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NASCAR

Oct 6 - 2019

Solid Day for Toyota Drivers at Dover

October 06, 2019, Martin Truex Jr. came up one spot shy in his quest for the season sweep at Dover International Speedway.Solid Day for Toyota Drivers at Dover
Martin Truex Jr. came up one spot shy in his quest for the season sweep at Dover International Speedway. The New Jersey native led 15 laps throughout the 400-lap race, but ran out of time to track down the victory. Truex led four Toyotas inside the top-eight finishers.
October 06, 2019, Truex led four Toyotas inside the top-eight finishers.

“We got the lead there at the end of stage two. Got that stage win. On the pit stop, we had the issue and lost track position and then the whole third stage we were behind,” Truex said. “We were catching him at the end – we got close – but just unfortunate. We win and lose as a team. The guys will clean it up; I’m sure. It’s cool to come home second after that with how hard it was to pass.”

Teammate Denny Hamlin led 218 laps en-route to a fifth-place finish but had to battle lapped traffic. 
October 06, 2019, Teammate Denny Hamlin led 218 laps en-route to a fifth-place finish but had to battle lapped traffic.

“I thought the 22 (Joey Logano) was trying to stay on the lead lap, but they said he was 24 laps down and so he was kind of air blocking us and we lost the lead, and we lost that stage,” Hamlin described. “Then after that we lost control of the race and the track got tighter. There was no cautions to pick up the rubber. We just got tight. Once we lost control – lost the clean air – it was so difficult to pass. I needed to be up front with as tight as my car was, so I just lost the lead and backpedaled from there. Top-five, this track, I’ll take it every week.”

Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch and Matt DiBenedetto finished sixth and seventh respectively, while Erik Jones crossed the line in 15th at the Monster Mile. The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Talladega Superspeedway next Sunday.