Martin Truex Jr. emerged triumphant in a race that saw him dominate at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where he had previously led 768 laps across nine races without ever placing higher than third. However, in the rain-delayed competition at the Loudon, N.H 1-mile oval, Truex and his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota were in control, leading 254 out of the 301 laps.
Even with three restarts in the closing 23 laps, Truex had to fight for the victory. He skillfully overtook Joey Logano in the final restart, with nine laps left and managed to stay ahead by 0.394 seconds, clinching the win.
This victory marks the third for Truex in the 2023 season and the 34th of his Cup career, at the age of 43.
Reflecting on his triumph, Truex expressed his pride in the team’s performance. He mentioned the frustration he had experienced in the past at this venue and the relief he felt upon finally securing a win.
Truex has now led a total of 1,022 laps in his last ten races at New Hampshire. The race also saw Kyle Larson secure third place, with Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski finishing fourth and fifth respectively. The top-10 was rounded off by Tyler Reddick, Denny Hamlin, Bubba Wallace, Austin Dillon, and Chase Briscoe.
Stage 1 of the race had Truex overcoming Byron to clinch the win, while Kyle Busch crashed into the wall in his No. 8 Chevrolet, resulting in significant damage. A heavy rainstorm led to some unusual pit stop strategies, with William Byron making a two-tire stop and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. maintaining his lead until he was overtaken by Byron and eventually Truex.
In Stage 2, Truex once again took the lead and successfully held off Larson to secure another stage victory. However, the race saw a sudden twist when Erik Jones spun out, triggering a caution and leading to a variety of pit stop strategies.
Stage 3 had Harvick leading off pit road during the break, with Truex staying on track to keep his lead. Truex managed to sustain a 1-second lead over Blaney as Logano held third place. However, a series of restarts due to incidents involving other drivers, such as Noah Gragson and Ty Gibbs, set up a tense finale, where Truex proved his mettle by holding off Logano and Larson for the win.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Martin Truex Jr. New Hampshire Victory
Who won the New Hampshire Cup race?
Martin Truex Jr. won the New Hampshire Cup race.
How many laps did Martin Truex Jr. lead in the New Hampshire Cup race?
Martin Truex Jr. led 254 of the 301 laps in the New Hampshire Cup race.
Which season win is this for Martin Truex Jr. in 2023?
This is the third win for Martin Truex Jr. in the 2023 season.
How many career Cup wins does Martin Truex Jr. have?
As of this race, Martin Truex Jr. has 34 career Cup wins.
Who were the top five finishers in the race?
The top five finishers were Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, and Brad Keselowski.
Who led the race after the break between Stages 2 and 3?
After the break between Stages 2 and 3, Martin Truex Jr. remained on the track and in the lead.
What was the cause of the seventh caution in the race?
The seventh caution was caused by a collision involving Ty Gibbs and Alex Bowman.