Aussie plays his part in Truex Jr. win

Truex Jr triumphant at Pocono

Truex Jr triumphant at Pocono

Martin Truex Jr. broke a 69-race winless streak with a dominating victory at Pocono with Australian race engineer Peter Craik in his corner.

Despite sitting second in the standings heading into the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400, Truex Jr. had been unable to close the deal. Truex Jr. had scored 12 top-10 finishes in the races contested and now he has added a victory.

The win is the first for the single car Furniture Row since Regan Smith at Darlington in 2011 and only its second in 285 races.

The victory is the first race win for Brisbane’s Craik who after V8 Supercar stints with Britek Motorsport and Kelly Racing, he has been applying his trade in Indycars with Andretti Autosport before moving to NASCAR this year.

After leading the most laps in the previous three races, Truex Jr. was the class of the field both on the long runs and even near the finish when three cautions were waved.

On each re-start he was able to gap the field and even with defending champion and points leader Kevin Harvick hunting at the finish he was unchallenged to become the 10th different race winner of the season.

“It feels unbelievable,” said Truex.

“I can’t thank all these guys enough on the Furniture Row Chevrolet. What a great group of guys. I knew we were going to get one. Everybody kept asking, ‘When are going to win? When are you going to win? What’s going on?’ I knew we had the team. I knew we had what it took. We just needed things to play out the way we needed them to. I feel like we’re on cloud nine right now.”

The victory was emotional for Truex Jr., who last year saw his long-time girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, battle with cancer.

“The last year and a half has been tough. This feels pretty dang good,” said a clearly emotional Truex Jr.

Harvick’s outstanding form saw him collect his 10th top-2 finish of the year. Third was Jimmie Johnson, last week’s winner at Dover. Joey Logano and Kurt Busch completed the top five.

Peter Craik (Back right) celebrates with the Furniture Row team

Peter Craik (Back right) celebrates with the Furniture Row team

VIDEO: Truex Jr. wins at Pocono

VIDEO: Victory Lane

RESULTS: Axalta “We Paint Winner’ 400 – Pocono Raceway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MANUFACTURER STARTING POS. LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 3 160 97 Running 48 5
2 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 5 160 39 Running 43 1
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 9 160 0 Running 41 0
4 22 Joey Logano Ford 11 160 0 Running 40 0
5 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 1 160 0 Running 39 0
6 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 19 160 0 Running 38 0
7 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 14 160 0 Running 37 0
8 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 15 160 0 Running 36 0
9 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 10 160 0 Running 35 0
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 8 160 0 Running 34 0
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 20 160 0 Running 33 0
12 16 Greg Biffle Ford 27 160 0 Running 32 0
13 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 12 160 2 Running 32 1
14 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 4 160 1 Running 31 1
15 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 2 160 16 Running 30 1
16 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 18 160 0 Running 28 0
17 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 7 160 0 Running 27 0
18 33 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 29 160 0 Running 0 0
19 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 6 160 5 Running 26 1
20 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 30 160 0 Running 24 0
21 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 28 160 0 Running 23 0
22 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 23 160 0 Running 22 0
23 55 David Ragan Toyota 21 160 0 Running 21 0
24 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 33 160 0 Running 20 0
25 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 32 160 0 Running 0 0
26 7 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 34 160 0 Running 18 0
27 38 David Gilliland Ford 35 160 0 Running 17 0
28 35 Cole Whitt Ford 39 160 0 Running 16 0
29 98 Josh Wise Ford 38 159 0 Running 15 0
30 34 Brett Moffitt Ford 36 158 0 Running 14 0
31 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 16 158 0 Running 13 0
32 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 41 158 0 Running 12 0
33 26 Jeb Burton Toyota 40 158 0 Running 11 0
34 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 31 158 0 Running 10 0
35 32 Travis Kvapil Ford 42 157 0 Running 0 0
36 23 J.J. Yeley Toyota 37 155 0 Running 0 0
37 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 22 153 0 Running 7 0
38 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 26 143 0 Radiator 6 0
39 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 13 141 0 Accident 5 0
40 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 43 129 0 Electrical 0 0
41 9 Sam Hornish Jr Ford 24 120 0 Accident 3 0
42 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 17 105 0 Running 2 0
43 43 Aric Almirola Ford 25 88 0 Engine 1 0

 

