By: Thomas Chemris For the second time in four races, New Jersey's Martin Truex Jr found himself in victory lane. Truex took home the checkers at the Aaron's 312 at the Talladega International Speedway, backing up his first series win at ...
By: Thomas Chemris
For the second time in four races, New Jersey's Martin Truex Jr found himself in victory lane. Truex took home the checkers at the Aaron's 312 at the Talladega International Speedway, backing up his first series win at Bristol in March.
"It's incredible", noted Truex. "It's the first time I have ever been here in the Busch series, and Dale Earnhart pushing me to the finish." "I can't believe it, this is the greatest day of my racing career.
Truex, who started third, took the point four times for a total of twenty-nine laps, including the final circuit.
Truex was able to put himself up front all day, and hooked up with team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr in the closing laps with Jr bump drafting there way on the topside to take the lead. Truex held the point and finished the race under caution as the field was slowed with two laps remaining.
Second place finisher Earnhardt Jr was pleased with his driver's performance. "I told him if he puts himself in a bad position, I would just go around him, but if he does a good job, I'll help him all I can: He did a great job." "Just a great finish for chance 2".
Finishing behind Truex and Earnhardt were Ron Hornaday, Kyle Busch and Jason Lefler.
Hornaday, who was upset with the late race caution, looked like he had a shot at the win, but took third as the field was frozen.
"I was doing it, I think I could have gotten him, but he may have pushed me under the yellow line", noted Hornaday.
Robby Gordon had been appeared to be the dominant car, but had difficulty hooking up with a drafting partner finished sixth.
The Talladega event has been marred in years past as multi-car incidents referred to as the big one eliminated almost half the field in the early laps of the event. This year it appeared it may be avoided, but with seventeen laps remaining several cars broke loose on the front straightaway involving ten or more cars.
Mike Wallace, who recovered to finish twelfth was in the center of the incident describes what happened. "A lapped car, the best I remember I was under Greg and the thirty-nine was there, and I think he's going to stay at the bottom, and he starts to come up and we all came together. It all happened so quickly; I don't know what really happened. It looked like it was going to be nice and smooth and it all went to heck."
After the restart, the field fell under the final caution, after an incident-involving Bobby Hamilton Jr and pole sitter Clint Bowyer froze the field and the event finished under caution
"I just had a run underneath the twenty-one", said Hamilton. "This yellow line stuff is way out of hand. I just got into him, and when I got into him I checked up and I got hit from behind and turned head-on. That's just part of Talladega, but the barriers did what they were supposed to and I'm fine." The barriers Hamilton referred to were the new SAFER barriers that were installed at the Speedway prior to the event.
Leaving Alabama, Michael Waltrip leads the points followed by David Green, Martin Truex, Kyle Bush, and Robby Gordon. Fifty-eight points separate the top five positions. Next week the series heads to California Speedway for the 1-800 pitshop 300