The winner of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway was the epitome of a leader.
Martin Truex Jr. led 248 of the race’s 293 laps as he drove to victory in the Goodyear 400. Capturing his third victory of the 2021 season, he is the only multi-race winner this year, and the 30th victory of his career.
Truex held off Kyle Larson at the end of Stage 3 and then extended his lead to 2,571 seconds at the end.
Below is more information on Truex’s win on Sunday, plus full race results.
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Martin Truex Jr. took control of the race early and never gave up. He swept all three stages, something that makes his career historic – he’s the first stage winner at Darlington to win a race there.
“I’m glad I was able to do that,” Truex told Fox Sports’ Regan Smith in an on-court interview. “We have won a lot of stages here in the last two years. It’s always Lady Luck who has got us, the position on the track, it would be one thing or the other.”
His team knew how dominant the No. 19 car was:
Kyle Larson tried with all his might to run Truex over on Stage 3 when the lapping traffic slowed down the lead, but Truex eventually pulled away and Larson fainted.
“I actually had a chance to get through him in the middle of (turns) 1 and 2, but I thought he would be patient and maybe get him to use his stuff,” Larson told Fox Sports. “But he was a little bit better than me at long runs. I wish I could have taken that opportunity, but I thought it was going to be a little different.”
Darlington NASCAR Results
Truex and Larson finished well ahead of the rest of the Goodyear 400 in NASCAR’s annual throwback weekend. Third-place driver Kyle Busch was 6,209 seconds behind the winner. William Byron and his Truex teammate Denny Hamlin completed the top five.
Hamlin maintained his big lead in the Cup Series points standings with a ninth top-five finish, the best in the series, but also remained winless in the first 12 races of the season.
As if things couldn’t get any better for Truex, he will race at his home track, Dover (Delaware) International Speedway, next Sunday at the Drydene 400 (2pm ET; FS1, TSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Truex hails from Mayetta, NJ, which is about two hours northeast of the track.
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