STANDINGS
POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kevin Harvick 559 Leader 14 2 10 13 0
2 Martin Truex Jr 520 -39 14 1 4 13 0
3 Jimmie Johnson 481 -78 14 4 9 10 0
4 Joey Logano 480 -79 14 1 7 10 0
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr 465 -94 14 1 7 8 1
6 Brad Keselowski 441 -118 14 1 3 8 1
7 Jamie McMurray 427 -132 14 0 2 6 1
8 Kasey Kahne 417 -142 14 0 2 5 1
9 Matt Kenseth 415 -144 14 1 4 8 1
10 Jeff Gordon 411 -148 14 0 2 8 1
11 Paul Menard 385 -174 14 0 2 3 1
12 Kurt Busch 379 -180 11 1 4 6 0
13 Denny Hamlin 379 -180 14 1 3 6 1
14 Aric Almirola 379 -180 14 0 1 1 1
15 Ryan Newman 374 -185 14 0 4 8 1
16 Carl Edwards 368 -191 14 1 1 2 0
17 Clint Bowyer 354 -205 14 0 0 3 0
18 Greg Biffle 343 -216 14 0 1 2 0
19 Kyle Larson 333 -226 13 0 1 5 2
20 Danica Patrick 328 -231 14 0 0 2 0
21 Casey Mears 308 -251 14 0 0 1 1
22 AJ Allmendinger 300 -259 14 0 0 2 3
23 David Ragan 290 -269 14 0 1 1 1
24 Austin Dillon 290 -269 14 0 0 1 2
25 David Gilliland 260 -299 14 0 0 0 0
26 Sam Hornish Jr 255 -304 14 0 0 1 1
27 Tony Stewart 253 -306 14 0 0 1 3
28 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 243 -316 14 0 1 1 1
29 Justin Allgaier 234 -325 14 0 0 1 3
30 Trevor Bayne 228 -331 14 0 0 0 1
31 Cole Whitt 227 -332 14 0 0 0 1
32 Brett Moffitt 204 -355 12 0 0 1 0
33 Alex Bowman 192 -367 13 0 0 0 2
34 Michael Annett 162 -397 14 0 0 0 1
35 Josh Wise 144 -415 13 0 0 1 3
36 Matt DiBenedetto 143 -416 11 0 0 0 0
37 Michael McDowell 101 -458 7 0 0 0 0
38 Jeb Burton 78 -481 10 0 0 0 2
39 Kyle Busch 77 -482 3 0 0 1 1
40 Alex Kennedy 48 -511 6 0 0 0 0
41 Bobby Labonte 38 -521 2 0 0 0 0
42 Brian Vickers 32 -527 2 0 0 0 0
43 Michael Waltrip 26 -533 2 0 0 0 0
44 Reed Sorenson 22 -537 2 0 0 0 0
45 Mike Wallace 8 -551 1 0 0 0 0
46 Ron Hornaday Jr 2 -557 1 0 0 0 1
47 Ryan Blaney 0 -559 5 0 1 1 3
48 Brian Scott 0 -559 4 0 0 0 2
49 J.J. Yeley 0 -559 13 0 0 0 2
50 Regan Smith 0 -559 4 0 0 0 0
51 Chase Elliott 0 -559 3 0 0 0 0
52 Ty Dillon 0 -559 3 0 0 0 0
53 Matt Crafton 0 -559 1 0 0 0 0
54 Johnny Sauter 0 -559 1 0 0 0 0
55 Chris Buescher 0 -559 5 0 0 0 0
56 Landon Cassill 0 -559 14 0 0 0 4
57 Brendan Gaughan 0 -559 7 0 0 0 2
58 Mike Bliss 0 -559 7 0 0 0 0
59 Joe Nemechek 0 -559 1 0 0 0 0
60 Travis Kvapil 0 -559 1 0 0 0 0
61 Joey Gase 0 -559 2 0 0 0 1
62 Jeff Green 0 -559 1 0 0 0 0
63 Erik Jones 0 -559 1 0 0 0 0
64 Tanner Berryhill 0 -559 0 0 0 0 0
65 Justin Marks 0 -559 0 0 0 0 0

 

Join the discussion below in the Speedcafe.com comments section

Please note: Speedcafe.com reserves the right to remove any comment that does not follow the comment policy. For support, contact [email protected]