It was a family affair at The Monster Mile as the Truex Family had a weekend to remember. Two days after younger brother Ryan Truex took victory for the first time in the Xfinity Series on Saturday, Martin Truex Jr. – winless in 56 races – finally kicked the monkey as he took his fourth victory at the famous concrete mile track and punched his ticket to the NASCAR Playoffs.
Truex was largely out of the picture for the lead on Monday, with NASCAR delaying the start of Sunday’s race due to heavy rainfall, but the 19 team made steady adjustments to put him in contention in the final stage as he overtook Trackhouse’s Ross Chastain and never looked back. Chastain, who finished second, was once again involved in on-track shenanigans as he punted the 15 car of Brennon Poole into a spin that collected race-win favorite, Kyle Larson, putting him out of contention for a victory as he finished 32nd, 41 laps down from Truex.
Ryan Blaney, winless in 55 races, battled late for the win against Truex as he also looked to make a visit back to victory lane, but came up sort to finish 3rd ahead of William Byron. Toyota strung together a strong result for the manufacturer as Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell, and Tyler Reddick filled the 5th-7th slots ahead of RFK Teammated Brad Keselowski and Chris Buescher. Rounding out the top 10 was Josh Berry, filling in for the injured Alex Bowman.
Catch up on all the highlights from The Monster Mile below as the NASCAR tornado lands in Kansas for the AdventHealth 400 at the Kansas Speedway on May 7th.