GETTIN’ THERE: The No. 19 of Martin Truex Jr. zips together the track at Martinsville Speedway, where by he in the long run took the guide on lap 485 of the Blue-Emu Utmost Agony Relief 500 on April 11. (Supplied Picture)
As opposed to the race in Bristol, when he led the most laps on the dust, Martin Truex Jr. returned to the asphalt of Martinsville Speedway on April 11 and did not repeat that general performance. In actuality, he led only 20 of the 500.
However, with a late surge for the duration of the closing 15 laps, the Stafford Township native led when it counted and captured the checkered flag at the NASCAR Cup Collection Blue-Emu Most Discomfort Relief 500.
Truex handed Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin on Lap 485 of Sunday’s rain-delayed race and later on pulled away for the acquire as Hamlin tried out to fend off Chase Elliott with a handful of laps to go. The acquire was Truex’s 29th profession victory and the 3rd time in his last four starts at the 50 percent-mile limited monitor.
“I can not think we received in this article once more, right after not acquiring the dominant vehicle nowadays, for positive,” Truex claimed quickly soon after exiting the No. 19 Toyota on Victory Lane. “It was a lot of exciting there at the conclusion racing with Denny. We try out to race really hard, race clean. He was making it hard on me.”
Truex, who led for the very first time when he conquer Hamlin out of the pits on Lap 455, surrendered the leading location to Hamlin’s limited-operate speed just after a restart on Lap 459. Truex finally caught Hamlin with 15 laps to go.
“It was intriguing how it all played out,” Truex stated during the write-up-race press meeting. “I could not quite hold off the No. 11 on that restart. But I just tried to stay with him and just take treatment of my automobile. I knew there had been ample laps left that the tire have on for the lengthy operate was heading to occur into engage in. He began acquiring limited, and my auto was obtaining greater and better, and we ended up in a position to choose advantage of it. I knew if I was client, I’d be in a position to full the move.”
Truex finished 1.972 seconds ahead of Elliott, who handed Hamlin for the second location on lap 495. Hamlin held on for third to report his seventh best-5 complete in 8 starts off this period. The victory was Truex’s 2nd of the season after registering just one earn previous year.
“I truly feel really very good about our workforce,” Truex said. “Our autos are sturdy. (Crew Chief) James (Modest) was the new piece very last calendar year, but he’s accomplished a great job. We have acquired all the instruments essential and alternatives to gain a large amount of races, and ideally we can choose advantage of it this calendar year more than we did very last calendar year.” —D.B.