Martin Truex, Jr. stormed to the checkered flag to clinch the win at Memphis Motorsports Park. The final three laps on the 0.75-mile short track were green-white-checkered as the young man held off the hard-charging Greg Biffle to take his sixth...
Martin Truex, Jr. stormed to the checkered flag to clinch the win at Memphis Motorsports Park. The final three laps on the 0.75-mile short track were green-white-checkered as the young man held off the hard-charging Greg Biffle to take his sixth victory in the NASCAR Busch series this season.
"I just tried to get a good start, stay on the bottom, and it worked out," said the happy race winner.
There were 13 cautions in the scheduled 250-lap race. The final caution, on lap 247, was for Michael Waltrip's accident on the back-straight, which set up the finish -- the second time the new finish rule was put into effect for a Busch race.
"I was kind of curious to what Greg (Biffle) would do on the restart," admitted Truex, Jr. "I hadn't race with him all day, so wasn't sure if his car was good on restarts."
Truex, Jr. dominated the race in his Chance 2 Motorsports Chevrolet as he continued his chase for the Busch series crown. Driving for Dale Earnhardt, Jr., he needs only one more win to tie his boss for the most wins in a single Busch series season.
Biffle, who was not happy with some of the drivers in Saturday's race, came home second in his Roush Racing Ford. Immediately after the post-race press conference, Biffle was on a flight to Martinsville, Virginia for Sunday's Nextel Cup race.
"It was unbelievable what I saw today," explained Biffle on the poor driving he witnessed. "It was eye-opening, that's for sure. The lap cars cost me the win."
Richard Childress Racing's Ron Hornaday finished third in his Chevrolet with his teammate rookie Clint Bowyer in fourth. Last weekend's Charlotte winner Mike Bliss came home fifth.
Truex, Jr.'s main rival coming into the Memphis weekend, rookie Kyle Busch, was the race leader after the 12th caution. Busch dropped back quickly after light contact with the wall in Turn 2 to 10th before the final caution; he finished back in 14th.
Truex, Jr. now has 208 points over Busch in the drivers' standings, but both need to watch Biffle who still has a mathematical chance to take the crown, Biffle is 490 points adrift of Truex, Jr. with four races left in the 2004 season.
"This is what we're here to do," commented Truex, Jr. on the championship run. "We're here to win races and run up front every week."