Truex Wins At the Glen for His Fourth Victory This Season
It was a race of fuel strategy as Martin Truex, Jr. drove to his fourth win of the year in taking Sunday's I Love New York 355 Monster Energy Cup race at Watkins Glen. While he conserved fuel over the final laps he allowed Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney to pass him, then waited for them to run dry. The plan worked to perfection as Keselowski, then Blaney had to pit while Truex took back the lead and held off Matt Kenseth over the final lap and a half to win for the first time at the Glen.
Desperate for a victory for inclusion in the 16-driver Chase championship, Kenseth was forced to settle for second place. With four races left, he'll probably miss out if he doesn't come up with a victory over the next four weeks.
Rookie Daniel Suarez won the second stage and finished third for the best finish of his young career. Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer completed the Top 5.
Kyle Busch sporting a Tops Markets sponsorship led the first 20 laps from the pole to win the first stage, but problems in the pits put him well back on the restart. He had to return to his pit because of a loose wheel and was never in contention after that, but he did finish seventh.
Road race specialist Boris Said announced that this would be the final race of his long career. He drove a car sponsored by Genesee Beer.
An engine problem put Dale Earnhardt, Jr. out of the race early in his final start at Watkins Glen. He finished last.