Truex Jr. Ends Drought, Claims First Win at Phoenix Raceway
Martin Truex Jr. ended a drought of twenty-nine races to win at Phoenix Raceway. This is the first time Truex has claimed the checkered flag at Phoenix. Truex Jr. is also the fifth different winner in the first five races of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. The No. 19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry looked unbeatable towards the end of the Instacart 500 Sunday.
“I can’t really believe it, I’m kind of speechless. This feels pretty amazing, you know? Phoenix has been a tough one for us and to come here and win this, I wish it was November, but hopefully we can come back here in November and have a shot at being in the Championship Four,” Truex stated at the end of the race.
Finishing in second was Penske Racing driver Joey Logano. Logano led a race high 143 laps, but was defeated by Truex Jr. after a late race restart. Truex Jr’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin finished in third, while Brad Keselowski finished in fourth. Defending Cup Series Champion Chase Elliott finished in fifth after claiming the checkered flag in November at Phoenix to win his first title. Kevin Harvick finished in sixth position, while last week’s winner Kyle Larson finished in seventh. William Byron, Christopher Bell and Ryan Blaney completed the top ten.
Penske Racing teammates Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano swept the stage wins, as Blaney won the first stage while Logano won the second. The race itself was slowed for seven caution periods during the race, while nine drivers led the Instacart 500 Sunday.
What’s Next for the NASCAR Cup Series?
The next round of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season will take place at the Atlanta Motor Speedway next Sunday, March 21st. Fans can catch all the action at 3 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
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