clearn.png
Friday November 27th, 2020 8:47PM

The Latest: Truex sweeps first 2 stages at Richmond

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Richmond Raceway (all times local):

9:10 p.m.

Martin Truex Jr. is creating a mirror image of Joey Logano's spring performance at Richmond Raceway.

The defending series champion and points leader has padded his lead by winning the first two stages of Saturday night's NASCAR Cup Series race. Logano swept the first two stages in the spring, both run without an on-track caution, and that's where Truex hopes to part company. Logano was unable to close the deal, winding up fourth.

Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick finished the stage second, followed by Aric Almirola, Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski.

Keselowski is seeking his fourth consecutive victory in the series.

___

8:55 p.m.

The NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond raceway is unfolding much like the race here in the spring.

In that one, Joey Logano led throughout both the first and second stages, and the race went 353 laps before the first on-track caution flag.

This time, Martin Truex Jr. grabbed the lead from Kevin Harvick on Lap 41 and was still enjoying a big lead over Harvick under green with 30 laps left in the stage.

After Denny Hamlin was forced to pit under green during the first stage and raced himself back into the top 10 before 100 laps had been run, Clint Bowyer, Logano and Dave Blaney were among the drivers who pitted under green with about 40 laps to go, hoping to use up a set of tires to get traction that would allow them to race up through the field over the final laps of the stage.

___

8:30 p.m.

Martin Truex Jr. has won the first stage in the NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Richmond Raceway.

Truex, the defending series champion, started third but grabbed the lead on Lap 41. He was followed by pole-sitter Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott and Kurt Busch.

The stage was especially eventful for local favorite Denny Hamlin.

Hamlin, who grew up about 20 miles from the track, started the night 16th in the playoff standings and with hopes of winning stage points and a top finish. He got spun by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. about halfway through the opening stage, had to pit under a green flag and scrambled to get back on the lead lap before the stage was over. By the time the stage was completed on lap No. 100, Hamlin had climbed all the way back up to the ninth position.

___

More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Auto Racing, NASCAR
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The Latest: Truex sweeps first 2 stages at Richmond
Martin Truex Jr. grabbed the lead in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond from Kevin Harvick on Lap 41 and was still enjoying a big lead over Harvick under green with 30 laps left in the second stage
9:15PM ( 5 minutes ago )
Japanese supply ship heads to space station after delays
An unmanned Japanese space capsule is heading to the International Space Station with 5,500 kilograms of cargo including food, experiments and new batteries
9:06PM ( 13 minutes ago )
AP source: Kavanaugh, Ford agree to testify on Thursday
AP source: Kavanaugh and Ford tentatively agree to testify Thursday to Senate panel
9:02PM ( 18 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Joshua stops Povetkin in 7th round, keeps heavyweight titles
Anthony Joshua retained his IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight titles with a seventh-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium on Saturday
7:58PM ( 1 hour ago )
Tagovailoa propels No. 1 Bama past No. 22 Texas A&M, 45-23
Tua Tagovailoa passed for 387 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score to lead No. 1 Alabama to a 45-23 rout of No. 22 Texas A&M
7:30PM ( 1 hour ago )
Tagovailoa propels No. 1 Alabama past No. 22 Texas A&M, 45-
Tua Tagovailoa passed for 387 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another score to lead No. 1 Alabama to a 45-23 rout of No. 22 Texas A&M
7:11PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
Bell wins Xfinity race at Richmond; Earnhardt 4th
Christopher Bell took the lead away from Matt Tifft with 13 laps to go and won the opening race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs
11:45PM ( 21 hours ago )
Big 3 now a foursome: NASCAR wild card Richmond is next
The Big Three is now the Big Four in the NASCAR playoffs
5:47PM ( 1 day ago )
Paving its future: Ferrari unveils wide-ranging new plans
Ferrari's new CEO has unveiled a new business plan that revives iconic models and embeds them with Formula One technology
3:47PM ( 4 days ago )
AP Online Auto Racing
Keselowski winning streak pumps life into NASCAR playoffs
Brad Keselowski's back-to-back wins to close the regular season has given NASCAR a bit of a jolt before the playoffs
3:32PM ( 1 week ago )
Keselowski makes it a Penske sweep at Indianapolis
Brad Keselowski gave Roger Penske his first NASCAR win in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
6:56PM ( 1 week ago )
The Latest: Keselowski hands Team Penske 1st Brickyard win
Latest on NASCAR racing at the Brickyard in Indianapolis
5:25PM ( 1 week ago )
NASCAR
Japanese supply ship heads to space station after delays
An unmanned Japanese space capsule is heading to the International Space Station with 5,500 kilograms of cargo including food, experiments and new batteries
9:06PM ( 14 minutes ago )
AP source: Kavanaugh, Ford agree to testify on Thursday
AP source: Kavanaugh and Ford tentatively agree to testify Thursday to Senate panel
9:02PM ( 18 minutes ago )
The Latest: Truex dominant early at Richmond
Martin Truex Jr. grabbed the lead in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond from Kevin Harvick on Lap 41 and was still enjoying a big lead over Harvick under green with 30 laps left in the second stage
9:01PM ( 19 minutes ago )
No. 4 Ohio State routs Tulane in Meyer's return to sideline
Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw for 304 yards and five touchdowns in the first half as Ohio State blew out Tulane 49-6
8:52PM ( 28 minutes ago )
Yanks clinch wild card with 3-2, 11-inning win over Orioles
Aaron Hicks doubled home the winning run in the 11th inning, and the New York Yankees clinched an AL wild card with a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles
8:19PM ( 1 hour ago )