Martin Truex, Jr. earned the pole and went on to become the only driver to ever win from the top starting spot at Gateway International Raceway. Truex battled with Ron Hornaday throughout the 250-mile event, but in the end Truex sailed off to a ...
Martin Truex, Jr. earned the pole and went on to become the only driver to ever win from the top starting spot at Gateway International Raceway. Truex battled with Ron Hornaday throughout the 250-mile event, but in the end Truex sailed off to a monster 5-second lead over Hornaday to score his third Busch series win in the last six events.
"Good old Saturday night short track racing," said Truex. "Man, I will tell you what - what a hot rod. That was fun racing, beating and banging a little bit. We killed them, didn't we?"
Truex was clearly the class of the field today, leading both practice sessions, winning the Bud pole award, and steering his way to victory lane during the unusual one day show for the Busch series.
Truex led 122 of 200 laps in the No. 8 Chance 2 Motorsports Chevy, the same car that took car owner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to the winners circle at Richmond in 2002. The win assists Truex in climbing to the head of series rankings for the first time in his career.
"That's awesome," said Truex of taking the point lead. "We left 30 points in California, and we said we were going to get them this week and we sure as hell did that."
Ron Hornaday held on for second, "One more practice session and we would have had a perfect race car. But that was the best we could get right there. Congratulations to Truex.what a great run for us."
Jason Keller grabbed his first top-five of the season, with third.
"Great night for us," said Keller. "This team is finally starting to turn things around. I am just so proud of this team."
Bobby Hamilton, Jr. and Kyle Busch complete the top five.
Michael Waltrip, who entered Gateway first in points, drops to second, 11 markers behind Truex. Kyle Busch (-29), David Green (-86) and Robby Gordon (-93) complete the top five in series standings.
The race got off to a bumpy start, when Billy Parker and Clint Bowyer crunched up their rides in turn three on just the third lap. All-in-all, six cautions slowed the 200-lap event. Attrition was heavy, with 16 cars unable to finish the event either due to mechanical failures or wrecked race cars.