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Monster Win for Truex Jr.


ByPete Pistone | @PPistoneMay 6, 2019 at 3:18 PM
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Martin Truex Jr. came from the rear of the field to lead 132 laps and win Monday’s Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Truex won for the third time at Dover and the second time on a Monday after rain postponed the race. The last time Truex won on Monday was in 2007 when he scored his first of 21 career wins.

“Man, it feels incredible,” Truex Jr. said. “I’m so thankful for this team. What a race car we had today,” Truex said after the race. “We have one hell of a team. We came here with a new set-up this time because we kind of had an older set-up than had worked good for several years but it was’t good enough.

“Thanks to all these fans that came out today, on a Monday. It’s just awesome.”

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Truex Jr. had to start from the rear of the field after his car failed pre-race inspection twice on Sunday.

“I promise it wasn’t easy. It was a lot of work, it was tough,” Truex Jr. said after driving the SiriusXM Toyota to the checkered flag. “But this racecar, man, it was incredible.”

Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five.

“I’m worn out, this stuff is the hardest race of the year,” said Bowman after his second straight second-place finish. “We at least had a shot at it, that’s really all you can ask for.” (Read More)

Erik Jones, Joey Logano, William Byron, Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch completed the first 10 finishers.

See Also: Rules Package Frustrates Busch

Logano and Truex Jr. won the opening two stages. Stage Points

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series now heads to Kansas Speedway this Saturday night.

How Truex Jr. Won: He had the lead after winning the day’s second stage but it wasn’t before a cycle of green flag pit stops that Truex Jr. was able to get back to the lead and stay there. He led the final 53 laps and won by 9.5 seconds.

Who Had a Good Day: Bowman also had to start from the rear after his car failed inspection Sunday twice but was able to tie his career best finish he set last week at Talladega…Larson scored his first top five finish of 2019 and his eighth top-10 finish at Dover, his most of all tracks (Read More)…Elliott recorded his sixth top-five finish at Dover, two times more than any other track. He also led 145 laps, his most ever in a race.

Who Had a Bad Day: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s day got off to a rough start when he cut a right front tire and slammed the first turn wall…Denny Hamlin had a cut tire late and spun out in Turn 2 on Lap 266.

What Else Happened: Blue skies and sunshine greeted the day after Sunday’s rain out and the changing track conditions threw a curveball at some teams in terms of handling. As predicted, passing was at a premium and track position important but as rubber laid down on the racing surface it did afford some drivers the opportunity to try different lines around the track. The battle for the second stage checkered flag ultimately won by Truex Jr. provided some of the most exciting racing of the day.

Quotable: “Son of a gun, that hurt,” Stenhouse Jr. after slamming the wall when he cut a tire.

Notables: The last time two drivers finished 1-2 after starting in the rear was Talladega in October of 2014 with Brad Keselowski in first and Matt Kenseth in second…Kyle Busch has finished in the top 10 of every race this season tying Morgan Shepherd for the most top-10 finishes to start a season.
 


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ByPete Pistone | @PPistoneMay 6, 2019 at 4:39 PM
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Martin Truex Jr. likes Mondays at Dover and Chevy’s back.

Those were the two main stories to take away from Monday’s rain-delayed Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway.

Truex Jr. replicated his Monday win of 2007 when he scored the win again this time around. He did it coming from the rear of the field after his car failed pre-race inspection twice on Sunday. Given how difficult most drivers felt it was to pass given the higher speeds and other by-products of the new rules package, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s second win of the season was an impressive feat.

Impressive also describes the overall day for Chevrolet, which after getting its first win with Chase Elliott in a teamwork orchestrated day at Talladega last week, came to Dover looking to keep things rolling. Mission accomplished.

Although a Toyota was in Victory Lane, Chevy drivers took up four spots inside the top 10. Alex Bowman was the most successful finishing second again after his Talladega runner-up effort behind Elliott at ‘Dega. But Kyle Larson finally had a good day in third, Elliott led 145 laps to finish fifth and William Byron turned his front row starting spot into an eighth-place performance.

