The winner of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Collection race achieved a pair of firsts.
Martin Truex Jr. overcame an early-race brush with the wall and took the lead on the ultimate restart with 25 laps remaining to earn his first victory of 2021 and first in 31 profession begins at Phoenix Raceway.
Truex’s No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota finally held off Joey Logano’s No. 22 Penske Racing Ford by a convincing 1.698 seconds for the win within the Instacart 500. The 2017 NASCAR Cup Collection champion took the race lead from the surface on a daring restart transfer and pulled away within the closing laps of a spirited race that featured 22 lead adjustments.
Beneath is extra about Truex’s win, plus the whole outcomes of Sunday’s race.
Who gained the NASCAR race yesterday?
Martin Truex Jr. grew to become the fifth completely different winner in as many NASCAR Cup Collection races this season, becoming a member of Michael McDowell, Christopher Bell, William Byron and Kyle Larson. Their wins have earned them spots within the playoffs.
“I want it was November and I used to be within the Ultimate 4,” Truex mentioned, referring to the season championship finale at Phoenix later within the 12 months.
Logano led a race-best 143 of the 312 laps and gained Stage 2, his first stage win of the 12 months. His Penske Racing teammate Ryan Blaney gained Stage 1 (additionally his first stage victory of 2021) and all three Penske Racing vehicles completed within the high 10. In all, the Penske trio of Logano, Blaney and Brad Keselowski mixed to guide 197 laps — 63 p.c of the day.
NASCAR outcomes from Phoenix
Truex’s JGR teammate Denny Hamlin was third, adopted by Keselowski. Final November’s Phoenix winner, Chase Elliott, was fifth.
Kevin Harvick, a nine-time Phoenix winner, was sixth, his fourth top-10 end within the season’s opening 5 races. Larson, final week’s Las Vegas winner, was seventh and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Byron was eighth, adopted by Bell and Blaney to spherical out the highest 10.
Hamlin, Keselowski and Logano — all nonetheless in search of their first 2021 wins — are 1-2-3 within the championship standings, with Hamlin holding a 39-point edge over Keselowski because the sequence heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway for subsequent weekend’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (3 p.m. ET Sunday; Fox, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
NASCAR at Phoenix outcomes
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|12||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
Holly Cain writes for the NASCAR Wire Service.
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