Truex Gets Win No. 3 At Talladega

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TALLADEGA, Ala. - It's only fitting that on Dale Earnhardt Day, a car painted just like the "Man in Black’s" legendary No. 3 would pull into Victory Lane at Talladega Superspeedway.

Martin Truex, Jr. accomplished that on Saturday by scoring his third straight NASCAR Busch Series victory at the 2.66-mile superspeedway with a win in the Aaron's 312.

"Putting these colors into Victory Lane is special for this race team and for all the race fans up in the stands," said Truex, Jr. as he crawled out of his black No. 8 Chevy.

Polesitter J.J. Yeley's late race crash brought out the day's fourth and final caution to set-up a three-lap shootout to the finish.

Truex, Jr. was able to hold off Busch Series point leader Kevin Harvick at the finish line to take this third Busch Series win in as many career Talladega starts.

The two-time series champion picked up the win in his first Busch start of the season.

Kyle Busch, who led five times for 25 laps, finished third.

"It was a good race today and I felt like we were competitive through much of the event, if not all of the event, especially when the 57 (Brian Vickers) was behind us or in front of us, we seemed to be able to run with each other well today," Busch said.

Vickers and Clint Bowyer followed the top three across the finish line with Greg Biffle, Mark McFarland, Johnny Sauter, Paul Menard and Carl Edwards completing the first ten finishers.

The biggest accident of the day came on lap 66 when Tony Stewart was clipped in the left rear bumper by Kenny Wallace as the field raced through the tri-oval. Stewart's car slid backwards before flipping and was then hit by Danny O'Quinn.

"That was pretty easy, I even had plenty of time to talk to them while we were sliding upside down," said Stewart, who led 25 laps. "It wasn't bad, just tore up the car up pretty bad. It was totally my fault, I'll take 100 percent responsibility. I think I clipped the 22 car when I came down, it wasn't anybody's fault but mine. I was the one that caused that one."

Neither Stewart nor O'Quinn was injured in the scary looking incident.

Harvick's lead in the standings is now 299 over Bowyer with Edwards, Hamlin and Yeley rounding out the top five.

The Busch Series now heads to Richmond International Raceway for next Friday night's Circuit City 250.

        

Race Center

Lilly Diabetes 250

@ Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Radio Start:
IMS Network
TV Start:
ESPN, 4 p.m. (ET)

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