Kevin Harvick Captures Richmond Pole


Because he did, 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.

It ended an 81-race futility streak at Cup short tracks. He could very quickly get win no. 4 at Richmond.

"It means a lot to finally break through", Truex said.

"Really excited to win here in Richmond", continued the 38-year-old New Jersey native. "I've always really enjoyed this track". If he can keep it going tonight, he'd join three Hall of Famers - David Pearson (three, 1965-66), Richard Petty (seven, 1970-73) and Bobby Allison (three, 1982-83) - as the only drivers to win three consecutive races on the track. "Tonight we didn't have the best vehicle, but we've lost some here with the best auto". It's his 20th career victory and 17th in the last four seasons.

Joey Logano passed Martin Truex Jr. with about five laps to go and won the second stage in the NACAR Cup Series race at Richmond.

"We're just really excited", Truex said. Just had to hold him off. I just had to hold them off. Thanks to the pit crew-they had a great night.

"We were close, but not close enough", Logano said. I figured something out there towards the end. "I got a decent run off of (Turn) 2 the last lap... Starting getting there, but got tight and couldn't turn underneath him".

"When you're frustrated with second, that's a good sign about where your team's at". "We've kept chipping away at it and hopefully we get better from here on out". "It is home. It's one that I've been to many, many times when I wasn't racing", he said. Hamlin finished fifth in Saturday night's race.

Clint Bowyer came in third, pole victor Kevin Harvick finished fourth with Denny Hamlin completing the Top 5.

Truex has had some pretty good cars at Richmond over the years, vehicle good enough to win races, but for whatever reason he always seemed to come up short.

"We drove up to (Truex), and you get awful tight behind people", he said.

"We need to clean up some mistakes on our end", he said.

"At that last restart, I tried something a little bit different and it didn't work out. And all of a sudden Joey ran us down".

Points-leader Kyle Busch appeared to be a strong contender to win his fourth race of the season and second straight as he took the lead from pole-sitter Harvick on Lap 32 and then dominated the early portion of the race as he won the first stage. Brad Keselowski dropped to eighth during the cycle and Kyle Busch, seeking his third victory in a row on the 0.75-mile, D-shaped oval, his fourth of the season and second in a row, fell back to 10th.