Martin Truex Jr. 20th NASCAR Cup career win in Saturday’s Toyota 400 at Richmond Raceway was unlike any other he’s ever experienced.
After 80 prior winless starts and finishes at places such as Bristol, Martinsville, Phoenix, Loudon and Richmond, Truex finally earned his first career Cup win on a short-track (tracks one-mile or less).
In doing so, Truex also became part of history: never in the sport’s modern era (1972-present) has two organizations – Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske – won each of the first nine races of the season. JGR has won six races (three by Kyle Busch, two by Denny Hamlin and one by Truex), and Team Penske has won three (two by Brad Keselowski and one by Joey Logano).
Kevin Harvick finished fourth, followed by Hamlin.