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Martin Truex, Jr. - Sporting News

Martin Truex Jr. set a hook and reels in teammate Denny Hamlin with 16 laps remaining to capture the Checkers at the Paperclip.

Ridgeway, Virginia  – April 11, 2021 – Anthony Holbrook

NASCAR Cup Series traveled to Ridgeway, Virginia in preparation for the  Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 hosted by Martinsville Speedway.  This event will be the 8th points scheduled race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Season.

The Green flag officially waved Saturday, but drivers completed only 42 laps before steady rainfall covered Ridgeway.  NASCAR would eventually postpone the completion of the event until Sunday afternoon.

Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 – Stage 1 Recap:

Denny Hamlin displayed early promise battling Ryan Blaney for the top spot in Stage 1.  Denny Hamlin would overtake Ryan Blaney for the lead, but only briefly.  A strategic pit-stop assisted Ryan Blaney to circulate back to the lead, after winning the race off Pit Row.  Ryan Blaney monitored Denny Hamlin advancement in his rear view mirror as Ryan Blaney collected the Stage checkers.

Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 -Stage 1 Results:

  1. Ryan Blaney
  1. Denny Hamlin
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3.  Chase Elliott
  4.  Kyle Larson
  5.  William Byron
  6.  Alex Bowman
  7.  Brad Keselowski
  8.  Joey Logano

10   Christopher Bell

Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 – Stage 2 Recap:

Denny Hamlin’s final lap attempt to rattle Ryan Blaney’s cage, fell short as Blaney held on for the ride, collecting Back to Back Stage wins. 

Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 – Stage 2 Results:

  1. Ryan Blaney
  2. Denny Hamlin
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Alex Bowman
  5. Chase Elliott
  6. Brad Keselowski
  7. William Byron
  8. Tyler Reddick
  9. Kyle Busch
  10. Kurt Busch

Ryan Blaney won the race’s first two stages only to restart 11th after pit strategy shuffled the field at the restart of Stage 3.  Ryan Blaney would edge back to the front, gaining on race leader Denny Hamlin.  A sequence of a caution and a pit infraction would penalize Ryan Blaney any chances of contention. 

As the laps draw to a close, a three-car race between Martin Truex, Jr. Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott elevate.

Truex Jr. observing the battle between Elliott and Hamlin for 2nd place, was able to pull away from the pack; crossing the checkers uncontested.

Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500  – RACE RESULTS

Pos.Car No.DriverTime behindBest timeBest speed
119Martin Truex Jr.20.10794.176
29Chase Elliott1.97220.07194.345
311Denny Hamlin2.36419.91695.079
424William Byron4.98419.99694.699
55Kyle Larson6.22920.35593.029
622Joey Logano6.72820.1593.975
720Christopher Bell7.26520.15493.957
88Tyler Reddick7.59320.42792.701
94Kevin Harvick7.81520.27293.41
1018Kyle Busch8.18320.18193.831
1112Ryan Blaney9.58520.08194.298
1221Matt DiBenedetto13.7820.45792.565
1317Chris Buescher14.50120.40592.801
143Austin Dillon15.1320.37892.924
1547Ricky Stenhouse Jr.16.37820.50992.33
1623Bubba Wallace17.37720.32393.175
1742Ross Chastain17.67820.27493.4
1841Cole Custer17.8720.46592.529
196Ryan Newman-120.47492.488
2010Aric Almirola-120.30393.267
211Kurt Busch-220.34593.074
2215James Davison-620.50592.348
2352Josh Bilicki-720.63591.766
240Quin Houff-720.82990.912
2553JJ Yeley-820.67491.593
2638Anthony Alfredo-820.54292.182
2714Chase Briscoe-920.46492.533
2851Cody Ware-1020.62791.802
2978BJ McLeod-2220.6191.878
3043Erik Jones-9720.50892.335
3134Michael McDowell-11320.592.371
3299Daniel Suárez-11420.39392.855
332Brad Keselowski-11520.12394.101
3448Alex Bowman-11620.34893.061
3577Justin Haley-11720.41892.742
3637Ryan Preece-11820.22993.608
377Corey LaJoie-12620.31393.221

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