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Truex Triumphs at The Glen



A fuel mileage game, very few cautions, and mistakes on pit road were just some of the story lines after the I Love New York 355 at Watkins Glen. Martin Truex Jr ended the day in victory lane, but not without a late race challenge from Matt Kenseth.

Kyle Busch started the day on pole, his third straight race starting in the prime position. He would lead all 20 laps of the first stage, taking home the Playoff point. A botched pit stop after Stage 1 forced Kyle to pit again under caution, losing valuable track position. Also after Stage 1, Dale Earnhardt Jr was forced out of the race with a drive line problem. The 88 team walks out of The Glen with a dismal 37th place finish.

Stage 2 went to rookie Daniel Suarez, who was able to outlast a late stage charge from Truex. Busch would spend Stage 2 patiently racing hard back into the top 10. Kevin Harvick also had troubles on pit road, as he collided with Brett Moffitt while leaving his stall.

On the lap 45 restart, Busch and Brad Keselowski spun each other out in the Bus Stop chicane while racing in the top 10. This incident did not yield a caution, but it did take Busch out of contention. The 18 car would go on to finish 7th.

In the closing laps, Brad was trying to stretch his fuel mileage an unprecedented 41 laps. Truex let him pass for the lead on lap 83, knowing that he was short on fuel. Both Brad and second place runner Ryan Blaney was forced to pit late, handing the lead back to Truex. Truex was aggressively saving fuel in the last run, at one point running 3 seconds off the pace. Even with Kenseth not saving fuel, Truex was unbeatable. The points leader cruised to his series leading 4th win of the year.

Truex was especially proud of this win due to his family’s history at Watkins Glen. His dad raced at The Glen in prior years, and Martin can remember running around the garage area as a child. Martin Truex Jr, Cole Pearn, and the entire Furniture Row Racing 78 team have been the model of consistency throughout 2017. With an astounding 34 Playoff Bonus Points, many are calling the 78 team a guarantee for Homestead.