Motorsport News

Even With Pit Road Miscues, Joe Gibbs Racing Showed Up Big in Dover Cup Race

NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. celebrates in victory lane after winning the Wurth 400 at Dover Motor Speedway, NKP

DOVER, Del. – NASCAR’s annual trip to The Monster Mile proved to be a weekend (and weekday) of celebration for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Ryan Truex scored his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win in dominating fashion on Saturday (April 29), while older brother Martin Truex Jr. snapped a 54-race winless drought with his fourth Cup Series win at Dover on Monday (May 1).

With 202 Cup wins and 197 Xfinity wins for JGR, the team is just one win away from a milestone 400 victories in NASCAR’s highest levels.

There were smiles all around during Monday’s postrace press conference.

“Man, [this weekend’s] up there,” Truex said. “I always have trouble kind of separating wins and what means the most here or there. And you know, I can’t even pick favorites when it comes to tracks or dinner.

“I just try to live in the moment, honestly. I try to enjoy each one; they’re all special, they’re all important. This one’s been awesome aside from being bored all weekend sitting in the bus watching it rain.”

Team owner Joe Gibbs also made his intentions clear about Truex going forward: if he wants to race at JGR, he’ll race at JGR.

“I think [a win] is huge, and we’re definitely talking to Martin about next year,” Joe Gibbs said. “We want him to stay with us as long as we can convince him to do that. I think the best way of doing that is winning races and having a chance to win a championship. The best sales job we can do.”

Behind a victorious Truex, JGR was able to put all four cars in the top 13. An impressive feat, nonetheless, but if it wasn’t for a few miscues, the day might’ve been ever better.

Denny Hamlin finished fifth, and he was hounding William Byron (who led a race-high 193 laps) for much of the first two stages. But every time Hamlin got close to the lead, it seemed that pit stops sent him right back.

“One of the fastest cars, that was a positive for sure,” Hamlin said. “[Pit crew’s] been a concern for years. Obviously, it’s a concern every time a caution comes out. A 90% chance of losing spots, so the race just has to fall perfectly for us to contend. …

“We’re just in a major slump. I’ve had different guys, different pit crews, but ultimately, we come in and struggle to not lose two, three spots. We lose eight, we lose 10 and we just can’t race that way.”

Click Here to Read the Full Original Article at …