Martin Truex Jr. led the final 131 laps of the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Wednesday night to win his second consecutive NASCAR Cup Series Race at the famous short track and claim another grandfather clock to add to his collection.
Truex claimed the First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway back in the fall and became the first driver since Jimmie Johnson to win the fall to spring back-to-back when Johnson did it in 2012-2013.
Truex also can lay claim to being the first Cup Series driver to win under the lights at Martinsville as Wednesday’s race was the first night race in the tracks 73-year history.
“We’ve been working a long time at trying to figure this place out and just chipping away at it. The last couple of years we’ve been really strong,” said Truex in a release by Martinsville Speedway. “The first run of the race when the track was green we pushed the right-front tire off in 30 laps, and I was like ‘oh man this is going to be a long night.’ From there on we just kept making adjustments. We got up towards the front and then we had a pit road penalty and had to go to the back. It was really difficult to get through the field. Once we got near the front, I was like, okay we got something. Then we made one more adjustment and the thing took off. I knew we were knocking the door the last month, we just had to get things to go our way and tonight we made the right calls.”
Truex has now won four consecutive races in the commonwealth after sweeping the Cup Series races at Richmond Raceway in 2019 and the last two Cup races at Martinsville Speedway.
Joey Logano looked like he was going to run away with the race early on as he was the Stage 1 winner and led a race-high 234 laps. Logano lapped nearly half of the field early on before the rest of the field was able to settle in.
Jimmie Johnson, the nine-time Martinsville winner, was the winner of Stage 2 and led 70 laps on the night. Truex led 132 total laps.
Ryan Blaney, who was on the pole for the race on Wednesday via a random draw, overcame a pit-road penalty late in the race to finish in second place. Brad Keselowski finished in third place followed by Joey Logano and Chase Elliot rounding out the top five.
Alex Bowman, Matt DiBenedetto, William Byron, Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top 10.
Martinsville Speedway will be back in the fall beginning with the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series on Friday, Oct. 30. The Xfinity Series will race on Saturday, Oct. 31 and the Cup Series will finish out the weekend with the Xfinity 500 on Sunday, Nov. 1.