KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Martin Truex Jr. put all his Kansas demons to rest by pulling away late to win Saturday night’s GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway.
Truex nailed the final restart with two laps to go and drove away from a trio of Fords for his second victory of 2017. The New Jersey native began the weekend fast off the truck while having a superior car on long runs during the 400-mile event.
“They’re all so special, these races are so hard to win,” Truex said. “I mean, any one of those restarts I could have gotten beat on, something could have happened, you just never know. I’m just so proud of everybody on this team. We won the Southern 500 with this car and now here, it’s just amazing.”
Truex grabbed the lead for good when he got around pole-sitter Ryan Blaney shortly after a lap 248 restart as Furniture Row Racing teammate Erik Jones stayed out and the 78 car shot to the outside of Blaney’s Motorcraft Ford to take over the top spot.
“I felt like if I could get out in front on those restarts, I’d be fine,” Truex said. “If I came out second or third after a lap or two, it took me a long time to pass those guys. So, I knew I had to go, I knew I had to make it happen. There’s no guarantee that you can make it happen, but we did. It was pretty awesome tonight.”