Truex Grabs Second Victory of NASCAR Season

May 17, 2017

After coming up short following a mechanical mishap last year, Martin Truex Jr. finally ended what seemed to be a curse at Kansas Speedway on May 13, making it to Victory Lane by winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling 400.

Truex led a race-high 104 of the 267 laps to win for the ninth time in his career and the second time this season. During three past races in Kansas City, Truex led the most laps but didn’t win. But this time around, he utilized successive restarts toward the end of the race, which produced 15 cautions, to get out in front of polesitter Ryan Blaney.

On the final restart with two laps to go, Truex, running from the inside, raced out to the front of the pack and sped away to win by a couple of seconds ahead of Brad Keselowski, who rallied from two laps down to place second in front of Kevin Harvick, Blaney and Kyle Busch.

“It feels great,” Truex said during a post-race interview. “It’s definitely been a thorn in our side. You know, for years and years, even before I was with this team (Furniture Row), for whatever reason we always ran good here and never could close the deal. We’ve got a lot of fans here today. I met a bunch of them before the race, and hopefully they’re all psyched.”

On March 12, Truex led 150 of the 267 laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to win the Kobalt 400. Heading into this weekend’s Monster Energy Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway, he sits in the second position in the driver standings, 44 points behind leader Kyle Larson. —D.B.

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