Martin Truex Jr. overcame a late race spin to bounce back and win Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at the Richmond (VA) Raceway. Truex, was leading the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race but was spun on Lap 316 by Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Luckily, Truex did a quick spin and didn’t hit anything so he only dropped to third as a result. Then, the fifth and final caution flag flew too, meaning that Truex and everyone else would hit pit lane for new tires.
The spin didn’t work against him after all.
Truex, would chase down Kyle Busch in the end as he erased a near second deficit to passing Busch for the lead with 25 laps-to-go. He’d never look back en route to the Richmond sweep.
It’s the second straight year that a driver swept both Cup races on the .75-mile short oval as Busch actually did the same a year ago.
For Truex, it was just his second career short track victory as his other obviously came on this very same race track back in April. Also, the JGR driver has reached victory lane in consecutive weeks for the first time of his career.
The win was the 25th trip to victory lane for Truex as he also won last Sunday night in Las Vegas. The New Jersey native has eight career playoff wins in 62 starts and six top six finishes in his last nine races overall.
The night was a big one for JGR in general as they went 1-2-3-4. They also won both stages and reached victory lane at Richmond for the fourth straight race and seventh time in the last nine overall.
Truex, led 109 laps as this was the sixth time in his last seven starts at Richmond that he eclipsed 100 or more laps led. Busch, finished second in his No. 18 Toyota and led a race-high 202 of 400 laps himself.
The runner-up was Busch’s third top two finish in his last four starts in Richmond and his fifth top two in his last nine starts there. It was also his third top five finish in his last five starts on the season but those are his only three in the last nine though.
Denny Hamlin earned his eighth top six finish over the last nine races in his No. 11 Toyota en route to a third place effort. It was Hamlin’s third, third place finish in his last six starts at Richmond as two of his other three finishes were actually fifth place runs.
Erik Jones earned a much needed fourth place result in his No. 20 Toyota for his sixth top four finish over the last 10 races. It was also his first career top five at Richmond as he moves from 26 points behind the cutoff to just three heading into the cutoff race next weekend on the Charlotte ROVAL.
Brad Keselowski was the only other driver to lead a lap on Saturday as he finished fifth.