LONG POND, Pa. – Martin Truex Jr. knew that his third career victory would come – eventually.
Enjoying easily the finest season of his NASCAR career, Truex raced to a convincing win in Sunday’s Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400, leading 97 of 160 laps, including the final 27 at Pocono Raceway.
His victory marked the third consecutive Sprint Cup race in which Truex led the most laps. He’d led 131 laps at both Charlotte and Dover, only to come home fifth and sixth in the last two weeks.
“We finally got it,” said Truex, who had registered top-10 finishes in 12 of the first 13 races this season. “We've had a great season. We have had everything it has taken to win races (and) we just hadn’t got it done.
“This team deserves to win and I’ve known that all year long. Throughout my career I’ve kind of gotten used to disappointment, honestly, and I’ve learned to deal with those days where it didn’t go your way, even though you didn’t do anything wrong.”