NASCAR at Martinsville 2020 Results: Martin Truex Jr. Cruises to Win
Martin Truex Jr. took the lead with 129 laps remaining in the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Wednesday and didn’t look back, claiming his first NASCAR Cup Series checkered flag this season.
Retweet to congratulate @MartinTruex_Jr on his second consecutive win at @MartinsvilleSwy! #BlueEmu500 https://t.co/RWKBgCEgNs
“It feels a little strange out here, to be honest.”- @MartinTruex_Jr is excited after his Martinsville win, but he misses you, NASCAR fans. https://t.co/lLxvLv2Wqu
Ryan Blaney came in second, 4.705 seconds behind Truex, followed by Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Chase Elliott to round out the top five. The race featured 13 lead changes.
Logano captured stage points by winning Stage 1, while Jimmie Johnson notched his first stage win of this season in Stage 2:
Jimmie Johnson wins the second stage at Martinsville. It’s his first stage win of the season. https://t.co/4IlaqgJmq2
Joey Logano wins Stage 1. Bubba Wallace hangs onto P5 with his two-tire call, but LaJoie ends up P17 after staying out. Here’s the top 10 for that stage: 1. Logano 2. Bowyer 3. Johnson 4. Truex 5. Wallace 6. Elliott 7. KuBusch 8. Harvick 9. DiBenedetto 10. Byron
There’s a stage win for Jimmie Johnson. He wins Stage 2. Others getting stage points: 2. Blaney 3. Logano 4. Bowman 5. Harvick 6. Wallace 7. Byron 8. Elliott 9. KuBusch 10. Reddick
This marked Truex’s second top-five finish, having crossed the line third at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway last Sunday.
Bubba Wallace called this the “biggest race of my career” earlier Wednesday, as he designed his No. 43 car in a Black Lives Matter paint scheme and led the banning of Confederate flags from all NASCAR events:
“Probably the biggest race of my career.”- @BubbaWallace is ready for Martinsville with his #BlackLivesMatter No. 43 machine. #HotPass | @RPMotorsports https://t.co/52PsRgqR00
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[email protected]’s special “Black Lives Matter” paint scheme for Martinsville. Wallace is the only black driver in @NASCAR. https://t.co/ke4L83io2o
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“Get them out of here. They have no place for them.” Two days after Bubba Wallace called for the removal of Confederate flags at NASCAR races, NASCAR banned the flag from all events https://t.co/zrQEo8jKnn
Wallace claimed 11th, narrowly missing out on his second top-10 Cup Series result.
[email protected] finished Wednesday night in Martinsville battling 7-time champion @JimmieJohnson for a top-10 finish. https://t.co/Bc5dqm2khK
Further down the standings, Kyle Busch (19th), Denny Hamlin (24th) and Austin Dillon (37th) were among drivers who experienced brake and tire issues:
100 laps down, 400 to go at Martinsville. Unexpected race so far with the tire wear and some big names having trouble. It’s Logano-Bowyer-KuBusch-Elliott-Truex in the top five so far.
“Tires are coming apart here,” one team says. “Tires are wore out. Everyone up and down here has got cords on the right sides,” another team says. Something to keep an eye on.
[email protected] struggling big time early on, running in 18th. “I’m just f*cked up,” he says. “I don;t know what you’re gonna f*cking fix. I’m loose in, plowing the center.” #BlueEmu500 | #NASCAR
Kyle Busch has a brake issue. Team smells it. “I go to the brake pedal, it doesn’t do anything. It doesn’t slow down. As I build heat, it starts to work and then it locks down.” Busch says Truex is the same. “We have a problem.”
Caution! Early tire trouble for Austin Dillon in the No. 3 machine. https://t.co/ecRFJpANfU
Dillon was only able to complete 399 of the race’s 500 laps because of a broken crush panel:
Austin Dillon is out of the No. 3 after a broken crush panel exposed him to fumes and extreme heat at Martinsville. https://t.co/tlwDlHyfZ0
Kevin Harvick, the 15th-place finisher, entered Martinsville atop the Cup Series leaderboard, with Truex 87 points off the No. 1 spot in fifth place. Harvick was fresh off winning the QuikTrip 500 but struggled with a dead battery in the early going.
Truex will look to continue gaining ground on Harvick at the Dixie Vodka 400, set for Homestead-Miami Speedway on June 14.
