Truex Wins First NASCAR Chase Race at Chicago, Fined with Jimmie Johnson After Failing Post Race Inspection

Story By: Richard Thomas

Photos By: Hal Jalikakik

Jolliet, IL–

chicagoland-2-pointed-magazine-hal-jalikakikFor Martin Truex Jr. confidence in racing has never been an issue, and winning is something that he feels he can do coming into every race with this Furniture Row team and today, he started his quest for a championship with a victory at Chicagoland Speedway.

His victory didn’t come without issues as both his car and the 48 of Jimmie Johnson failed the post race inspections. We won’t know what penalties that NASCAR will impose until later in the week, but believe us, its not going to stop Truex from going after the championship.

“I’ve never been in a position where I feel like we can go anywhere and win,” Truex said after celebrating his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 victory. “Right now I feel like any race track, any weekend, anywhere in the country we can win.”

Truex had won just three races prior to this year, and he has never led the points. So there’s no reason not to puff out his chest and feel like a Chase favorite leading the standings.

“I don’t think they’re going to let up at all,” Furniture Row Racing team owner Barney Visser said. “They enjoy being in Victory Lane just a little bit too much.

“They work too hard on the cars to back off at all in the next two races. Martin enjoys running up front. He’s pure athlete. This is what he does it for.”

After the final restart, it was all Truex needed to get that competitive advantage.

Truex took the high side and roared past Kahne and Blaney to take the lead. He beat Joey Logano to the line by 0.776 seconds. Elliott finished third.

It was quite a comeback for Truex, who had his own tire issue while running second on Lap 69. He returned to the track a lap down and in 21st place.

Below are the standings heading into next weeks race at New Hampshire.

Standings
RK DRIVER POINTS WINS POLES TOP 5 TOP 10
1 Martin Truex Jr. 2050 3 3 6 13
2 Brad Keselowski 2049 4 1 13 18
3 Kyle Busch 2046 4 2 11 17
4 Denny Hamlin 2045 3 1 10 16
5 Joey Logano 2043 1 3 11 19
6 Chase Elliott 2039 0 2 8 14
7 Matt Kenseth 2038 2 0 4 12
8 Jimmie Johnson 2037 2 1 7 10
9 Carl Edwards 2032 2 5 7 15
10 Kurt Busch 2031 1 2 6 17
11 Jamie McMurray 2030 0 0 1 9
12 Tony Stewart 2028 1 0 5 7
13 Austin Dillon 2027 0 1 4 10
14 Kevin Harvick 2027 2 0 13 21
15 Kyle Larson 2026 1 0 7 10
16 Chris Buescher 2016 1 0 2 2
17 Kasey Kahne 667 0 0 2 9
18 Ryan Newman 655 0 0 1 8
19 Ryan Blaney 613 0 0 3 8
20 AJ Allmendinger 607 0 0 2 5
21 Trevor Bayne 604 0 0 2 5
22 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 590 0 0 3 5
23 Greg Biffle 510 0 1 1 3
24 Danica Patrick 510 0 0 0 0
25 Paul Menard 500 0 0 0 2
26 Clint Bowyer 465 0 0 0 3
27 Aric Almirola 464 0 0 0 0
28 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 461 0 0 5 6
29 Casey Mears 437 0 0 0 0
30 Landon Cassill 385 0 0 0 0
31 David Ragan 360 0 0 0 0
32 Regan Smith 343 0 0 1 2
33 Michael McDowell 335 0 0 0 1
34 Brian Scott 322 0 0 0 0
35 Matt DiBenedetto 273 0 0 0 1
36 Cole Whitt 248 0 0 0 0
37 Michael Annett 241 0 0 0 0
38 Jeff Gordon 151 0 0 0 0
39 Josh Wise 149 0 0 0 0
40 Reed Sorenson 140 0 0 0 0
41 Jeffrey Earnhardt 95 0 0 0 0
42 Brian Vickers 86 0 0 0 1
43 Bobby Labonte 51 0 0 0 0
44 David Gilliland 46 0 0 0 0
45 Michael Waltrip 42 0 0 0 0
46 Boris Said 17 0 0 0 0
47 Patrick Carpentier 11 0 0 0 0
48 Eddie MacDonald 5 0 0 0 0
Alex Kennedy 5 0 0 0 0
50 Robert Richardson Jr. 3 0 0 0 0

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