MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Don’t talk to Martin Truex, Jr. about the Monday blues, especially when he’s climbing from his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in Victory Lane at Dover International Raceway.
Such was the case for the three-time NASCAR Champion after he raced from the back to the front of the field in the Gander RV 400 on Monday afternoon. After failing pre-race inspection twice on Sunday, and then Mother Nature claimed the original race day, he was forced to start tail in the 37-car field.
Problem? No problem for the three-time Dover winner who won his first, of 21 victories, Cup race at the one-mile concrete oval on a Monday.
“Using patience was our game plan,” Truex said. “We went back to a set up we used here in 2016 and it paid off. This was an awesome day. We had a great car and I can’t wait to get my hands on that golden Miles the Monster trophy.
“The track changed a lot and we got tight for a few runs. It was right at the end of the race when it mattered. If we had to race on a Monday again, I’d be pretty excited.”
The native of nearby Mayetta, N.J. led the final 52 laps and 132 overall. He took the lead for good from Alex Bowman on a caution restart to earn his second victory this season.
Bowman, for the second-consecutive week, finished in the runner-up spot with his No. 88 Chevrolet. Rounding out the top five were Kyle Larson, for his first top five of the year, Kevin Harvick and last week’s winner Chase Elliott.
Kyle Busch finished 10th tying Morgan Shephard’s record of 10-consecutive top-10 finishes. Kansas Speedway is next on the docket to see if Busch can make another entry into the NASCAR record books.
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