Martin Truex, Jr. earned his first career win after a wild ride in the races closing laps. The final three laps erupted into mayhem as David Stremme and Johnny Sauter both wrecked, followed by an accident involving Johnny Benson at lap 249 of 250...
Martin Truex, Jr. earned his first career win after a wild ride in the races closing laps. The final three laps erupted into mayhem as David Stremme and Johnny Sauter both wrecked, followed by an accident involving Johnny Benson at lap 249 of 250 to bring out the day's final yellow.
Truex scored his victory for the Dale Earnhardt, Jr. owned No. 8 Chevy with a load of controversy behind him. NASCAR stood firm on the finishing order, even though a line of drivers and crew chiefs were awaiting discussions in the big blue trailer. When the final caution was displayed several racers advanced their position by racing back to the yellow.
The top-five car of Mike Bliss darted onto pit lane to avoid the on track melee and did not take the checkered flag. NASCAR worked to sort out the field, viewing replays and consulting with team personnel; and have ruled that scoring will stay intact.
That credits Kevin Harvick with second place, but he didn't have an easy time getting there. Harvick on the final restart traded paint with David Stremme as the two racers vied for the same position. Stremme came out on the bad end of the deal, as Harvick clipped Stremme's rear bumper and sent him into the wall.
Stremme then collected Johnny Benson. Benson and Stremme had heated words post race in the NASCAR hauler. Harvick, meanwhile, apologized to Stremme.
Rookie Kyle Busch was third.
"There at the end, it was pretty much mayhem," Busch said. "I saw a bunch of guys squirting down low and I just followed them down there."
Pole-sitter Greg Biffle and David Green complete the top five.
"It was pretty crazy," said Biffle of the event. "But I guess that's why they sell out Bristol, and that's why all of these fans pay their money to see."
Truex was leading when the race was red-flagged after the No. 55 of Robby Gordon broke an oil line with 14 laps left to be completed. The race went back to green with just nine laps left, when the fight at mid-pack exploded. Luckily, Truex stayed out of trouble to bring the Chance2 Chevy to victory lane.
"I swear we have had things not go our way," said Truex. "I swear, I thought they weren't going to go our way at the end there. But we pulled together. I can't wait for the rest of the year. I think we can win the championship.
"These guys are that good, and these cars are that good every week."
Car owner, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. coached Truex through the races final restart, "Be really aggressive getting the tires clean. Watch your restart line."
The race was slowed eight times for 49 laps of yellow. Pole sitter Greg Biffle appeared to be the car to beat until the No. 60 team decided to skip a pit stop mid-race, and the car fell off. The mistake by the No. 60 team allowed Truex to pass Biffle; it was the only lead change of the event.