Truex Jr. Captures Charlotte Win

Martin Truex Jr.

"This time of year you want to be clicking on all cylinders and today we did. We just did everything right." (Photo: Getty Images)


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Martin Truex Jr. came from the 17th starting position to score his sixth win of the season in Sunday's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to advance to the Round of 8.
Truex Jr. had to endure an overtime finish to score his victory, the second of his career at Charlotte to go along with his 2016 Coca-Cola 600 triumph.
He led 91 laps and for the second straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff round, led off with a win. Truex Jr. also started the playoffs winning at Chicagoland Speedway.
“It was tough out there today,” Truex Jr. said. “The car was a handful. It was really hot. … The pit crew was flawless. Got us track position and we were able to keep it.
“This time of year you want to be clicking on all cylinders and today we did. We just did everything right.”
Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top five.
“You hate to finish second because it means you were close to first,” said Elliott after his fourth runner-up of the season. “But hopefully we’ll have our day soon." (Read More)
Daniel Suarez, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson completed the first 10 finishers.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Talladega Superspeedway next Sunday afternoon.
How Truex Jr. Won: He didn’t have a dominating car, at least early in the race. But Truex Jr. came from his 17th starting spot to move his way into the top-10 in relatively short order. Along with the help of great pit stops, he muscled into the lead late in the race and stayed there, prevailing in a couple of late race restarts and eventually in overtime outrunning Elliott and Hamlin to the checkered flag.
Who Had a Good Day: Harvick scored his 13th top-10 finish in the last 15 races at Charlotte (Read More)…Hamlin had his fifth top-five in the season’s last seven races…McMurray notched his seventh top-10 finish on a 1.5 mile track in 2017, tied for his most in a season (Read More)…Suarez had his best 1.5-mile finish of sixth.
Who Had a Bad Day: Kyle Busch came into the race after back-to-back wins at New Hampshire and Dover. But his hopes of winning three straight ended relatively early in the race when he made hard contact with the wall. Busch struggled the rest of the afternoon and made several more trips into the wall before finally limping to the finish line. Busch needed medical attention for dehydration and was overcome by fumes because of the car’s damage. He finally walked away under his own power (Read More)…Kyle Larson had a disastrous late pit stop when a tire changer fell down and lost more than 10 positions in the exchange…Ryan Newman made an early exit after he got clipped from behind by Clint Bowyer, who bounced off the wall. Newman hit both the outside and inside track walls before his damaged car came to rest…Danica Patrick had nowhere to go but into the side of David Ragan’s car when he spun off Turn 2 with heavy damage inflicted to both machines.
What Else Happened: Track conditions were a big challenge for teams with slick conditions that seemed to be a combination of the heavy rains the day before, cool and overcast conditions and the “Tire Dragon” machine used to put down rubber and create more grip. Several contenders had their hands full throughout the race. The weekend weather in the area also changed several teams’ strategies, some who planned for a potentially shortened race, and others who had car set-ups that needed major overhauls after practices were wiped out on Saturday.
Quotable: "Focus on driving that damn thing. We'll focus on fixing it," crew chief Adam Stevens in response to driver Kyle Busch’s complaints after hitting the wall.
Notable: Kyle Busch still remains winless in the Cup Series at Charlotte, the only track on the schedule where he has not scored a victory…Truex Jr.’s average finish on 1.5-mile tracks this season is 3.0…Blaney scored his first top 10 at Charlotte in six career starts...Suarez's No. 19 car had one non-secured lug nut on the right rear.


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