Practice

LONG POND, PENNSYLVANIA - MAY 31: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, practices for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on May 31, 2019 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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Martin Truex Jr., winner of three of the last five Cup races, exited Sunday’s Pocono 400 with engine problems with less than 10 laps left in the second stage.

“Coming off the tunnel turn (Turn 2) it kind of sputtered a little bit and I thought for a minute maybe it was running out of gas,” Truex told FS1. “I could see the smoke trail. ... It self-destructed pretty quick. As it went down pit road, I pretty much knew our day was done.”

It is the first DNF for Truex this year since he crashed in the Daytona 500. He is the defending winner of the Pocono 400. Truex finished ninth in Stage 1.