Martin’s #19 Toyota failed pre-race inspection twice earning him the penalty of starting the race at the back of the field. Chase Elliott started the race from the pole position and looked poised to dominate the race early. Chase led a race high 145 laps in the 400 lap race. In fact, he led nearly all the laps in stage one. However, near the end of the stage Joey Logano was able to get out front to win the stage.
Martin Truex Jr. worked his way forward through the first half of the race until he took the lead and won stage two. Martin was one of 11 drivers to lead the race and challenged Chase’s lap leading total remaining out front for 132 total laps in the race. The most important lap was the final lap allowing Martin to claim his second win of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and his third cup series win on the Monster Mile.
Alex Bowman claimed the second place finish for a second race in a row. Kyle Larson finally avoided bad luck and finished in third place. Kevin Harvick finished in fourth place with Chase Elliott rounding out the top five. See the complete race results in the Gander RV 400 here.
Kyle Busch and Joey Logano continue to hold spots one and two respectively in the point standings. Kevin Harvick moves up a spot to third place with Denny Hamlin falling back a spot to fourth. Race winner Martin Truex Jr. moves up to round out the top five in the standings. See the complete Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point standings here.
By: Buck Stevens