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RESULTS

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Martin Truex Jr

19 |

5

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312

64

49

5

2

Joey Logano

22 |

9

Running

312

143

54

1

3

Denny Hamlin

11 |

3

Running

312

33

49

0

4

Brad Keselowski

2 |

1

Running

312

19

48

0

5

Chase Elliott

9 |

6

Running

312

0

40

0

6

Kevin Harvick

4 |

18

Running

312

0

40

0

7

Kyle Larson

5 |

2

Running

312

1

32

0

8

William Byron

24 |

10

Running

312

0

36

0

9

Christopher Bell

20 |

4

Running

312

0

29

0

10

Ryan Blaney

12 |

8

Running

312

35

43

1

11

Aric Almirola

10 |

32

Running

312

0

29

0

12

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

11

Running

312

1

25

0

13

Alex Bowman

48 |

21

Running

312

0

24

0

14

Matt DiBenedetto

21 |

20

Running

312

0

24

0

15

Kurt Busch

1 |

12

Running

312

0

22

0

16

Bubba Wallace

23 |

25

Running

312

4

21

0

17

Austin Dillon

3 |

13

Running

312

0

20

0

18

Chris Buescher

17 |

17

Running

312

0

19

0

19

Ross Chastain

42 |

22

Running

312

0

18

0

20

Erik Jones

43 |

14

Running

312

0

17

0

21

Daniel Suarez

99 |

27

Running

312

0

16

0

22

Chase Briscoe

14 |

26

Running

312

0

15

0

23

Michael McDowell

34 |

16

Running

312

0

14

0

24

Justin Haley

77 |

29

Running

312

0

0

0

25

Kyle Busch

18 |

7

Running

311

0

17

0

26

Ryan Preece

37 |

15

Running

311

0

11

0

27

Corey Lajoie

7 |

33

Running

311

12

10

0

28

Ryan Newman

6 |

19

Running

311

0

9

0

29

Tyler Reddick

8 |

23

Running

310

0

8

0

30

BJ McLeod

78 |

30

Running

309

0

0

0

31

Cole Custer

41 |

24

Running

308

0

6

0

32

Quin Houff

00 |

35

Running

305

0

5

0

33

James Davison

15 |

38

Running

303

0

4

0

34

Garrett Smithley

53 |

34

Running

300

0

0

0

35

Josh Bilicki

52 |

36

Power Steering

258

0

2

0

36

Cody Ware

51 |

31

Accident

101

0

0

0

37

Anthony Alfredo

38 |

28

Accident

87

0

1

0

38

Timmy Hill

66 |

37

Engine

15

0

0

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    Martin Truex Jr.

    #1

    LEADER

    Martin Truex Jr.

    19|

  • #2 | 1.698

    Joey Logano

    #2

    1.698

    Joey Logano

    22|

  • #3 | 2.161

    Denny Hamlin

    #3

    2.161

    Denny Hamlin

    11|

Martin Truex Jr. pulls off first NASCAR Cup Series win at Phoenix Raceway

Martin Truex Jr. overcame an early-race brush with the wall and took the lead on the final restart with 25 laps remaining to earn his first victory of 2021 and first in 31 career starts at Phoenix Raceway.

Truex‘s No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota ultimately held off Joey Logano‘s No. 22 Penske Racing Ford by a convincing 1.698 seconds for the win in the Instacart 500. The 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion Truex took the race lead from the outside on a bold restart move — pulling away in the closing laps of a spirited race that featured 22 lead changes. 

Truex, 40, of New Jersey, is now the fifth different winner in as many NASCAR Cup Series races this season joining Michael McDowell, Christopher Bell, William Byron and Kyle Larson, who have also earned spots in the playoffs.

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“Just an awesome job by everybody, (crew chief) James (Small), all the pit crew guys fixing it, just really solid,” said Truex, who now has 28 career wins. “At the beginning of the race I thought we were going to run 15th or so. Man, I just really can‘t believe it. I‘m kind of speechless.

“This feels pretty amazing. Phoenix has been a tough one for us.

“I wish it was November and I was in the final four,” he added with a smile, referring to the season championship finale at Phoenix Raceway later in the year. “Just so thankful and proud of everyone at JGR, everyone who makes this possible.”

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Statistically, Logano‘s Ford was the dominant car on the afternoon, leading a race best 143 of the 312 laps and winning Stage 2 — his first stage win of the year. His Penske teammate Ryan Blaney won Stage 1 (also his first stage victory of 2021) and all three Penske Racing cars finished in the top 10.  In all, the Penske trio of Logano, Blaney and Keselowski combined to lead 197 laps — out front 63 percent of the day.

Logano started alongside Truex on the front row for the final restart and mounted a challenge for the lead, but he couldn‘t hold off Truex even with a more favorable inside starting position.

“I was surprised he was able to hang with me on that (final) start,” a disappointed Logano conceded of Truex‘s winning move. “He had a good start, too, but I had a good one on the bottom and I thought might have short-cut it on the dogleg and I thought, boy I might have him cleared. Then we went into that corner still door-to-door and when you‘re door-to-door, the outside car has control.

“I‘m pretty sure even if I beat him even on that start he was still going to hound me and probably get by me. They had the best car. We had a good car for sure, but once they tuned it in toward the second stage, it was the best car on the race track.”

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Truex‘s JGR teammate Denny Hamlin was third, followed by Logano‘s teammate Brad Keselowski and last November‘s Phoenix winner Chase Elliott in fifth.

Kevin Harvick, a nine-time Phoenix winner, was sixth, earning his fourth top-10 finish in the season‘s opening five races. Last week‘s Las Vegas winner Kyle Larson was seventh, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron was eighth followed by JGR driver Christopher Bell and Blaney to round out the top 10.

Even without the victory, it was an impressive showing for the three Hendrick Motorsports cars that rallied to top-10 finishes. Elliott, Larson and Byron all had to start from the rear of the field on Sunday. And the fourth Hendrick car, driven by Alex Bowman, was equally resilient with a 13th-place finish despite hitting the wall and bringing out an early race caution flag.

RELATED: Early trouble for Alex Bowman at Phoenix

Larson, in particular put on a lesson in resiliency. He rallied to race among the top 10 — even lead a lap — a third of the way into the race but was sent back to the rear of the lead lap cars twice after that because of pit road speeding violations.

Hamlin, Keselowski and Logano — all still looking for their first 2021 wins — are 1-2-3 in the championship standings with Hamlin holding a 39-point edge over Keselowski as the series heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway for next weekend‘s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Note: The race winning No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Martin Truex Jr. passed NASCAR‘s post-race technical inspection. The No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet (Kurt Busch), the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (Kyle Busch) and the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet (William Byron) all had one lug nut safe and secure, while the No. 2 Team Penske Ford (Brad Keselowski) and the No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Team Chevrolet (Daniel Suarez) had two lug nuts not safe and secure.

Contributing: NASCAR.com staff reports