(MRN) Martin Truex Jr. scored his first career short-track win on Saturday night when he took the checkered flag in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.
Truex came into the night having combined to lead 675 laps at Richmond with no victory to show for it. Tonight he led 186 laps and held off charges by Joey Logano and Clint Bowyer to score his first win at the 0.75-mile track and the 20th of his career.
“Really excited to win here at Richmond,” Truex Jr. said. “I’ve always loved coming here and a short track win, everybody kept asking when it was going to happen. Tonight we didn’t have the best car, but we’ve lost a lot with the best one.
“We’re just really excited. Everybody at JGR is doing a great job, just a blessing to drive these cars and have a great team.”
Logano put on a furious charge in the final two laps to get around Logano but could not and ended up second.
“Just not close enough, ran out of time there,” Logano said. “I figured something out with about 10 laps to go to make up some speed and got a decent run off of 2 on the last lap and thought I could maybe get to the outside.
“When you’re frustrated with second, that’s a good sign of where your team is.”
Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five.
Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard completed the first 10 finishers.
Kyle Busch and Logano won the night’s first two stages.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series takes the Easter weekend off before returning to action on Sunday, April 28th at Talladega Superspeedway.
Top 10 race finishers
|1||5||19||Martin Truex Jr||Toyota||400||57||Running||186|
|Rank||Driver||Wins||Top 5s||Top 10s||Poles||Laps Led||Points||-Leader||Playoff Points|
|6||Martin Truex Jr.||1||3||6||0||200||311||-89||5|