Truex Finally Wins with Joe Gibbs at Richmond

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"It's just the way it goes sometimes and you just have to work through it all and keep pushing to try to find more speed all the time".

Truex gave Joe Gibbs Racing its sixth victory in nine races this season and won for the first time in his career on tracks shorter than a mile.

The defending Cup Series champion was on a rail in the final laps of the Toyota Owners 400, powering around the top side of the three-quarter-mile oval and passing Clint Bowyer for second with four laps left as he looked to collect his second win of the season.

"We did a great job today, I didn't think it was a ideal lap from my standpoint, but I was able to get in the throttle on the exit of the corner and put down a decent lap", Harvick said.

"We had a auto that was capable of winning for the third week straight and we didn't win". "Everyone at JGR is doing a great job...we've been chipping away at it, so hopefully we can get better from here on out".

"I was struggling the last 40 laps". "I was just real tight that last run".

But his opponents down the stretch weren't ideal either and, as Truex noted, "Being out in front was important". "I had no front tire and was just real, real tight that last run". I was faster on a long run than him, but by the time you get to him, your stuff is pretty wore out.


"I figured something out there toward the end with about 10 laps to go to make ups some speed", Logano said. You drive to him and you get plowing tight behind him and there's nothing you can do.

Busch, who had led 103 laps, worked his way back up to 15th place by the end of second stage. Busch has finished in the top 10 in each of his last 10 races. But during a pit stop early in Stage 2, Busch was flagged for speeding on pit road.

Truex stayed near the front of the field and on Lap 293 of the 400-lapper, he took a lead he would not surrender.

But Truex expertly navigated lapped traffic and never let him pass to win for the first time in 81 starts in the Cup series on a short track.

Kyle Busch has grabbed the lead from Kevin Harvick during the the NASCAR Cup race at Richmond. Asked over his team radio if he was OK, Larson said, "Yeah".

Gibbs could take pride, not only in Truex's victory but also in the strong finishes of Hamlin and Erik Jones, who finished 14th. And the inspection heavily impacted the starting grid with eight of the 37 cars failing inspection at least once. He is ranked up six top five, our stage wins, and 498 laps led. "It's just frustrating. We were faster than him".

However, when it came time to replicate that charge in the final laps, Logano came up just a little bit short.

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