Truex, who was penalised by NASCAR for leaping the beginning of the race and ended up final within the operating order, grabbed management of the race within the remaining stage and by no means seemed again.
Truex emerged because the chief following a spherical of inexperienced flag pitstops on Lap 350 of 400 at Richmond Raceway and held off his Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate Denny Hamlin by 1.417 seconds to earn his fourth win of the 2021 season.
The win, the 31st of his profession, sends Truex into the Spherical of 12 of the playoff no matter his efficiency in subsequent weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
“It’s an enormous day. It’s an essential day in our historical past,” Truex stated of his victory approaching the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist assaults in the USA. “I believe all of us right here – yeah, we’re proud to win, and this automotive is wonderful and there’s so many individuals to thank.
“However what a day to win on. It reminds you of the honour and the privilege it’s to get to come back out right here and do that. All these nice followers that come out right here, we couldn’t do any of those sort of issues with out the women and men that deal with us and all the primary responders, cops, firefighters, the navy, you identify it.”
Race winner Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry
Photograph by: Matthew T. Thacker / NKP / Motorsport Images
Requested in regards to the impact his penalty to begin the race, Truex stated, “That was irritating; I’m not going to lie. However I knew we’d have a adequate automotive to beat it. It felt fairly good the primary couple laps.
“Simply a kind of issues; you’ve received to place it out of your thoughts and also you’ve received to go race, and we knew there was so much on the road tonight. Very comfortable to get to do that and go to Bristol with none worries subsequent week is all the time enjoyable.”
Christopher Bell completed third to finish a 1-2-Three sweep by JGR, with Chase Elliott fourth for Hendrick Motorsport as Joey Logano rounded out the highest 5 for Workforce Penske.
Championship factors chief Kyle Larson claimed sixth forward of Ross Chastain and Kevin Harvick, with Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney finishing the highest 10.
Race outcomes – 400 laps