Some drivers voiced their concerns about the new rules package, the most vocal being Kyle Busch, which has been a common thread throughout the season. But there were times, particularly at the end of the second stage, when good and entertaining racing were on display.

See Also: Rules Package Frustrates Busch

In a season still looking to add more memorable moments like last week in Talladega, Monday’s race in Dover was about what most of the year has been – a mixed bag with a number of interesting stories.

On to Kansas.

  • Dover has had a series of challenges in the last several years in both the weather and scheduling departments. Sunday’s rain and mist was the latest example of the track’s misfortune with Mother Nature. Dover has also dealt with date shifts for its two NASCAR weekends and it will happen again next year when the second visit moves from the fall to August. Building equity in race dates is something track operators benefit from but Dover officials will have to start a new tradition in 2019 with a late summer date to go with the annual spring weekend. Here’s hoping it’s a success.
  • Rain delays are brutal for everyone. It was no different Sunday when rain interrupted the whole day and finally forced NASCAR to postpone the race until Monday. But rather than sit in his motorhome, watch television or a movie, sleep, eat and complain about the weather, Joey Logano took advantage of the opportunity to mingle with the fans. The reigning Cup champ made his way to the frontstretch grandstands and signed autographs, took selfies and just hung out with hundreds of fans. In an era where some who follow the sport believe there’s still a disconnect between many of the competitors and the fans, kudos to Logano for turning what was really a simple gesture into a public relations homerun.
  • Johnny Sauter’s Gander Outdoors Truck Series win brought much satisfaction to the veteran driver. Sauter was uncourteously launched from GMS Racing just before the season began with sponsor issues given as the reason for his release. The prototypical old school driver, Sauter said at the time he was not someone that would “pay to race,” a reference to the current trend of drivers landing rides due in no small part to bringing money to the table. The turn of events saw Sauter reunited with ThorSport Racing, where he thrived prior to his tenure at GMS Racing, and Friday the story went full circle with a return to Victory Lane. As Sauter would say, “God Bless America.”
  • Legalized sports gambling remains in its infancy. However as more states come on board with the idea, the larger it will become. NASCAR continues to be one of the most aggressive professional sports leagues in the category and this weekend’s announcement that the sanctioning body has partnered with Genius Sports is another sign. The deal calls for real-time stats and other analytics to be shared with a variety of sportsbooks through the Genius Sports affiliation. What it will mean down the line is more potential fan engagement both before and during races, which would be a boon to generate added interest and exposure. As of now there isn’t a great deal of money bet on NASCAR races but the industry believes there is tremendous growth potential in the not too distant future.
The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Motor Racing Network.
 

LUG NUTS RACING

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As for switching the 19 for the 9------In most leagues,the difference in points was 1 point. ------but congrats on making the best choice!
Thanks, Ank. Take another look at that combo though. In a default points league, if you had the 9 & 19 and started the 9 you got 109 points. If you had the 9 & 19 and started the 19 you got 120 points. Kinda like the difference between Perfecta Box or Perfecta Straight. ;)
 

dandr

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Thanks, Ank. Take another look at that combo though. In a default points league, if you had the 9 & 19 and started the 9 you got 109 points. If you had the 9 & 19 and started the 19 you got 120 points. Kinda like the difference between Perfecta Box or Perfecta Straight. ;)
Not sure where you're getting 120. Unless you are adding on the 10 Q points for Elliott into your Truex totals ???
 

Marlar

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I'm not concerned with saving my A starts except for the maybe the 18. With Tombo's help, I'll know which tracks he's more favored to win. The 2, 4, 19, 22, and fill in with the 9, later the 42, got plenty of plays.

If I think they're going to win, stage points... the car to beat, they're in.

Like beervo2, I'm setting the 4 on the back burner until I see him have the car to beat, figuring he'll get there.

Luck's going to play a part in avoiding that A driver top 5 turning in to a "I hit the wall" and Thats Gonna Leave a Mark".
 

tombo

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I'm not concerned with saving my A starts except for the maybe the 18. With Tombo's help, I'll know which tracks he's more favored to win. The 2, 4, 19, 22, and fill in with the 9, later the 42, got plenty of plays.

