Martin Truex Jr. wins historic Martinsville night race

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After a historic day and on a historic night, Martin Truex Jr. won the first Cup night race at Martinsville Speedway on Wednesday.

His victory came after a day of news in NASCAR that included the sanctioning body removing guidelines that required competitors to stand for the national anthem and NASCAR’s announcement that it was prohibiting the Confederate flag at all its events and properties.

The race, held without fans, was the second win in a row for Truex at Martinsville Speedway. He won last fall’s playoff race there. He overcame a commitment line violation penalty on Lap 133 to win Wednesday night’s 500-lap race. The victory was his first of the season and also marked his fourth win in the last six short track races.

“Tick tock,” Truex said on his team’s radio after the race, referencing the grandfather clock he receives with the win, the 27th of his career.

MORE: Race results, points report

Ryan Blaney, who finished second, also overcome a penalty and falling a lap down early. He was penalized on Lap 328 when a pit crew member was over the pit wall too soon. Blaney was followed by his Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano. Chase Elliott finished fifth.

Bubba Wallace, who said before the event this was “the biggest race of my career,” finished 11th.

“It was badass racing with seven-time there at the end, Jimmie Johnson,” said Wallace, who finished a spot behind Johnson. “You think Jimmie Johnson wins so many times here (nine times) and we’re running him down (at the end).”

STAGE 1 WINNER: Joey Logano 

STAGE 2 WINNER: Jimmie Johnson 

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Team Penske with Ryan Blaney second, Brad Keselowski third and Joey Logano fourth. And Matt DiBenedetto was seventh for the Wood Brothers, who are aligned with Team Penske. … Jimmie Johnson led a season-high 70 laps before finishing 10th. … Bubba Wallace placed 11th, a career-best finish for him in a Cup race at Martinsville.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Denny Hamlin fell a lap down before the competition caution and was never a factor, as his car had overheating issues. He finished 24th … Kyle Busch was never a factor all night, falling off the lead lap early and never getting back on it. He placed 19th. … Austin Dillon had damage early when he lost a tire and was overcome by the exhaust that got in his car. He pulled out of the race with about 100 laps to go and was helped out of the car. Dillon finished 37th. He was treated and released from the infield care center.

NOTABLE: Seven of the top 10 spots were taken by two organizations. All four of Hendrick Motorsports cars finished in the top 10 and all three of Team Penske’s cars placed in the top 10.

NEXT: The Cup Series races at Miami on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET on Fox)

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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MORE: Driver points after WWT Raceway

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.

MORE: Portland Xfinity starting lineup

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.