Thursday, May 23, 2024

Martin Truex Jr. draws on Loudon in Crayon 301 domination

Monday Night Football and Monday Night RAW have nothing on Monday Afternoon Martin Truex Jr.

After winning a rain-delayed Dover race on Monday, 1 May, Truex repeated the feat on Monday, 17 July, at sister track New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He put on a masterclass by leading 254 of 301 laps to notch his first victory at a track regarded as one of his home circuits (though it was still a long drive from his hometown in New Jersey).

“I think it’s no secret that I’ve been after this one for a long time,” said Truex. “It’s always been one that I wanted so bad, and maybe I think too bad at times.

“But it was well worth the wait to be able to do it here today finally, take home the lobster and put another win at Loudon with the name Truex on it. Very special.”

Joe Gibbs Racing also dominated Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Loudon as John Hunter Nemechek won while he, Sammy Smith, and Joe Graf Jr. conbined to lead 163 of 200 laps. In total, along with Christopher Bell‘s single lap led on Monday, JGR drivers had 418 laps in first at Loudon of a possible 507.

Despite being the defending winner and pole winner, Bell spun with ten laps remaining. The same fate befell JGR alumni Kyle Busch, who had an abysmal weekend as he crashed in qualifying before being relegated to a last-place finish for yet another wreck at the end of Stage #1, and Aric Almirola, a former Loudon winner who had his best qualifying run before crashing on lap 170.

Race results

Finish Start Number Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status
1 2 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 301 Running
2 4 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 301 Running
3 15 5 Kyle Larson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 301 Running
4 13 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 301 Running
5 9 6 Brad Keselowski RFK Racing Ford 301 Running
6 6 45 Tyler Reddick 23XI Racing Toyota 301 Running
7 20 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 301 Running
8 8 23 Bubba Wallace 23XI Racing Toyota 301 Running
9 11 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 301 Running
10 27 14 Chase Briscoe Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 301 Running
11 30 43 Erik Jones Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet 301 Running
12 18 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 301 Running
13 17 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 301 Running
14 25 48 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 301 Running
15 26 17 Chris Buescher RFK Racing Ford 301 Running
16 12 99 Daniel Suárez Trackhouse Racing Team Chevrolet 301 Running
17 19 31 Justin Haley Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 301 Running
18 16 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 301 Running
19 14 16 A.J. Allmendinger Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 301 Running
20 28 21 Harrison Burton Wood Brothers Racing Ford 301 Running
21 23 38 Todd Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 301 Running
22 5 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 301 Running
23 31 1 Ross Chastain Trackhouse Racing Team Chevrolet 301 Running
24 7 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 301 Running
25 22 2 Austin Cindric Team Penske Ford 301 Running
26 35 77 Ty Dillon Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 301 Running
27 36 54 Ty Gibbs Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 301 Running
28 21 41 Ryan Preece Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 300 Running
29 1 20 Christopher Bell Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 299 Running
30 33 15 Ryan Newman Rick Ware Racing Ford 299 Running
31 32 78 B.J. McLeod Live Fast Motorsports Chevrolet 295 Running
32 29 42 Noah Gragson Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet 268 Accident
33 24 7 Corey LaJoie Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 176 Running
34 3 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 168 Accident
35 34 51 Cole Custer* Rick Ware Racing Ford 130 Accident
36 10 8 Kyle Busch Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 71 Accident
Italics – Competing for Rookie of the Year
* – Ineligible for points
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