Truex Finally Wins with Joe Gibbs at Richmond

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The Joe Gibbs Racing star has won three times on the 0.75-mile, D-shaped oval and has been coming to the track for much of his life, even long before the Virginia racer became a driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

At the same time, Truex gave JGR its third straight victory in NASCAR's top series and sixth in nine races this season.

To get that victory, Truex had to negotiate a crowded track and hold off two-time 2019 victor Joey Logano of Team Penske.

Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski (two wins) and Logano have won the other three events.

"It means a lot to break through, especially here at Richmond", said Truex, who won for the first time this season and the 20 time in his career.

"We did a great job today, I didn't think it was a ideal lap from my standpoint, but I was able to get in the throttle on the exit of the corner and put down a decent lap", Harvick said. I got to him and couldn't keep the nose with air on it, and it got really tight. "It was real important to be out front tonight, but thanks to the pit crew they kept us out there". I'm just really happy to get our first win with Gibbs.

"Sometimes in pro sports, you know, you get on a roll, things go well", Gibbs said. Absolutely", he said. "You can go through the whole beginning stretch of the season - we've had a really good stretch to the beginning of this season and unfortunately we're coming up to one of my most favorite race tracks in the world, Talladega, in a couple weeks, that can certainly end that momentum at any particular moment and knock you down off your pedestal or whatever you want to call it. We just fought and battled.

Truex regained the lead for the last time with just more than 80 laps to go.

Logano got to Truex's back bumper at the white flag and put a sense of deja vu on the assembled crowd, as it appeared he might bump Truex out of the way for the win just as he did six months ago at Martinsville.

"We were close, just not close enough", Logano said. "I got a decent run off of (Turn) 2 the last lap..."

"Then you have to figure out how to rebound and get back".

"I couldn't roll the bottom and get enough drive off of (Turn) 4 either way".

Kyle Larson's slow start to the season continued, giving him an early night. Three weeks in a row I felt like we had a vehicle that could win the race and we haven't won.

"When you're frustrated with second, that's a good sign about where your team's at". This time, however, Logano ran out of time to seal the deal and collect the trophy. I lost. It sucks.

Leading 52 laps on the night, Logano again showed race-winning speed.

Stewart-Haas Racing's Clint Bowyer finished third.

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