DARLINGTON, SC - SEPTEMBER 01: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Caramel Toyota, speaks with Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 BassProShops/TrackerBoats40thAnv Toyota, in the garage area during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 1, 2017 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Cup series championship contender gets bad news at Talladega practice

Take a seat, Martin Truex Jr.

The points leader in the Cup series playoff, and favorite to take the championship, had to give up 45 minutes of practice time today because his car failed the prerace tech at Dover and Charlotte.  A.J. Allmendinger also had a 45 minutes practice hold, Bob Pockrass of ESPN reported in a tweet.

Practice holds are always an issue because it takes away time for drivers to get used to the track.

Pockrass also ran down the rest of the practice holds.