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Truex Jr Wins From The pole By: Thomas Chemris In a performance that can only be described as dominating, New Jersey's Martin Truex Jr Drove his Chance 2 Monte Carlo to his third win of the season at the Gateway International Raceway. ...

Truex Jr Wins From The pole
By: Thomas Chemris

In a performance that can only be described as dominating, New Jersey's Martin Truex Jr Drove his Chance 2 Monte Carlo to his third win of the season at the Gateway International Raceway.

"It's great. Anytime you can sit on the pole and win the race", said Truex. "That is what everybody wants to do every weekend, but it doesn't always get to happen".

Truex who ran up front relinquished the lead to Ron Hornaday for fifty-one laps. Truex blew by Hornaday after his crew adjusted the car to make him the class of the field. "Once we got it freed up, we were flying", said Truex.

The Charter 250 was a one-day event in which team practice, qualify, and race all on the same day. After qualifying, teams have limited time to make final adjustments before Nascar officials impound the cars.

Truex was fast from off the truck, and then claimed his third pole of the season. When the green flag dropped he took to the point where he led for a total of 123 of 200 laps. The only car that that gave chance was Hornaday. The two swapped paint several times, but in the end, it was all Truex as he finished with a 6.601 second over his Hornaday.

"We'd take a run at each other a little bit, just like a little short-track racing under the lights. said Truex of his closest competition. "He got by me when I was tight and I got by him when I was better then him. "

For his part, Hornaday appeared to respect Truex and his team and was satisfied with the runner up position.

"At the beginning of the race, we thought we definitely had something," Hornaday said. "We picked them off one at a time. He had an adjustment on that one stop and got their car a little bit better. Probably one more adjustment, we would have been all right."

Truex who has twenty-two career starts is turning heads as the regional Northeast driver is gaining national attention, with manly thinking championship.

The versatility of this "young gun' is apparent in his victories that have been scored at three distinctly different types of tracks. Bristol, a half-mile short track, Talladega, a superspeedway, and now Gateway a mile one plus intermediate track.

Finishing behind Truex and Hornaday was Jason Keller, followed by Bobby Hamilton Jr., Kyle Busch, and Jason Leffler.

2002 series champion Greg Biffle finished seventh. A notable accomplishment. Biffle had a contending car, but rear wheel problems brought the team into the pits for several unscheduled repairs, leaving the team as many as two laps down at points during the race. Hard racing and a few well-timed cautions helped the driver to rally back to finish on the lead lap.

By virtue of his victory, Truex moves into the top spot in the championship points, sixteen points ahead of Michael Waltrip. Ninety-three points separate the top five drivers in the points chase.

Next week the series heads to Richmond for the Funai 250 where Kevin Harvick is the defending race winner.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Jason Keller , Jason Leffler , Greg Biffle , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Martin Truex Jr. , Kyle Busch