If I think they're going to win, stage points... the car to beat, they're in.

Like beervo2, I'm setting the 4 on the back burner until I see him have the car to beat, figuring he'll get there.

Luck's going to play a part in avoiding that A driver top 5 turning in to a "I hit the wall" and Thats Gonna Leave a Mark".
My advice on kyle is dont use him at high hp tracks.he just bounces off the walls too much and will blow motors.
He proved another one of my theories this week.i love it when he himself shows the world how right i am.
"racecars too fast" stupidest quote in racecar history..
 

tombo

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I was reading comments from around the internet and i see alot of people questioning whether or not truex should keep his win.
I agree.he was sent to the rear and still had a rocket to pass 32 fords and chevys and the other 4 toyotas.even kyles toyota was fast after hitting the wall.
And they wonder why fans are running away.
Nascar has manipulated itself to help one driver in a certain make of car and suddenly we have another "champion" winning alot of races and was a bit of a no show in all other rides prior to his toyota ride couple years ago.
More and more fans are seeing what im seeing and are giving up on the sport.feels good to know millions agree with me
 

IMelt424

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I see your point, IM but, that was only the 2nd time I used Truex so I don't know what saving him would have done better for me than using him when he won a race. Not a wasted start as I see it.
Not saying 19 was a wasted start. I had him on bench and used the 9 due to 19 starting in the back. Just saying I was happy to only loose 11 points with a 19 still in my pocket:).
 

tombo

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LOL, I'm not the one who is constantly complaining, you are a nonstop whine, bro. It's people like you who are killing the sport by a thousand cuts. The negative comments over the last decade plus by fans like you are taking a toll, face it, they sure don't inspire young fans to watch.
No its fanslike me keeping this sinking ship from going under.if the rest of the fans like me stop the sport will die.
Fans like me have watched and are sick of nascars manipulated make the rules up as we go and see fit still stick around.tons of fans have noticed what i have noticed and lots of them quit watching and going.
The young ones dont want nothing to do with nascar because it involves work and knowledge both something that most dont have so why most young people go for your stick and ball sports that can be done in your back yard with little to no money,smarts, and work.
You better thank fans like me that stick with it no matter what because once we are gone so is the sport.....
 

tombo

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Are you the kind of guy who writes "FACT" after his opinion and believes that makes it a fact? I'm not sure how you've come to the conclusion that you're helping the sport, but I do think that you actually believe it. Either way, if NASCAR goes down (I don't believe it will, maybe a restructuring) or lives on it will be a win win for me. If it goes down, I'll be experiencing schadenfreude due to crying fans like yourself or if it lives on, I'll be watching to my further enjoyment.

I can't help to think this comes down to Kyle Busch hurting your feelings somewhere down the line and your inability to get over it.
I dont give my opinion.i give the facts.its a fact the 2015 season happened the way it did,not my opinion.its a fact.
And its a fact that some fans are either naive or just stupid to whats been going on the last 10 years..
 

Juneau4

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I dont give my opinion.i give the facts.its a fact the 2015 season happened the way it did,not my opinion.its a fact.
And its a fact that some fans are either naive or just stupid to whats been going on the last 10 years..
When JJ won how many Championships in a row is a fact also--Makes you wonder in the same mode as what you're saying. :unsure::coffee:
 

tombo

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When JJ won how many Championships in a row is a fact also--Makes you wonder in the same mode as what you're saying. :unsure::coffee:
It very well could been but jj never and still doesnt get the kind of talk about being the greatest of all time like they have with kyle and kyle has won a little over half the races and a 7th of the championships that jj has.so why try to push someone who hasnt suceeded but a fraction of what another driver has done in his same time as the greatest especially years before he achieved the fraction of what jj has?
 

Juneau4

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When JJ was winning it was said all the time, now that he is getting into his twilight years and not being a consistent winner he is just put in the past. The only one really pushing KB as the greatest has been DW. (IMOP)
With todays rules he is the most consistent of the current drivers.
5 time, 5 time --the greatest 7 time-heard it all the time.:)