Martin Truex Jr. winning at Martinsville Speedway. Fitting.
The NASCAR Cup Series‘ Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 was held off from Saturday to Sunday because of rainfall, however not also a weather condition hold-up might quit Truex from scoring his 2nd win of the year after defeating Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate Denny Hamlin in a late fight.
Stages #1 and also 2
After waiting on over eighteen hrs and also a short care, the race reactivated on lap 46 with Hamlin and also Ryan Blaney on the front row (Joey Logano was 2nd when the race was held off however chosen to reactivate behind Hamlin on the within line). On lap 50, Kurt Busch rotated after being transformed by Erik Jones, leading to a care.
Hamlin remained to lead for the lap 57 reactivate. Ten laps later on, Daniel Suárez fractured the leading twenty after beginning at the back complying with a ballast charge that caused his staff principal’s ejection. However, his energy discolored after needing to pit for a loosened right-front wheel.
Blaney took the lead on lap 75 and also held the area throughout of the phase. Hamlin, Truex, the Hendrick Motorsports quartet of Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, William Byron, and also Alex Bowman, Brad Keselowski, Logano, and also Christopher Bell adhered to.
The 2nd phase opened up on lap 140 as Blaney and also Hamlin briefly competed prior to the last won the lead. Hamlin led till Blaney gained back the setting on lap 175. Meanwhile, B.J. McLeod and also Ryan Preece matched to deal with mechanical problems.
On lap 241, Cody Ware‘s right-rear tyre went down and caused him to spin into the turn three wall to produce a yellow. Ware had also been involved in the race’s initial care on Saturday when he contended Rick Ware Racing team-mate James Davison. Although Logano prevented being splashed by his Team Penske ally Blaney with the yellow, he obtained a speeding charge on his quit.
The following reactivate featured 13 laps to go. Hamlin stuck to Blaney on the within throughout the initial lap prior to Blaney removed him. Another effort came 2 laps later on prior to their fight was disturbed by a care from turn 2 get in touch with in between Ryan Newman and also Aric Almirola that triggered the previous to rotate down right into Matt DiBenedetto.
A two-lap sprint to the green-checkered flag started with Blaney and also the within obtaining a solid reactivate that allowed him to clear Hamlin. Hamlin had the ability to hold back Joe Gibbs Racing companion Truex and also reached Blaney in the last edges, however Blaney defeated him to the line. Truex, Elliott, Bowman, Keselowski, Byron, Tyler Reddick, and also Kyle and also Kurt Busch completed the leading 10.
Much of the area consisting of Blaney matched in between phases while Hamlin and also 10 others avoided.
The last started on lap 270 with Hamlin and also Keselowski consisting of the leading areas. Hamlin took off as Keselowski started dealing with resistance from Byron, Reddick, and also Kurt Busch.
Justin Haley reduced his left-rear tire and also struck the wall surface on lap 277. The eco-friendly flag swung on lap 283 and also competed 6 laps till Ware rotated once again. Hamlin was the first of all pit roadway and also Bubba Wallace acquired the lead when he and also 5 others determined versus matching. Austin Dillon was punished after matching beyond his box.
Wallace and also Ryan Newman paced the grid to the lap 297 reactivate. The previous led a career-high 23 laps prior to being gone by Byron on lap 315; Wallace’s previous finest was 10 at the 2020 autumn Talladega race.
The following 30 laps saw 3 warns for rotates: Kyle Busch rotated on lap 321, adhered to by Anthony Alfredo on lap 330, Keselowski on 340, and also Newman on 349. While Busch rotated on his very own, the others’ cases followed get in touch with: Alfredo was struck by Almirola, Keselowski by Suárez, and also Newman by Wallace. The Newman accident’s following stack-up additionally caused damages to Almirola and also Suárez.
Another reactivate began lap 355 with Hamlin and also Bowman in the leading 2, though the latter’s race untangled when he matched after twelve laps because of a resonance from a loosened right-front wheel. On lap 370, Jones rotated subsequently 2 after being struck by Keselowski, that subsequently was bumped by Ross Chastain from behind, for a yellow flag. Corey LaJoie experienced major damages to his nose and also radiator when he was struck by Reddick while leaving his pit delay, finishing his day.
Bell and also Chastain held the front row for the reactivate on lap 377. As Bell drew in advance, Chastain was mixed back by Hamlin and also Suárez. As the area bunched up behind them, Blaney lunged right into 3rd. At the front, Hamlin captured his JGR team-mate and also made the masquerade the lead on lap 385.
