Sunday, May 19, 2024

Martin Truex Jr. snaps winless streak at Dover

NASCAR’s Dover Motor Speedway weekend was a family affair for the Truexs in their national series home track. Two days after Ryan Truex won the Xfinity Series event for his first NASCAR-sanctioned triumph since 2010, older brother Martin Truex Jr. snapped a 598-day Cup Series winless streak.

The older Truex, whose last victory came at Richmond in 2021, held off a dramatic charge from Ross Chastain on the final restart with seven laps to go for his third win at Dover. Interestingly, all three victories took place on a Monday due to rain forcing postponements.

Martin and Ryan are the sixth brothers to sweep a NASCAR national series weekend, joining Jeff and Ward Burton (2001 Darlington), Kurt and Kyle Busch (achieved six times), Mike and Rusty Wallace (thrice), and Darrell and Michael Waltrip (1992 Darlington). Unlike the aforementioned, the Truexs did so for the same team (Joe Gibbs Racing) and in the same manufacturer and number (#19 Toyota).

“It’s very special,” said Martin. “Happy my dad was here for that. Just really cool.

“Ryan has been through a lot. He’s really worked hard, and he’s gotten beat down and knocked down a lot and been through some tough times that he’s had to kind of persevere through. I was just really happy for him.

“It’s not a long list of brothers that have swept a weekend in NASCAR racing history. To be on that list with some of the guys that have done it is really, really cool for both of us and our whole family.”

The final caution was set up by Joey Logano wrecking in turn four, ending a frustrating day for him in which his steering suffered damage and caused him to go laps down. It was one of four wrecks on the day, which included a pair of multi-car accidents with Chastain being responsible for one after contact with Kyle Larson and Brennan Poole. Both drivers called out Chastian for the crash, for which he eventually apologised.

While Chastain may have made himself more enemies as his driving style has drawn plenty of criticism from his peers, he is now the points leader with a three-point edge over Christopher Bell.

Race results

Finish Start Number Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status
1 17 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 Running
2 14 1 Ross Chastain Trackhouse Racing Team Chevrolet 400 Running
3 3 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 400 Running
4 8 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 Running
5 13 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 Running
6 2 20 Christopher Bell Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 Running
7 7 45 Tyler Reddick 23XI Racing Toyota 400 Running
8 4 6 Brad Keselowski RFK Racing Ford 400 Running
9 5 17 Chris Buescher RFK Racing Ford 400 Running
10 23 48 Josh Berry* Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 Running
11 10 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 Running
12 28 23 Bubba Wallace 23XI Racing Toyota 400 Running
13 24 54 Ty Gibbs Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 399 Running
14 27 7 Corey LaJoie Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 399 Running
15 9 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 399 Running
16 11 43 Erik Jones Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet 399 Running
17 30 41 Ryan Preece Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 399 Running
18 29 16 A.J. Allmendinger Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 399 Running
19 12 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 399 Running
20 31 21 Harrison Burton Wood Brothers Racing Ford 398 Running
21 1 8 Kyle Busch Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 397 Running
22 32 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 397 Running
23 25 31 Justin Haley Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 397 Running
24 19 10 Aric Almnirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 397 Running
25 35 38 Todd Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 396 Running
26 20 2 Austin Cindric Team Penske Ford 396 Running
27 36 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 395 Running
28 21 51 J.J. Yeley* Rick Ware Racing Ford 393 Running
29 22 78 B.J. McLeod Live Fast Motorsports Chevrolet 381 Running
30 6 14 Chase Briscoe Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 378 Running
31 26 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 375 Accident
32 18 5 Kyle Larson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 359 Running
33 34 15 Brennan Poole* RIck Ware Racing Ford 79 Accident
34 33 42 Noah Gragson Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet 43 DVP
35 15 99 Daniel Suárez Trackhouse Racing Team Chevrolet 35 Accident
36 16 77 Ty Dillon Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 34 Accident
Italics – Competing for Rookie of the Year
* – Ineligible for points