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Truex Thrives in New Hampshire

Credit: LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE - JULY 17: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #19 Reser's Fine Foods Toyota, is presented Loudon the Lobster in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Crayon 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 17, 2023 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Martin Truex Jr. reels in a Lobster of a Trophy at the “Magic Mile”

Louden, New Hampshire – July 17, 2023 – Anthony Holbrook

The NASCAR Cup Series set sails July 17, 2023, to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Crayon 301. The 1.058-mile track is the flattest oval NASCAR Cup Series present schedule. The paper-clip shape provides two straightaways of 1,500 feet each, making the track 46.3% turns. The turn radius is the same in all four corners: 450 feet. The turns are progressively banked from four degrees near the apron to seven degrees by the outside wall. With few sands left within the hourglass, race teams challenge 301 circuits on the “Magic Mile” in quest for playoff security. Unfortunately, Race Teams must respect the NASCAR Officials ruling along with Mother Nature involvement to postpone the schedule Crayon 301 until the following Monday at high noon. Martin Truex Jr., Last year’s event pole sitter while winning the first 2 Stages and dominating a race-high 182 laps, fell victim to a late pit two tire strategy call of which decelerated his chances to prosper. Martin Truex Jr. was in hopes History would not repeat.

Crayon 301 – Recap:
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Stage 1
Odds favorite Martin Truex Jr. is challenged from Christopher Bell for the opening Stage lead, Truex Jr falls in line and patiently stays in contention of front runners. Race teams’ strategies to pit surfaced as A.J. Almendinger’s Caution gave the crew chiefs an opportunity to decide. Most of the Race Teams opt for service while a few jeopardize the risk
and stay out including Daytona 500 Winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr… Eventual attrition will overtake tire wear allowing William Byron to wear the Big Hat over taking Stenhouse Jr. for the post. With the cream rising to the top, Martin Truex Jr works his way to the front controlling the leadpassing Willy B on lap 43 cruising to the checkers. Martin Truex Jr. wins the opening Stage 1 at the Magic Mile.

Crayon 301 – Results:
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Stage 1

  1. Martin Truex Jr
  2. William Byron
  3. Tyler Reddick
  4. Aric Almirola
  5. Ryan Blaney
  6. Christopher Bell
  7. Denny Hamlin
  8. Daniel Suarez
  9. Joey Logano
  10. Michael McDowel

Crayon 301 – Recap:
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Stage 2
Martin Truex Jr. continues his dominance campaign securing Stage 2 opening lead. Truex Jr. controlled the first quarter only to surrender with a caution, waved for Erik Jones. Aric Almirola will be awarded the short-lived lead. Almirola shall be a product of his own misfortune attempting to complete the Stage with 3 Goodyears. Caution is waved alternating Kyle Larson and Joey Logano to battle for the front position after pit services and lane alignment set. Martin Truex Jr. muscles to the front resume the lead as Kyle Larson and Joey Logano both shrink in his rear-view mirror. Martin Truex Jr. wins the first 2 Stages at New Hampshire Speedway.

Crayon 301 – Results:
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Stage 2

  1. Martin Truex Jr
  2. Kyle Larson
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Ryan Blaney
  5. Denny Hamlin
  6. Kevin Harvick
  7. Alex Bowman
  8. Brad Keselowski
  9. Tyler Reddick
  10. Christopher Bell

Crayon 301 – Recap:
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Final Stage

Real estate ownership invites a yellow flag as liquid adrenaline overpowers collective thinking. Alex Bowman is collected in the 4 wide melees coming out of Turn 2, destroying positive finishes for many competitors involved.
14 remaining schedule rotations around the Magic Mile is halted courtesy of Christopher Bell. Team hast to position themselves for a final shoot out to decide the victor. The Class of The Field, Martin Truex Jr. found himself in a familiar scenery as he set his hook, reeling in Kyle Larson in quest for a Loster of a Trophy. Satisfying redemption from Martin’s last trip at the Magic Mile! Martin Truex Jr. wins at New Hampshire Speedway sweeping all Stages!

Crayon 301 – Final Results:
New Hamshire Motor Speedway
Louden, New Hampshire
Lap length: 1.058 miles

  1. Martin Truex Jr
  2. Joey Logano
  3. Kyle Larson
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Tyler Reddick
  7. Denny Hamlin
  8. Bubba Wallace
  9. Austin Dillon
  10. Chase Briscoe
  11. Erik Jones
  12. Chase Elliott
  13. Michael McDowell
  14. Alex Bowman
  15. Chris Buescher
  16. Daniel Suarez
  17. Justin Haley
  18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
  19. AJ Allmendinger
  20. Harrison Burton
  21. Todd Gilliland
  22. Ryan Blaney
  23. Ross Chastain
  24. William Byron
  25. Austin Cindric
  26. Ty Dillon
  27. Ty Gibbs
  28. Ryan Preece
  29. Christopher Bell
  30. Ryan Newman
  31. BJ McLeod
  32. Noah Gragson
  33. Corey LaJoie
  34. Aric Almirola
  35. Cole Custer
  36. Kyle Busch

NASCAR Cup Series Points Playoff
After (Crayon 301 – Results: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Pos | Driver | Points | Wins

  1. William Byron | 4 Wins | 22PP
  2. Martin Truex Jr | 3 Wins | 18PP
  3. Kyle Busch | 3 Wins | 17PP
  4. Kyle Larson | 2 Wins | 12PP
  5. Ross Chastain | 1 Win | 10PP
  6. Denny Hamlin | 1 Win | 9PP
  7. Ryan Blaney | 1 Win | 8PP
  8. Tyler Reddick | 1 Win | 8PP
  9. Christopher Bell | 1 Win | 7PP
  10. Joey Logano | 1 Win | 7PP
  11. Ricky Stenhouse Jr | 1 Win | 5PP
  12. Kevin Harvick | +137
  13. Brad Keselowski | +108
  14. Chris Buescher | +97
  15. Bubba Wallace | +2
  16. Michael McDowell | +1
    — Playoff Cutline —
  17. Daniel Suarez -1
  18. AJ Allmendinger -20
  19. Ty Gibbs -41
  20. Alex Bowman -42

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