Truex Brings One Home By Thomas Chemris Dover, DE -- Martin Truex Jr claimed his fifth win of the season , and his first series victory at the track he considers his home turf as he paced the field at the monster mile in the Stacker 2 ...
Truex Brings One Home By Thomas Chemris
Dover, DE -- Martin Truex Jr claimed his fifth win of the season , and his first series victory at the track he considers his home turf as he paced the field at the monster mile in the Stacker 2 hundred.
Truex, who started on the outside pole, ran up front all day swapping the lead several times with the top five contenders.
Pit strategy played a key role in the event as in unlike a typical Dover race, the event was dominated by long green flag runs. The final of four cautions came out on lap 104 giving the opportunity for the leaders to pit for the final time. Through pit cycles, Kenny Wallace took the lead as he and his Bill Davis Race team gambled on fuel and remained out.
Wallace built up a 3 second lead and appeared to be on his way to his first win since 2001.
It was not meant to be as Wallace fell victim to fuel mileage when he ran out of gas with twelve laps remaining handing the lead to a hard charging Truex who had cut Wallace's advantage to less then one second.
"I never thought about fuel, I was told we could make it until lap 202, but I guess we did not get all the fuel picked-up, or we must have not gotten the thing filled, said a disappointed Wallace.
The win marked Truex's fifth of the season and the first Busch win at the track he considers his home turf.
"This win at Dover means everything to me, I made my first Busch start here, and it's real close to home", noted the New Jersey native.
Truex, driving his first full season in the series currently leads the point's standings by 152 points over Kyle Busch. He is tied with Greg Biffle and Kyle Busch for the most wins, and leads the series in top fives, and top tens.
Coming in behind Truex were Mike McLaughlin, Kasey Khane, Jason Lefler, and Johnny Sauter.
Kenny Wallace, who lead for a total of eighty three laps finished in twentieth.
Leaving Dover Truex continues to gain his points lead over Kyle Busch Marking the third time in four races that Truex finished ahead of Busch.
The series has a week off before entering a stretch of seven consecutive races on its way to finishing up the 2004 season.
The series will compete at the Kansas Speedway on October ninth in the Mr. Goodcents 300
Dover Pit Notes
Richard Childress racing announced this would be the last season that former truck series champion Ron Hornaday would drive for the organizations Busch Team. Hornaday scored two wins with the team since 2002, and was in the running for the 2003 championship.
Evernham Motor sports to field Busch team. Ray Evernham will field at least one full time and one part time Dodge Busch team in the 2005 season. As part of the Dodge driver development program, one of the teams will participate in the Hungry Drivers program that will give young talent a chance in the Busch series.
Mike Wallace enlisted the help of Todd Parrott from Yates Racing to act as crew chief of his number four Gieco Ford. His regular crew chief, Tony Lambert was unable to attend the event due to a pending medical procedure.