That means, of course, that Truex was second-fastest in Sunday's Daytona 500 time trials at 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway, second to Austin Dillon's No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.
Dillon won the pole for NASCAR's most prestigious Sprint Cup Series race, and he'll start from the front in Thursday's first Duel race. In this case, Truex is content to play second fiddle.
The Furniture Row Racing team that fields Truex's cars gets its engines and chassis from RCR. So, forget the notion of Truex trying to upstage the monumental story of the No. 3's triumphant return to Sprint Cup racing after a 13-year absence. After all, Truex wants to make sure he continues to get top-quality engines from RCR.
"Definitely glad I didn't knock the 3 off the pole,” Truex said with a smile. "That's all I'm going to say. We'll wait until July to get ours.”