Martin Truex Jr. dominated the first stage of Sunday’s Overton’s 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, leading all 75 laps.
Truex, who topped all drivers with with a race-high 137 laps led, remained at the front of the pack for much of the race, but a flat tire proved his undoing and he wasn’t able to finish higher than third.
“We had a really good WIX Filters Toyota for most of the race and led a bunch of laps and then got that flat tire, kind of got off sequence,” Truex said. “Whatever happened there after lap 200 or so I think the VHT was kind of wore off the track and we started to lose our edge a little bit there.’
“We still had a shot, but on the last restart we got the inside lane there, restarted third. It wasn’t the place to be, obviously. I think the 11 (Denny Hamlin) started fourth and that was really the place I would have liked to have been. And then we just didn’t get a good restart on the bottom and lost a couple spots and had to battle back and then just didn’t quite have the speed at the end of the race that we had the first 200 laps.
“All in all, it was a tough-fought day. We had to come from 24th at one point in the field and just a hard fought day, a good job by everybody and a solid third place effort. Just didn’t have enough there at the end.”
Still, Truex was able to maintain his lead in the NASCAR Cup driver standings, leading race runner-up Kyle Larson by 38 points.
Check out what Truex had to say to our Dave Burns in the video above.