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September 4, 2013

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — FRESH PLASTER: Martin Truex Jr. had a new cast applied to his broken right wrist after the one he had on last week appeared to melt in the late stages of Sunday night's race at Atlanta.

Despite the issues, Truex managed to finish third to stay in contention for a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. He heads into Saturday night's race at Richmond ranked 13th in the standings with one win on the season, good enough for the second wild card. Truex is only 15 points out of 10th, but believes his Michael Waltrip Racing team is far better than where they sit in the standings.

"To be honest, with the season we have had with all the ups and downs, I am so excited to still be in this thing," he said. "We have fought so hard this year and have overcome a lot to be in this position. It will be awesome and a huge deal for us if we can make it in again. This NAPA team is not a 12th- or 13th-place team. In my opinion, we are a top-five team. We want to get in and make up for the mistakes and mishaps we experienced earlier in the year to have a great ending to our season."

He doesn't expect any issues with his wrist at Richmond, either. He was injured in a wreck at Bristol two weeks ago.

"The cast did its job at Atlanta. It got a little soft in the palm area during the race but all and all, everything went fine," he said. "I've had it checked over again and had a new cast put on. We've made a few adjustments to this new cast and I expect it to be a whole lot better. Everything has gone well so far. I cannot complain. I mean to go to Atlanta and to have a shot at the win at the end, at that point, what pain I felt was gone."

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