Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Martin Truex Jr. wins at Richmond Raceway

Martin Truex Jr. wins at Richmond Raceway

With rain threatening, Cindric grabbed the lead on a restart with 25 laps to go, but Custer quickly regained the lead five laps later and pulled away. With about 40 to go, Bowyer almost caught him, but Truex never let him pass. Bowyer relinquished the second spot to Logano, but Truex expertly navigated lapped traffic and took his 20th career victory, the 17th in the past four seasons. I'm just really happy to get our first win with Gibbs. The last time an apparent race victor in NASCAR's top division was disqualified came on April 17, 1960, when Emanuel Zervakis' victory at Wilson (N.C.) Speedway was thrown out because of an oversized fuel tank on his No. 85 Chevrolet.

Logano held on for second.

Rounding out the top five were Bowyer's teammate Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing. Also, he has a 27-point lead over Denny Hamlin and two wins in the driver standings. The race returned to green on Lap 112.

When they all had new tires and enough fuel to finish, Truex was back in front, followed by Bowyer, Logano, Harvick and Hamlin.

Busch, who had led 103 laps, worked his way back up to 15th place by the end of second stage.

John and Brittany Force topped qualifying Saturday in the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals at Houston Raceway, the first time a father-daughter duo has swept the nitro categories.

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On the restart on Lap 136, Truex led the way followed by Logano, Harvick, Bowyer and Kurt Busch. He has recorded only seven top 10 finishes there. "I mean, massively tight in traffic", he said. "We need to clean up some mistakes on our end".

John Force has a record 16 Funny Car season titles. "Good track for me, good adjustments, our pit crew was good". He had earned three victories and recorded an additional three top three finishes in these races, and he had only finished outside of the top six in one of them.

The defending race victor snagged the top starting spot for today's race as the qualifying session ended. He's already won twice this year, but his last victory at Richmond came in the fall of 2016. The Andretti Autosport driver scored victories in three of the four times he's started an IndyCar race out front. Each team made it through inspection on its second attempt. Graham Rahal was sixth for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

The vehicle owner was visibly upset when Dixon's rookie teammate Felix Rosenqvist crashed during the second round of qualifying. He's the first driver with more than one pole this season. Three weeks in a row I felt like we had a auto that could win the race and we haven't won.

Alexander escaped uninjured from a stunning crash in practice on Saturday.

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