Monday is certainly a good day to hold a NASCAR race, especially if your name is Martin Truex Jr.
Truex conquered the “Monster Mile” Monday as rain forced the postponement of the race. What made his win even more impressive is that Truex had to start from the rear of the field on Monday, with his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry serving not one, but two pre-race inspection penalties. With the win, his second of the 2019 season, Truex vaults to fifth in the drivers standings. Truex also claimed the first win of his cup career 12 years ago at Dover, a track where he has now won three times.
“Man, it feels incredible. I’m so thankful for this team. What a race car we had today. We have one hell of a team. We came here with a new setup this time because we kind of had an older setup that we won with in 2016, and we’d been good, but not good enough. Thanks to all these fans that came out today, on a Monday. It’s just awesome,” said Truex after his win on Monday.
Chase Elliott, who won the pole for the race, led a race high 146 laps, with Truex close behind with 132 laps led. Truex also led the last 53 laps on his way to victory over second place finishing Alex Bowman. Kyle Larson finished in third position, claiming his first top five of the season for a driver all fans are used to watching run up front and score victories. Kevin Harvick and Erik Jones finished in fourth and fifth, rounding out the top five.
Kyle Busch finished in tenth on Monday, inching him one more top ten finish closer to another record. If Busch finishes in the top ten next Sunday at Kansas, he will hold the record for the most top ten finishes to start a season currently being held by Busch and NASCAR veteran Morgan Shepherd.
The series now travels to Kansas Speedway next Saturday for the Digital Ally 400. Fans can watch the race live on Fox Sports 1 at 7:30pm EST.
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