The winner of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Sequence race completed 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 in the end 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 Sequence champion took the race lead from the skin on a daring restart transfer and pulled away within the closing laps of a spirited race that featured 22 lead modifications.
Under is extra about Truex’s win, plus the whole outcomes of Sunday’s race.
Who received the NASCAR race yesterday?
Martin Truex Jr. turned the fifth completely different winner in as many NASCAR Cup Sequence 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 Last 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 received Stage 2, his first stage win of the 12 months. His Penske Racing teammate Ryan Blaney received 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 steer 197 laps — 63 % 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
|1||Martin Truex Jr.|
|12||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
Holly Cain writes for the NASCAR Wire Service.