Truex Jr. wins "junior circuit" battle at Gateway
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"This is special, I grew up on short track racing on Saturday nights," said Truex Jr. This Taco Bell Chevrolet, what a crew, what a race car."
Truex Jr. led the first 29 laps before surrendering the lead to Hornaday Jr. The pair traded the lead over the first half of the 200-lap event with Truex Jr. leading 47 laps and Hornaday Jr. leading 52 laps.
The second half of the race was all Truex Jr. Only twice was the No.8 Chevrolet driver in any danger.
Following Truex Jr.'s final pit stop on lap 145, he was forced to hold his breath for 21 laps until
The other moment came when making a pass of
None of the scenarios came to pass and Truex Jr. cruised to Victory Lane. He led 122 of 200 laps.
Greg Biffle also had a fast car, but couldn't keep it on the lead lap due to mechanical problems. The wheel studs on his left-rear hub became stripped and the team brought him in on numerous occasions to make repairs. Still, the winner of last week's Stater Bros. 300 at the California Speedway refused to give up and finished a well-earned seventh.
Truex Jr.'s win gives the youngster the championship lead after 10 events. He passed
The next Busch race, the Funai 250, is scheduled for Friday night May 14th at the Richmond International Raceway.