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Martin Truex Jr. Wins Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400


Martin Truex Jr. became the first driver to advance to the Round of 12 for the Chase Sunday as he won the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400. This is his third win of the 2016 and the first of his career at Chicagoland. Joey Logano finished second, followed by Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top 5.

Truex had started fifth and went a lap down early after pitting for a shredded tire. The setback became the comeback as he patiently brought himself back into contention. By Lap 80, Truex had passed Harvick in order to get the free pass spot. Truex returned to the lead lap on Lap 121 after a caution for a spin by Brian Scott.

“Darlington all over again, right?” Truex said to NBCSN after the race. “The racing gods don’t want us leading too much, they got to make it difficult on us. In the middle of the race we weren’t that good and we got back in traffic. Harvick ran into us and bent our fender I think on purpose and had to come back from that. ”

He was in second when a caution came out for Michael McDowell losing a tire with four laps left, sending the finish into a Green-White-Checkered. The pitstop prior to NASCAR Overtime was the turning point for the 78 team as they came out first. Truex later passed Blaney, who stayed out, on the backstretch with 2 to go to win.

Other storylines from Sunday’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 At Chicagoland Speedway include:

  • Although locked out of the Chase last weekend, Ryan Blaney played spoiler when he stayed out before overtime and collected a top 5 finish
  • Hendrick Motorsports led more laps today (199) than in the previous 12 races combined
  • Austin Dillon, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Larson, and Chris Buescher are the four drivers sitting outside of a Chase transfer spot after the first of three races of this round.
  • Jimmie Johnson led a race high 118 laps, but was caught speeding on pit road during green flag stops with 30 to go after pitting from second. Johnson finished 12th

Next Race Up: The Round of 16 continues at New Hampshire Motor Speedway next Sunday for the New England 300