Truex leads JGR 1-2-3 sweep with playoff win at Richmond – NASCAR

Truex leads JGR 1-2-3 sweep with playoff win at Richmond - NASCAR
What drivers said after Richmond
Martin Truex Jr. has never earned back-to-back wins in his career, but on Saturday, the veteran driver came away with the checkered flag for the second consecutive NASCAR Playoff race.

He edged out Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones at the Federated Auto Parts 400 at the Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia.

“I dont even know what to say, I really dont,” Truex told the NBC broadcast after the race. “Im speechless.

Truex Jr. sweeps Richmond as JGR takes top 4

“We kept plugging away at it, kept plugging away at it, as we always do. We just keep digging and we never quit. Next thing you know Im catching (Kyle Busch) for the lead. Im like, Cool, here we go. The sweep at Richmond, finally, is awesome.”

Heavy traffic expected for NASCAR races

He spun out after contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. while leading and then restarted in third place. Truex eventually passed Kyle Busch, who led for 202 laps, with 26 to go.

The top 10 was rounded out by Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and Daniel Suarez.

Chris Gayle, Crew Chief for @erik_jones has confirmed to @ClaireBLang on the SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Post-Race Show, that the number 20 team has failed Post-Race inspection. Stay tuned to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio for continuing coverage. The team was originally credited with 4th.

At all three NASCAR national series, there are a number of eliminations that will take place as the playoffs progress. This will leave a crop of drivers for the series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where they will race straight-up for the title as the first of the four championship-eligible drivers to cross the finish line is crowned the champion.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – 16 drivers, four rounds – Playoffs begin at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Cutoff races: Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course, Kansas Speedway, ISM Raceway at Phoenix

– Win Stage 1 or Stage 2 in a race: 1 playoff point (point awarded per stage win) – Win a race: 5 playoff points – Win the regular-season championship: 15 playoff points

Second place in the final regular-season standings earns 10 playoff points, third place receives eight points, and the points awarded decline to one point for 10th (4th = 7 points, 5th = 6 points, etc.).

Championship-contending drivers can accumulate additional playoff points throughout the playoffs via stage and race wins and may use all the playoff points they earn, from both the regular season and the playoffs, to advance all the way up to the Championship 4.

Playoff points are added to a championship-contending drivers reset points total at the start of every round of the Playoffs until they are eliminated from championship contention.

If a driver accumulates playoff points during the regular season but does not qualify for the playoffs, their playoff points are eliminated from the scoreboard.

At Homestead-Miami, playoff points are off the table and the Championship four drivers enter the winner-take-all race tied in the standings. 

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) – Heavy traffic is expected in the Richmond Raceway after for NASCARs races on Friday and Saturday night.

The Go Bowling 250 Xfinity Series races gets underway at 7 p.m. Friday. Increased traffic is expected throughout the day, with the most congestion occurring mid-afternoon and leave evening.

The Federate Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy 2 NASCAR Cup Series starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with heavy traffic expected all day.

The Hanover Sheriffs Office urges drivers to avoid Atlee Road both days and to use Shady Grove Road as an alternative.

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