Martin Truex Jr. proved at Richmond that he can win on the short track too
It takes 81 attempts for Martin Truex Jr. at short tracks to score a victory in the NASCAR Cup Series and he finally did that this weekend at Richmond Raceway’s Toyota Owners 400 race.
After 400 laps at the 0.75-mile circuit, of which he led for 186 laps, Truex brought his #19 Toyota Camry to the first victory with Joe Gibbs Racing and his 20th Cup Series win in a career. He gave the third straight victory to the team in NASCAR’s premium series and sixth in nine races this season.
On the finish line, Truex defeated reigning champion Joey Logano in the #22 Team Penske Ford Mustang by 0.178 seconds. Two Stewart-Haas Racing’s Fords followed at P3 and P4, driven by Clint Bowyer and pole-sitter Kevin Harvick.
Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard completed the top 10. Kyle Busch led 101 laps—second only to Truex’s 186—but a speeding penalty under caution on Lap 131 sent him back to 26th.
The next Cup Series race is the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, scheduled for April 28.