Ryan Blaney wins 2nd stage at Martinsville

Mar 29, 2018, 01:38

You start to think about what really matters in life.

The NASCAR driver had not won a race since 2012, but he broke his 190-race winless streak Monday at Martinsville Speedway, winning the STP 500 and the coveted grandfather clock trophy. (218). Bowyer hopes his breakthrough mirrors Truex, who after snapping his streak in 2013 began a career resurgence that culminated with him capturing the Cup Series championship a year ago.

Now in his second year with Stewart-Haas Racing, the 38-year-old Bowyer has experienced something of a resurgence.

The last time Bowyer stepped into Victory Lane was six years ago, back in October of 2012 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

With Kevin Harvick stringing together victories at Atlanta, Las Vegas, and ISM Raceway at Phoenix, Stewart-Haas has won four of the first six races of 2018.

Kyle Busch: He hasn't managed a win yet this season, but another runner-up finish proves he's bound to break through soon.

"I could tell by his demeanor he didn't want to tell me that", Bowyer said with a laugh.

"For whatever reason, it felt right driving up here", said Bowyer, who led 215 laps, all but one (under caution) after taking the lead from third-place finisher Ryan Blaney on Lap 285. Wallace has won two Truck Series races at Martinsville. When the checkers flew, Clint Bowyer finally returned the 14 auto to victory lane. "How are we going to get it home?".

"For us, saving our stuff, the 14 was able to save his stuff, and he was a little bit better than we were". When I first got here, I was a duck out of water just like everybody else.

"I don't know why it just felt right; today was going to be our day". Hamlin is a five-time victor at Martinsville and has finished outside the top-10 just six times in 24 career starts. I probably should have brake-checked him in the first place. I learned from Jimmie Johnson and learned from Jeff Gordon, sometimes the hard way, but nonetheless I learned over the years and finally put it to good use. "It's unbelievable how it all came true".

The closing laps were eventful for Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick, who made contact late in the race. Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, AJ Allmendinger, Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski completed the top 10. The bright yellow 12 vehicle took the lead from Brad Keselowski on lap 137 and would go on to score a Stage win.

STAGE ONE: Martinsville ace Hamlin won the first stage after a battle with Keselowski, who took second. In distinction, this race had a mere four yellow flag periods, only one being caused by a wreck.

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