Sunday, October 2, 2016

Truex Wins at Dover, Dillon Transfers to Round 2

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Martin Truex Jr. won the Citizen Soldier 400 from Dover International Speedway on Sunday afternoon, leading 187 of 400 laps in dominating fashion.

The victory was the fourth of the season for Truex, who said the win shows his team is here to win.
“We’re not messing around,” Truex said.  “We are here to get it done, and this is the best bunch of guys you could ever ask for.”

Truex has had his fair share of struggles in the past, and he said this is the best start to the Chase he could ever ask for.
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“I can remember going home on days really frustrated.  The last month and a half has just been ridiculous; it’s been like a fairytale dream.”

The race was also the final race of the first round for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.  Austin Dillon was able to advance after Ganassi Racing teammates Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson had trouble early on.  Larson was upset following the race after a pit road penalty put the race out of reach.

“A nice little Christmas present to Austin there from the Ganassi cars,” Larson said.

Dillon said his car was one of the fastest his team has had all season.  After locking himself into the next round, Dillon believes his team has what it takes to play spoiler to some of the top contenders.

“Now it’s time to knock some of these guys out,” Dillon said.  “We’ve got this opportunity, and we’re going to be the underdog in this next round.” 

Unofficial results:
1. Martin Truex Jr.
2. Kyle Busch
3. Chase Elliott
4. Brad Keselowski
5. Matt Kenseth
6. Joey Logano
7. Jimmie Johnson
8. Austin Dillon
9. Denny Hamlin
10. Jeff Gordon
11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
12. Kasey Kahne
13. Tony Stewart
14. Carl Edwards
15. Kurt Busch
16. Aric Almirola
17. Ryan Newman
18. Greg Biffle
19. AJ Allmendinger
20. Trevor Bayne
21. Brian Scott
22. Paul Menard
23. Chris Buescher
24. Clint Bowyer
25. Kyle Larson
26. Casey Mears
27. Matt DiBenedetto
28. Danica Patrick
29. Landon Cassill
30. David Ragan
31. Regan Smith
32. Ty Dillon
33. Michael Annett
34. Timmy Hill
35. Reed Sorenson
36. Jeffrey Earnhardt
37. Kevin Harvick
38. Ryan Blaney
39. Josh Wise
40. Jamie McMurray

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