STAFFORD SPRINGS, Conn. -- Martin Truex Jr. led every lap to score his first NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series victory in nearly two years in the New England Dodge Dealers NASCAR 150 Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway....
STAFFORD SPRINGS, Conn. -- Martin Truex Jr. led every lap to score his first NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series victory in nearly two years in the New England Dodge Dealers NASCAR 150 Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway. Starting from the Bud Pole, Truex averaged 62.370 miles per hour as he pulled away on each restart to win by a robust 3.63 seconds. The win in his family-owned SeaWatch Chevrolet followed by exactly seven days his impressive debut with the Dale Earnhardt Inc. Busch Series team at Richmond International Raceway. It marked his fourth career race win, two of them at Stafford, and his tenth career Bud Pole.
Defending champion Andy Santerre retained his point lead by finishing second and took the PowerAde Power Move of the Race Award by advancing from eleventh on the grid, while rookie Ryan Moore was an impressive third, capturing the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Race Award. Matt Kobyluck and Tom Carey completed the top five.
Brian Hoar, Paul Wolfe, Eddie MacDonald, Joey McCarthy, and Kelly Moore rounded out the top ten as 17 cars finished on the lead lap and 25 of 30 starters were on the track at the checkered flag. Eight caution periods consumed 43 laps. The cars of Bobby Dragon, Mike Olsen, and Scott Bouley were eliminated in accidents, but no injuries were reported.
Mired in the lower reaches of the top ten, Santerre and Ryan Moore pitted for new right side tires on a lap 79 caution and worked their way back toward the front. Kelly Moore, Ryan's father, spun out of second place on lap 119 after contact with Kobyluck, and Carey faded slightly in the closing stages. Santerre finally wrestled second from Kobyluck on lap 144 after a side-by-side battle, and the younger Moore also passed Kobyluck with four laps remaining.
Truex won the Bud Pole at a non-record 20.00 seconds, 90.00 mph around the half-mile track. Santerre leads Kelly Moore by 41 points and McCarthy by 42 as the Busch North Series heads for its debut at Lake Erie Speedway near Erie, Pa., next Sunday, May 18.