Martin Truex Jr. rolls to Richmond win, advances in NASCAR Playoffs
Martin Truex Jr. acquired a penalty on the opening lap of the race for crossing The start/finish line in entrance of pole-sitter Denny Hamlin On the inexperienced flag. However 400 laps later Truex led The sector throughout The road as quickly as extra — this time As a Outcome of the race winner of Saturday Evening time‘s Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.
The convincing 1.317-second margin of victory over his Joe Gibbs Racing groupmates Hamlin and Chrisprimeher Bell marked Truex‘s third win Inside the final 5 races at Richmond, his 4th win of the 2021 season and, Most significantly, gave him that coveted automated bid into The subsequent spherical of the NASCAR Cup Collection Playoffs.
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Truex joins Hamlin, who gained final week‘s playoff opener at Darlington, South Carolina, and Common Season Champion Kyle Larson, who accomplished sixth on Saturday, as The one three drivers to have formally safed places Inside the Round of 12 that starts in two weeks at Las Vegas.
The very Very first factor Truex did after climbing out of his worthwhile No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was acknowledge the significance of the September 11 date to our nation and thank the followers for displaying their assist on the solemn anniversary and For his or her patriotic assist of The sport of NASCAR.
As for his early setback, “That was irritating, I‘m not going to lie,” Truex said of the race start. “However I knew we had a Okay automotive To beat it. Solely A Sort of Belongings you should Overlook and go race. Tons on The road toEvening time.
“However going to Bristol subsequent week With none worries is On A daily basis nice,” he added with a smile.
Associated: Martin Truex Jr. proud to win on September 11
Truex, who led An complete of 80 laps, took the lead for good — pacing The sector for The final 51 laps — after a series of inexperienced-flag pit sprimes Inside The final portion of the race. Simply earlier than the pit sequence, one other JGR groupmate, Kyle Busch, had placeed himself to be An factor On the checkered flag. Instead, Busch acquired his second pit road penalty of the Evening time — a dashing violation all by way of his inexperienced-flag sprime with 55 laps remaining. At the time, it dropped him to Tenth place, the final automotive on the lead lap after he had been out entrance for 39 laps just earlier than the pit-sprime commerce. He finally accomplished ninth.
Last week‘s winner Hamlin had the strong automotive early, main 100 of the opening 152 laps and a race-biggest 197 on the Evening time, worthwhile each levels. However the pit-road sequence, lapped visitors and an Awakened Truex pressured Hamlin to play catch-up In The Prolonged time period.
“The complete JGR group had quick automotives for all of us right now. I truly want we had gotten two in a row, but regardless nonetheless An excellent day for the group,” Hamlin said.
Associated: Denny Hamlin says it’s go time now
In distinction to final week‘s playoff opener at Darlington, when a quantity of of the 16 playoff automotives suffered setbacks and disappointing finishes, Saturday Evening time these automotives reminded why They’re in place to problem for a championship. 13 of The very biggest 15 automotives have been pushed by playoff drivers.
Reigning NASCAR Cup Collection champion Chase Elliott accomplished 4th in a Hfinishrick Chevrolet and Team Penske‘s Joey Logano was fifth in a Ford. Larson accomplished sixth, adopted by The one non-playoff driver Amongst The numerous prime 10, Ross Chastain.
Stewart-Haas Racing’s driver Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Team Penske‘s Ryan Blaney sphericaled out The very biggest 10.
Playoff drivers Alex Bowman, Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola and Tyler Reddick accomplished Twelfth-Fifteenth. William Byron (Nineteenth), Michael McDowell (Twenty eighth) and Kurt Busch (Thirty seventh) sphericaled out the playoff finishers.
Busch, who led laps early, suffered a tire drawback that despatched his No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet exhausting into the Flip 1 wall only 40 laps into the race.
“One factor occurred with that left rear, it let go,” said Busch, who was working Inside The very biggest 5 On the time of his accident. “It let go of our factors and it let go of our complete season proper now. I don‘t know what we‘re going to Want to do at Bristol Aside from win.”
Associated: Kurt Busch exits early
Regardless of the strong luck, Busch heads into Saturday Evening time‘s Round of 16 finale at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in a mathematical tie with Bowman for the Twelfth playoff place — and final change place.
Reddick (-5), Byron (-18), Daytona 500 winner McDowell (-38) are presently outdoors The very biggest 12, with 4 of the 16 automotives set to be eradicated from the playoffs after Bristol‘s Bass Professional Retailers Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
Harvick is the deffinishing winner of the Bristol playoff race. Joey Logano gained the 2021 race On the Bristol monitor‘s inaugural dust race in March. Kurt Busch has six earlier wins at Bristol and his youthful brother Kyle is the worthwhileest lively driver with eight victories.
Notice: Inspection Inside the NASCAR Cup Collection storage revealed no factors, thus validating Truex’s win. In submit-race inspection, the No. 77 Chevrolet was found to have two lug nuts not protected and safe, whereas the No. 19 Toyota had one lug nut not protected and safe.