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Martin Truex Jr. held off Joey Logano to break his run of leading the most short-track laps without a win in Saturday's Toyota Owners 400. Once again, he led the most laps throughout the race but finally closed the deal by holding off Logano on the final laps as the Penske Racing driver closed in on his rear bumper. The race was characterized by no fewer than eight inspection penalties that resulted in drivers losing their qualifying spots, forcing those teams to start from the rear. Truex was not one of those drivers, and he leveraged his top-five start and avoided mistakes in the race to earn that elusive win.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series now takes a week off before loading the trucks back up and heading to Talladega Superspeedway for the first superspeedway race under the new aerodynamic rules package. Talladega will be somewhat of an unknown, but then again, Talladega has always been an unpredictable race. Joe Gibbs Racing and Penske continue to be the two teams everyone else in the garage is trying to catch, and most will welcome this week to go to work to close the gap. Logano and Aric Almirola were the two victors there in 2018.
Martin Truex Jr. – After holding the distinction of leading the most short-track laps without a win, Truex finally finished the job and grabbed his first career short-track victory Saturday night at Richmond Raceway. Truex initially came to the front in the second stage