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Martin Truex Jr. Wins Bank of America 500



Race 1 of the Round of 12 was unpredictable and action-packed, to say the least. After a long Bank of America 500, Martin Truex Jr. won his record 6th race of 2017. With this win, Truex is now locked into the Playoffs Round of 8.

Most of all, the day started with a threat of rain. Nobody knew if the entire race would get in, or if only the first 2 stages would be raced. There was a competition caution on lap 35 due to excessive rain on Saturday. Denny Hamlin started on the pole and led the first 50 laps. Kevin Harvick took the lead on lap 52, and would hold on to win both stages.

In Stage 2 Kyle Busch was running second when he hit the wall. The 18 team was put on the 5-minute crash repair clock. The 18 Toyota Camry was repaired but finished 6 laps down when the day was done. Busch would hit the wall 2 more times, and finish a disappointing 29th. After the race, he was treated for dehydration.

Harvick would lead the most laps at 149 circuits. Truex led 91 laps, and Hamlin led 45. Truex didn’t the lead until lap 234. He was able to leapfrog Harvick on green flag pit stops.

Late-Race Drama

With 2 laps remaining in regulation, Kurt Busch spun on a restart, setting up NASCAR Overtime. Truex was able to get a launch on the last restart and hold off Chase Elliott for the win. The remaining top 10 finishers were Elliott, Harvick, Hamlin, Jamie McMurray, Daniel Suarez, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, Kasey Kahne, and Kyle Larson.

Truex’s win in the Bank of America 500 marks his record 6th win of the season. It was his second career win at Charlotte, as well as his 7th career win on a 1.5-mile track. However, he qualified a dismal 17th on Friday. As a result, he earned no stage points in Stage 1.

After the race, several drivers had to be treated for dehydration. Upon exiting his car, Kyle Busch collapsed. He had radioed during the race that he would need medical attention.

When asked about how to handicap himself in the Round of 8, Truex stated the following. “We have 3 races in the Round of 8, we’ll try hard in all of them, and try to get a golden ticket.”

Looking ahead, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ next race is the Alabama 500 from Talladega Superspeedway. Next Sunday, coverage will be on NBC, MRN, and SiriusXMNASCAR Radio.

TSJNASCAR had special access at the Bank of America 500. I was live tweeting the race from the media center at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday. In addition, I was able to briefly interview winner Martin Truex Jr.