It was worth the wait — 18 full-time seasons — to finally get a Cup Series win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Martin Truex Jr.
Prior to Monday’s rain-postponed event, the 2017 series champion had led over 900 laps at the track just in the Cup Series, the equivalent of over three full-length races.
Unfortunately for Truex, no family members were on-hand to see him dominate and lead 254 of the 301 laps.
“This is actually kind of far from home,” said Truex, whose family hails from New Jersey. “We used to drive up here, it was seven and a half hours or something like that.
“Nobody is here. They’re all at home. So they screwed up.”
The track is special for Truex, as his father, Martin Truex Sr., raced over the years.
The younger Truex triumphed in a NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the track in 2005.
Yet, in the Cup Series, in 29 prior starts, Truex’s highest finish was a third-place result on three occasions.
“It’s always been one that I wanted so bad, and maybe I think too bad at times.
“But it was well worth the wait to be able to do it here today finally, take home the lobster and put another win at Loudon with the name Truex on it. Very special.”
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