Truex leads Joe Gibbs Racing’s 1-2-3 finish in Richmond


Richmond, Virginia (AP) — Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch penalizes Saturday night at the NASCAR Cup Series race on the Richmond Raceway with about 50 laps remaining He was charged and took the lead.

This was Truex’s third win in the last five races at Richmond. When Bush was caught entering the pit road for speeding during a green flag pit stop, he took the lead, abandoned the big lead and retreated to 10th place.

Truex led JGR’s 1-2-3 finish — sixth in its history — Denny Hamlin finished second and Christopher Bell third.

Truex defeated pole sitter Hamlin at the start-finish line of the race and won despite being black flagged on the first lap.

“It was frustrating. I’m not going to lie, but I knew there were enough cars to overcome it,” Truex said of the penalty.

His car adopted red, white, and blue painting plans as part of an all-day compliment to honor the victims and heroes of the September 11th attack 20 years ago.

“Today is an important day in our history and we are all proud to win here. This car is great and many people appreciate it, but what is the day to win? Let’s do it, “Truex said with a victory. lane. “It reminds us of the privilege that it is an honor and that we can come here and do this.”

Hamlin reduced the 8-second deficit to 1.4 seconds, but he ran out of time.

“I needed a few more laps, and that’s all,” Hamlin said.

Bell has won the NASCAR Xfinity series three times in a 0.75 mile oval.

“Going to Richmond knew this was one of our better racetracks, so we had to take advantage of it and get all the points we could,” he said. Told.

A TrueX penalty pushed him behind the field, but he’s been cleverly fighting as he’s been on a track shorter than a mile at the start of his career since he finished an unwinning drought in 80 races. I’m back.

The victory was his fourth in the season and the 31st in his career.

Defending series champion Chase Elliott was fourth, and Joey Logano and point leader Kyle Larson started the race behind the field after two failed pre-race inspections. Larson finished in 6th place and clinched his spot in the second round of the playoffs starting next weekend and beyond.

Hamlin won both stages and led the most laps, as he did this spring. 207 laps in the spring and 197 laps in this race, but last weekend he couldn’t win another victory on a track about 20 miles away from where he grew up. ..

Pre-race tribute

Fans were given a small American flag as they entered the truck, were encouraged to stand and wave as fire trucks, and two police SUVs, all flashing lights, paced the paced vehicle on a pre-race parade lap. Leaded.

When the compliment was unfolded, it erupted at the “USA! USA!” Stand.

Point race

Hamlin cut Larson’s lead from 34 to 24 by 10 points, and Truex returned another 14 points. Only three people clinched the round 12 berth.

“It’s great to be able to do this and go to Bristol next week without any worries,” Truex said.

Playoff issues

The playoff experience of William Byron and Michael McDonald has been unsuccessful.

Byron finished 34th in Darlington and 19th in Richmond last week. McDowell finished 37th last week (last week), with three speeding penalties and 29th in Richmond. The third penalty occurred when he was offering the second service.

Byron is 15th and 116th, and McDowell is 136th.

next

The series concludes the opening round of the playoffs and narrows the championship field from 16 to 12 in the annual Saturday night race over the Bristol Motor Speedway Highbank.

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