Truex Takes Monster Win
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on October 2, 2016 | 5:20 P.M. EST
Martin Truex Jr. took home the checkered flag in Sunday's Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover, his fourth win of 2016. (Photo: Getty Images)
Martin Truex Jr. dominated to score his fourth victory of the season and second in the Chase with a win Sunday in the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway.Truex Jr. led 187 of the 400 laps to notch his second career Dover win and moves on to the next round of the Chase after winning two of the three races in round one.
“We are here to get it done and golly I’m telling you just the best bunch of guys you could ever ask for,” Truex Jr. said. “It’s just amazing to drive their race cars and do what we were able to do. I’m just ecstatic.”
There were just six cars on the lead lead at the finish.
The win was especially sweet for New Jersey native Truex Jr., who considers Dover his home track.
“All in all, this is a dream come true,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of friends here, a lot of family here.”
Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five.
Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon completed the first ten finishers.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway next Saturday night, October 8th.
How Truex Jr. Won: He took the lead for good after a final round of pit stops on lap 374, but Truex Jr. had the race in command well before that scenario. Truex Jr. was well over seven seconds ahead of Kyle Busch at the checkered flag.
Who Had a Good Day: Outside of Truex Jr. it had to be the other eleven drivers that will move on to the second round of the Chase; Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Austin Dillon.
Who Had a Bad Day: Chip Ganassi Racing had a devastating day. Kyle Larson came into the weekend inside the Chase cut-off but had troubles early, first with a battery problem that was compounded by a penalty for too many men over the wall. Larson finally saw his day take a terrible turn when he cut a tire and hit the wall just before halfway. His teammate Jamie McMurray suffered engine woes in the first half of the race and finally had his day go up in smoke on lap 194…Johnson had a fast car but a pit road penalty ended his hopes of winning. The 48 team was penalized for having a man over the wall too soon on a trip to pit road on lap 280 and despite leading 90 laps, he was taken out of contention…In addition to the Ganassi drivers Tony Stewart and Chris Buescher also missed out on advancing in the Chase.
What Else Happened: Not much. The combination of Truex Jr.’s dominance and the Chase drama ending when Larson and McMurray bowed out left little to be determined. Truex Jr. had the field covered and the battle for the transfer spots in the playoffs were determined early on so it’s off to Charlotte to kick off the second round of the Chase.
Quotable: “It’s unfortunate that both No. 42 and the No. 1 had problems today but it is what it is. That is why we race.” - Jamie McMurray
Quotable: Truex Jr. has led more laps in his last six races than in each of his prior seasons heading into 2016….The final 202 laps were green, the longest streak at Dover in 38 races….Elliott has finished third in two career Dover Sprint Cup Series starts.
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