Martin Truex Jr. looks to extend Charlotte dominance to Pocono

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Since he won last Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway by leading 392 of 400 laps, Martin Truex Jr. has been in demand by fans and media.

The Furniture Row Racing driver continued to be sought after Friday at Pocono Raceway, not just for what he did last week but also because he’s the defending winner of this weekend’s Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400.

“Obviously, I’m looking forward to the weekend,” Truex said. “I think typically past experience at a track is definitely a good thing. I think we found some things last year that we could really key in on to find speed, and I think both races last year we were capable of winning speed-wise.

“So I’m looking forward to the rest of the weekend and trying to pick up where we left off last week. It’s always fun to come to any racetrack after a great weekend.”

Truex’s enthusiasm, however, is somewhat tempered by the fact weather could play a factor on race day, just like it did Friday.

“You really never know when you come here what you’re going to get,” Truex said. “I remember years ago running down the leaders trying to win here and it started raining.

“But it’s just one of those places where the strategy is dictated by the cautions because the track is so big you can pit under green without losing a lap if you’re running up front. It’s just different strategy-wise. It’s almost like a road course in that respect, so you never know what you’re going to get, so we’ll be ready for anything. We’ve got a win now, so we’re in the Chase and we can kind of do a little bit of gambling and take some chances and try to get another win.”

After the early season struggles Truex’s team endured, he received numerous congratulations after winning at Charlotte.

“There’s so many great guys in the garage here and so many great people in the sport, it’s just neat to see their reaction and it was neat to get congratulated and see a lot of the guys on pit road after the race,” Truex said. “It’s just a humbling kind of experience, so that was good.

“Just a great week and a lot of celebration and a lot of talk about it. I still just can’t believe how many laps we led and just the miles. You know, just thinking about all the greats that have come and gone through NASCAR – all of our heroes, my heroes – to think that I’ve led more laps in a race than anyone ever has or more miles is just a really cool thing for me, so definitely a great week – one of the best I’ve ever had.”

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Portland Xfinity race results, driver points

Portland Xfinity results
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Cole Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when the top three cars made contact and went on to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway. Custer is the 10th different winner in 13 races this season.

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JR Motorsports took the next three spots: Justin Allgaier placed second, Sam Mayer was third and Josh Berry was fourth. Austin Hill completed the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek remains the points leader after 13 races. He has a 14-point lead on Hill. Nemechek leads Allgaier by 44 points.

Cole Custer wins Xfinity race at Portland in overtime


Cole Custer held off Justin Allgaier at the finish to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race in overtime at Portland International Raceway. It is Custer’s first victory of the season.

JR Motorsports placed second, third and fourth with Allgaier, Sam Mayer and Josh Berry. Austin Hill finished fifth.

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Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when Parker Kligerman, who restarted third, attempted to pass Allgaier, who was leading. Sheldon Creed was on the outside of Allgaier. All three cars made contact entering Turn 1, allowing Custer to slip by. Creed finished seventh. Kligerman placed 14th.

Custer won the second stage when John Hunter Nemechek made contact with Creed’s car while racing for the lead on the final lap of the stage. The contact spun Creed and Custer inched by Nemechek at the line.

Early in the final stage, Creed gained revenge with contact that spun Nemechek, who went on to finish 10th. A few laps later, Nemechek and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Sammy Smith had issues. Smith spun Nemechek. After getting back around, Nemechek quickly caught Smith and turned into Smith’s car, damaging it.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

STAGE 2 WINNER: Cole Custer

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Despite the contact on the overtime restart, runner-up Justin Allgaier managed to score his fourth consecutive top-three finish. … Sam Mayer’s third-place finish is his best on a road course. … Austin Hill’s fifth-place finish gives him four consecutive top-five results.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Daniel Hemric finished 33rd after a fire in his car. … Riley Herbst placed 32nd after an engine issue. After opening the season with six top 10s in a row, Herbst has gone seven races in a row without a top 10.

NEXT: The series competes June 10 at Sonoma Raceway (8 p.m. ET on FS1).

Truck race results at WWT Raceway: Grant Enfinger wins


Grant Enfinger took the lead when the leaders wrecked in the final laps and held off the field in overtime to win Saturday’s Craftsman Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway.

It is Enfinger’s second win in the last five races. He also collected a $50,000 bonus for winning the Triple Truck Challenge.

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Christian Eckes finished second and was followed by Stewart Friesen, Carson Hocevar and Chase Purdy.

Ty Majeski and Zane Smith wrecked while racing for the lead with six laps to go. Majeski, running on the inside of Smith, slid up the track and clipped Smith’s truck. Both hit the wall. That put Enfinger in the lead.

Smith finished 20th. Majeski placed 30th.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Grant Enfinger

STAGE 2 WINNER: Stewart Friesen

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Grant Enfinger’s victory is his fourth top 10 in the last five races. … Carson Hocevar’s fourth-place finish is his fourth consecutive top-five result. … Stewart Friesen’s third-place finish moved him into a playoff spot with four races left in the regular season. … Matt DiBenedetto‘s sixth-place finish is his third consecutive top 10. … Jesse Love finished ninth in his series debut.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ty Majeski had a chance to take the points lead with series leader Corey Heim out because of illness, but Majeski’s 30th-place finish after running at the front most of the day, leaves him behind Heim. … Hailie Deegan finished 32nd after contact sent her truck into the wall hard. … After finishing a career-high third last week at Charlotte, Dean Thompson placed 34th Saturday due to an engine issue.

NEXT: The series races June 23 at Nashville Superspeedway (8 p.m. ET on FS1)

Xfinity starting lineup at Portland: Sheldon Creed wins pole


Sheldon Creed scored his first career Xfinity Series pole by taking the top spot for Saturday’s race at Portland International Raceway.

Creed, making his 50th career series start, earned the pole with a lap of 95.694 mph on the 1.97-mile road course.

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Cole Custer will start second with a lap of 95.398 mph. He is followed by Josh Berry (94.242 mph), John Hunter Nemechek (95.127) and Charlotte winner Justin Allgaier (94.897). Road racing specialist Jordan Taylor, driving for Kaulig Racing, qualified sixth at 94.772 mph.

The green flag is scheduled to wave 4:46 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1.