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Martin Truex Jr. Wins 2nd Straight Race with Victory at 2019 NASCAR at Richmond

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorSeptember 22, 2019

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on September 21, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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Martin Truex Jr. earned his second straight win to open the 2019 Monster Energy Cup Series playoffs after holding off Kyle Busch to take the Federated Auto Parts 400 in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday. 

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RETWEET to congratulate @MartinTruex_Jr on sweeping the season at @RichmondRaceway! https://t.co/IdM4U1I6mi

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CHECKERED FLAG: Break out the brooms! @MartinTruex_Jr sweeps @RichmondRaceway and goes back-to-back to open the #NASCARPlayoffs! Results: https://t.co/RMpI3HyfhQ https://t.co/QMpD5H5byY

Truex, who won the South Point 400 in Las Vegas last Sunday, also won Stage 1. He is atop the Monster Energy Cup Series leaderboard with six wins and first in the playoff standings.

Busch paced the field by leading for 202 laps and won Stage 2. He's first in laps led and stages won this season.

Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones finished third and fourth, respectively, giving Joe Gibbs Racing the top four Richmond finishers.

Here's a look at the top-10 results, the latest playoff standings, a quick recap and some highlights and reaction.

                   

Top-10 Results

1. Martin Truex Jr.

2. Kyle Busch

3. Denny Hamlin

4. Erik Jones

5. Brad Keselowski

6. Ryan Newman

7. Kyle Larson

8. Kevin Harvick

9. Clint Bowyer

10. Daniel Suarez

Full results can be found on NASCAR.com.

        

Top-16 Playoff Standings Post-Richmond:

1. Martin Truex Jr.

2. Kevin Harvick

3. Kyle Busch

4. Denny Hamlin

5. Brad Keselowski

6. Joey Logano

7. Chase Elliott

8. Kyle Larson

9. Ryan Newman

10. Ryan Blaney

11. Aric Almirola

12. William Byron

13. Alex Bowman

14. Erik Jones

15. Clint Bowyer

16. Kurt Busch

Results via NBC Sports Network broadcast.

     

The evening didn't look particularly promising for Truex after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun him out in the final stage:

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🚨 @MartinTruex_Jr gets spun by @StenhouseJr! 🚨 The No. 19 was the leader! https://t.co/aTN7mElH1O

Aaron Bearden of Motorsports Beat provided some context behind the spin:

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Truex's spin came at the hand of Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who clipped him while trying to pass with fresh tires. He only dropped to third, though. That'll likely ruin Stenhouse's top-10 bid. He's still a lap down. #NASCAR

However, Truex lined up third when he returned to the track:

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Despite all that, @MartinTruex_Jr will line up in third! A sigh of relief from the 19 team. https://t.co/Cz5ft42mWO

By that point, Busch held the lead, but Truex drove his way back into contention and eventually passed him with 25 laps left:

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He's there! @MartinTruex_Jr | @KyleBusch https://t.co/0P8BV9aGJa

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At the line ... @MartinTruex_Jr leads! https://t.co/xd5IRCw0my

Truex stayed in first for the rest of the night before a post-race celebration:

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Statement made. @MartinTruex_Jr might be the man to beat in the #NASCARPlayoffs. https://t.co/fjd15WjtK6

The Monster Energy Cup Series will return Sunday, Sept. 29 with the Bank of America ROVAL 400 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Charlotte Motor Speedway race will conclude the first round of the playoffs. Afterward, the 16-driver playoff field will be cut down to 12.

Per Kelly Crandall of RACER, Truex, Harvick and Busch have clinched top-12 spots.

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