Martin Truex Jr. took the lead with 129 laps remaining in the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Wednesday and didn't look back, claiming his first NASCAR Cup Series checkered flag this season…
Martinsville results 2020
Tuesday, June 9
** ACCESS RESTRICTED – ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ONLY **
3:30 PM-5:30 PM DRIVER/OWNER MOTORHOME PARKING (SCREENING IN PROGRESS)
4:00 PM-4:30 PM NCS ROOKIE MEETING (TELECONFERENCE)
5:00 PM NCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION)
Wednesday, June 10
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** ENTRANCE SCHEDULE AVAILABLE BY DEPARTMENT **
8:00 AM-11:00 AM NCS HAULERS ENTER (SCREENING & EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)
11:00 AM-6:30 PM NCS GARAGE ACCESS SCREENING IN PROGRESS
3:30 PM-4:00 PM PACE VEHICLE CALIBRATION
5:00 PM-6:00 PM NCS ENGINE PRIME & FINAL ADJUSTMENTS (PIT ROAD)
6:30 PM TRACK SERVICES MEETING (RADIO CHANNEL ASSIGNMENT)
6:50 PM NCS DRIVERS REPORT TO VEHICLES (GRID LOCATION)
7:00 PM NCS RACE (STAGES 130/260/500 LAPS = 263 MILES )
11:00 PM Approx NCS HAULERS EXIT
Martin Truex Jr. seizes first win of 2020 at Martinsville: Martin Truex Jr. won his second consecutive Martinsville Speedway race Wednesday night, ultimately cruising to a 4.232-second victory over a super competitive Team Penske trio of cars in the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500. Compared to his dominating victory at the half-mile track last Fall (he led 464 of 500 laps), Truex had to negotiate and muscle his way to the front this time. “We’ve been working a long-time on trying to figure this place out and just been chipping away at it,” said Truex, who drives the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry.[Read More](6-10-2020)
#19-Martin Truex, Jr. won the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway. The win is his 1st of the year, 2nd win at Martinsville and 27th career win.
Pole sitter #12-Blaney finished 2nd followed by #2-Keselowski, #22-Logano, #9-Elliott, #88-Bowman, #21-DiBenedetto, #24-Byron, #1-Busch, and #48-Johnson.
Truex passed Keselowski for the lead with 130 laps remaining and never looked back, winning by more than 4 seconds.
The race was the first Cup race held at night at Martinsville Speedway.
Stage 1 was won by #22-Logano. Stage 2 was won by #48-Johnson.
There were 14 lead changes among 8 drivers and 7 cautions for 52 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 77.378mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Drivers Points Standings, Owners Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.
Race Fast Facts – Martinsville:
Martin Truex Jr. won the 71st Annual Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500, his 27th victory, 104th top five and 211th top 10 in 524 NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2020.
This is his second victory and 13th top-10 finish in 29 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Ryan Blaney (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in nine races at Martinsville Speedway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2020.
Brad Keselowski (third) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 21 races at Martinsville Speedway.
Tyler Reddick (16th) was the highest finishing rookie.
This is ninth time a driver of a Toyota has won in the NASCAR Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway.
This is the 11th win for Joe Gibbs Racing at Martinsville Speedway.
Cup Series Playoff Standings after Martinsville:
1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 452 pts
2) #22-Joey Logano [2 wins], 424
3) #2-Brad Keselowski [2 win], 380
4) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 win], 335
5) #9-Chase Elliott [1 win], 405
6) #19-Martin Truex, Jr. [1 win], 381
7) #88-Alex Bowman [1 win], 352
8) #12-Ryan Blaney, 361, -91
19) #18-Kyle Busch, 326, -126
10) #1-Kurt Busch, 318, -134
11) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 301, -151
12) #14-Clint Bowyer, 288, -164
13) #21-Matt DiBenedetto, 278, -174
14) #10-Aric Almirola, 264, -188
15) #20-Erik Jones, 257-, 195
16) #24-William Byron, 254, -198
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.
Cars to the rear: #51-Gase (failed pre-race inspection 5 times)
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway have been made.
Pits were chosen based on Atlanta race finishes.
Atlanta race winner #4-Harvick chose pit stall 1.
Atlanta 2nd place finisher #18-Busch took the 22nd stall, with an opening in front of it.
See all pit choices on Pit Stall chart.(6-9-2020)
#12-Ryan Blaney will start from the pole for the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.
#10-Almirola will start second, followed by #22-Logano, #14-Bowyer, #19-Truex, #2-Keselowski, #18-Busch, #88-Bowman, #1-Busch and #4-Harvick.
The lineup was set by random draw based on owner points.
See the complete Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Starting Lineup.(6-8-2020)
Entry List for the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #7-Sorenson, #27-Yeley, #51-Gase, #53-David Starr, #66-Hill, #77-Smithley, #78-McLeod.
Since 39 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
- Order based on finishing position from the June 7 race at Atlanta, followed by new entries in order of points.
- Positions 1-12: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points
- Positions 13-24: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points
- Positions 25-36: Random draw from charter teams in those positions in owner points
- Positions 37-40: Open teams in order of owners points
Martinsville results 2020 Tuesday, June 9 ** ACCESS RESTRICTED – ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL ONLY ** 3:30 PM-5:30 PM DRIVER/OWNER MOTORHOME PARKING (SCREENING IN PROGRESS) 4:00 PM-4:30 PM NCS