JGR sweeps the podium in Richmond
Joe Gibbs Racing sweeps the podium in Richmond
Martin Truex Jr. led 109 (of 400) laps and drove to his second-consecutive race win and second-consecutive Richmond Raceway win Saturday evening.Martin Truex was strong early as he drove to the first stage win, but after pit stops, his teammate, Kyle Busch, took the top spot and drove to the win in the second stage. However, in the final 200 laps, Truex drove back to the point and was ahead when he got spun by a car that had just come off pit road with fresher tires. Truex was able to keep it off the wall, and only fell back to third after pitting.
“Luckily I didn't hit anything,” said Truex. “I just tried to keep it off the fence, tried to get spun around and get going, and we ended up – because we were pretty far up front, we got going in a pretty good spot and left pit road in a good position and then good adjustments at the end again.”
After starting third on the restart, Truex was able to get passed Denny Hamlin and then Kyle Busch to drive to the win. It’s the first time in Truex’s career that he has won back-to-back races. This is the 15th win of the season for Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing, and fourth-straight at Richmond Raceway,
“That’s never happened to me in my whole racing career,” said Truex. “Thanks to all the fans who came out tonight and thanks to everyone on this team, Bass Pro Shops, our Camry was really fast tonight. It takes a lot of people to make this happen. I felt pretty good coming into this race. We’ve had a lot of heartbreakers over the years in Richmond. To come here and sweep this year, it must have been meant to be. Thanks to all of our guys, Toyota, TRD, everybody who makes this happen, Auto Owners, all of our partners that let us do this, and everybody back at Joe Gibbs Racing building unbelievable racecars. Hopefully we can keep this up. We came here to get bonus points and we sure as hell did it.”
Teammates Busch and Hamlin helped Gibbs and Toyota complete their second top-three finish of the season, after the season opener in Daytona. The first round of the Playoffs close out next Sunday at the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway.