CP MOTORSPORTS - TRUEX JR. SEALS THE DEAL IN DOVER
Martin Truex Jr. and rain at Dover are a perfect match, nearly twelve years after his first career NASCAR Monster Energy Cup series win when rain delayed the race to Monday, Truex does it again to pick up his Twenty-first victory at the Gander RV 400.
Chase Elliot won the pole for the rain delayed race and brought the field to the green on Monday afternoon. Chase continued to lead the race through the competition caution eventually getting passed late into the stage by Joey Logano and William Byron taking two tires after Ricky Stenhouse Jr lost a tire and hit the wall.
With five laps to go in the stage Quin Houff lost a tire making it a one lap dash to the end. Logano got a good start to put him ahead and pick up his fifth stage win of the season with teammate Brad Keselowski finishing second.
Keselowski took the lead after Logano pitted at the beginning of stage two. Hard charging Alex Bowman passed Keselowski on lap 223 to get the lead and kept it until the last lap of the stage when he got loose and near the wall letting Truex pass him and getting the stage victory.
Truex led the field into the beginning of the last stage and starts to pull away. Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, who went on to tie Morgan Shepherd with the most top 10s to start off a season with his 10th place finish, begun to have tires issues after brushes with the wall leading to an eventual caution after Hamlin couldn’t get to pit road and spun as a result.
After what would be the last caution of the race, Truex got to the lead and held on to it for the rest of the race accomplishing a very strong victory over Alex Bowman, giving him two second places finishes in a row, with a nearly ten second lead.