Martin Truex Jr. Swipes Lead on Restart, Captures First Win at Phoenix Raceway

GO GET IT: The No. 19 of Martin Truex Jr. streaks into the lead ahead of Joey Logano at Phoenix Raceway on March 14. (Provided Photograph)
Martin Truex Jr. lastly has tasted victory at Phoenix Raceway.
Soon after 30 career starts off in Phoenix, the Mayetta indigenous labored his way to the entrance pursuing an early brush with the wall, grabbed the lead from Joey Logano on the final restart of the Instacart 500 and blazed to victory by 1.698 seconds on March 14.
“This spot is really wild on restarts,” Truex mentioned for the duration of the article-race press convention through Zoom. “I just obtained a great soar and was equipped to keep aspect by facet finding to convert 1. He drove in deep, and I drove in further, and we both of those slid up the monitor. The good thing is, I drove in further than he did. In some cases, it is just your day and you feel like you just cannot do everything erroneous. These days it was not like that, but it all just played out proper.”
Truex’s No. 19 Toyota wanted some function as the race went on just after grazing the wall early, but chief James Small and the Joe Gibbs Racing crew managed to get the automobile in great plenty of condition to enable the 40-year-aged to make his way forward toward the leaders later on on.
“The operate proper right after that however wasn’t terrific,” Truex mentioned. “The next pit stop, with much more changes on the car, which is when it felt like we obtained something. But I didn’t know it was genuinely that fantastic right up until I received up to fifth and I could see the next few fellas up in entrance of me.”
VICTORY: Mayetta native Martin Truex Jr. celebrates his initial gain of the year and initially of his profession at Phoenix Raceway on March 14. (Equipped Photo)
Sooner or later, Truex was appropriate behind Logano, tough for the guide, which he swiped with 25 laps to go. Truex sped away from there, rising the gap to just above a second 12 laps later on. The acquire, which finished a 29-race winless skid, was Truex’s 28th of his job.
“This is a substantial strengthen to the assurance,” he claimed. “Last 12 months, we struggled here for some motive. It is in no way been our best track. It is often been just Alright, and I have hardly ever appear here with a warm, fuzzy experience that we’d genuinely be sturdy in this article. Now James and the fellas did a actually wonderful position with the car. Ideally we can use this momentum and proceed to do what we want to do.”
Truex led 64 of the 312 laps. Subsequent Logano were JGR teammate Denny Hamlin in third, Brad Keselowski in fourth and Chase Elliott in fifth. In his 30 career starts off at Phoenix prior to Sunday’s race, Truex’s maximum complete was second, which he attained twice.
“At the beginning of the race, I considered we were being heading to operate 15th or so,” he stated. “I just really can not imagine it. I’m kind of speechless. This feels pretty incredible. Phoenix has been a tough a person for us.”  —D.B.

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