MENCS: Martin Truex Jr. Tames Miles the Monster


DOVER, Del. —Martin Truex Jr. won Stage 2 and saw the checkers Monday afternoon in the Gander RV 400 at Dover International Speedway. This is second win of the year for Truex and his No. 19 team since moving to Joe Gibbs Racing this season.

Dover, a home track for Truex Jr., is the first track that he has three wins at, and “man, it feels incredible,” Truex Jr. exclaimed post-race.

“We came here with a new setup this time,” Truex Jr. noted in Victory Lane. “We had an older setup from 2016. We’d been good, but not good enough. Hats off to Cole and James and everybody.”

When asked about the new setup for Dover, crew chief Cole Pearn added “I think we’d kind of been stuck working around the same things for the last four or five years. We were fortunate enough to get a win a few years ago. After that, we’ve always been third, fourth. Always been good, but just fought kind of the same terminal issues.”

Truex Jr. had to drive from the back of the pack as his car failed pre-race inspection, and with Dover known as a track that’s hard to pass, “I promise, it wasn’t easy. It was a lot of work. It was tough.”

Truex ended the day leading 132 laps at the one-mile track. This is his third win at Dover and is fifth in the driver standings.

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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