Tonight’s Martinsville mid-week Cup race looked awesome to watch with a mix of great battles plus some spins at this racetrack.
Stage 1 and at least the first half of Stage 2 looked brighter than ever for Joey Logano, who performed well ahead of the race field.
Though the 2nd half of the night went downhill thanks to Logano’s struggles with the long-run speed & the spin from the No.53 Rick Ware car with under 200 to go saw a change of hands upfront.
And Logano could not recover ever since where he finished 4th.
The same struggles have experienced in Jimmie Johnson, who also enjoyed the last half of Stage 2, including the mini win off pit road ahead of the final stage.
But a poor restart immediately also saw Johnson slip away a few spots even though the cautions along the way did not make a difference in the 10th.
In the end, Martin Truex Jr. took advantage of Logano’s struggles with the race car as well as the two yellow encounters in Stage 3.
Despite suffering a right front-end issue earlier on, the meat inside Truex’s race car, such as the incredible speed & the clean air in strengthening the defense among the race field aided his successful chase on the run home in victory lane.
It is Truex’s first win of 2020 and now has four short track wins to his name at the top level alongside his back to back wins at Martinsville, where he first won here nine months ago.
So great to see a Toyota halt a two-week dominance from the Ford camp.
We’ve seen Denny Hamlin take out the Daytona 500 season opener in February & the 2nd Darlington race last month with Truex joining him as the 2nd Toyota driver that merited both in victory lane and the immunity Playoffs ticket that will begin from September.
We all first thought that tonight’s race would cancel if heavy rain holds us back, but those fears now wiped off anyway as we can’t wait for this Sunday’s Cup event at Homestead-Miami.