On 387, the biggest accident of the day took place when Kyle Busch and also Chris Buescher clashed, sending out the previous right into a spin. The sidewards Buescher triggered a backstretech pile-up that gathered Alfredo, Bowman, Davison, DiBenedetto, Haley, Jones, Keselowski, Newman, Suárez, Ware, Kurt Busch, Cole Custer, Michael McDowell, and also Ryan Preece; Suárez’s automobile additionally ignited because of this, and also he ultimately tossed a canteen at Byron after leaving. The warning was required clean-up, lasting over 20 mins.
The race returned to on lap 396 with Hamlin and also Blaney still ahead. As Blaney trailed Hamlin with Truex in tow, Elliott and also Larson fought for 4th.
With 48 laps continuing to be, Chase Briscoe struck the wall surface in turn 3 after rotating from a level right-rear tire. Truex beat Hamlin out of the pits while Blaney shed 3 settings after his automobile ran over the front tire changer’s airline, which caused a fine for eliminating tools as it obtained captured under the automobile while he left.
The following eco-friendly flag swung on lap 458, with Blaney reactivating 19th as the last automobile on the lead lap. As Truex attempted to hold back Larson, Hamlin capitalised to take the lead. As the race went across the 25-to-go mark, Blaney was coping Newman and also Kyle Busch in his initiative to breach the leading 10.
Using the lapped automobile of Davison as a choice, Truex attempted to make his carry on lap 484. The 2 ran side-by-side for the following lap prior to Truex removed Hamlin subsequently 4; behind them, Elliott reached Hamlin.
With 10 laps left, Truex developed his bring about a 2nd as Hamlin battled with Elliott. With an almost two-second benefit, Truex repelled to come to be the initial repeat victor in 2021 and also his 3rd win at Martinsville in his last 4 begins at the brief track.
“We never could quite get (the car) the way we wanted it but it started getting dark and she came to life,” Truex informed FS1. “[…] I can’t believe we won here again. Not even the dominant car today for sure, but that was a lot of fun there at the end racing with Denny. We raced clean, and we were able to come out on top.”
Elliott passed Hamlin for 2nd. Elsewhere in the area, Davison and also RWR team-mate Josh Bilicki racked up career-best coatings of twenty-second and also twenty-third, specifically. Ware, that traded barbs with Davison over the radio throughout the day because of their altercations, had the ability to join his brethren and also fellow RWR chauffeur J.J. Yeley in the leading thirty by completing twenty-eighth; Yeley finished his day in twenty-fifth. Quin Houff completed twenty-fourth for his finest run of the year.
|1||7||19||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||500||Running|
|2||5||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||Running|
|3||2||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||500||Running|
|4||3||24||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||Running|
|5||19||5||Kyle Larson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||500||Running|
|6||1||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||500||Running|
|7||23||20||Christopher Bell||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||500||Running|
|8||13||8||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||500||Running|
|9||9||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||500||Running|
|10||12||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||500||Running|
|11||4||12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford||500||Running|
|12||22||21||Matt DiBenedetto||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||500||Running|
|13||15||17||Chris Buescher||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||500||Running|
|14||18||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||500||Running|
|15||6||47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||500||Running|
|16||25||23||Bubba Wallace||23XI Racing||Toyota||500||Running|
|17||27||42||Ross Chastain||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||500||Running|
|18||26||41||Cole Custer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||500||Running|
|19||8||6||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||499||Running|
|20||31||10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||499||Running|
|21||21||1||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||498||Running|
|22||37||15||James Davison||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet||494||Running|
|23||33||52||Josh Bilicki||Rick Ware Racing||Ford||493||Running|
|24||29||00||Quin Houff||StarCom Racing||Chevrolet||493||Running|
|25||28||53||J.J. Yeley*||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet||492||Running|
|26||35||38||Anthony Alfredo #||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||492||Running|
|27||24||14||Chase Briscoe #||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||491||Running|
|28||32||51||Cody Ware*||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet||490||Running|
|29||36||78||B.J. McLeod*||Live Fast Motorsports||Ford||478||Running|
|30||16||43||Erik Jones||Richard Petty Motorsports||Chevrolet||403||Rear Gear|
|31||14||34||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||387||Accident|
|32||11||99||Daniel Suárez||Trackhouse Racing Team||Chevrolet||386||Accident|
|33||10||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||385||Accident|
|34||20||48||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||384||Accident|
|35||30||77||Justin Haley*||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet||383||Accident|
|36||17||37||Ryan Preece||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||382||Accident|
|37||34||7||Corey LaJoie||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet||374||Accident|
* – Ineligible for Cup factors