NASCAR: Martin Truex Jr. Wins Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway
NASCAR returned to Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE on Sunday, October 2nd for the Sprint Cup Series’ Citizen Soldier 400. The round of 16 playoff race featured many of the sport’s top drivers as they looked to outrace the competition at the Monster Mile.
After heavy rain much of the week leading up to the race, Mother Nature held the precipitation in check on Sunday, giving way to heavy cloud cover with intermittent sunshine. A large crowd descended on Dover long before the 2 PM race start time, leaving fans plenty of time to take in the Drive Sober 200 (which was rescheduled from Saturday due to the weather) all the sights and sounds of the race track and the festivities outside.
After driver introductions, the National Anthem, and a signature fly-over, the Green Flag dropped and the Citizen Soldier 400 was underway. Brad Keselowski in the #2 Miller Lite car sat on the pole as the race began with #87 Martin Truex Jr., #18 Kyle Busch, #20 Matt Kenseth, and #22 Joey Logano rounding out the Top 5.
With legends like #14 Tony Stewart, #88 Jeff Gordon, and #48 Jimmy Johnson also competing on Sunday, the race shaped up to be a great day for race fans in Delaware (where NASCAR is the only professional sport played in the state).
Six drivers, including #16 Greg Biffle (7), Gordon (7), Keselowski (7), Johnson (90), Ky. Busch (102), and Truex Jr. (187) led the race over the course of Citizen Soldier 400, but Truex Jr. clearly had everything working on Sunday as he found himself leading the pack for almost half of the laps.
The weather cooperated but that didn’t stop the Caution Flag from coming out several times over the course of the day, leading to numerous restarts. When all was said and done, Truex Jr. in the Furniture Row car, took the checkered flag and moved into first place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Playoff standings. Ky. Busch, #24 Chase Elliott, Keselowski, and Kenseth rounded out the Top 5. Logano, Johnson, #3 Austin Dillon, #11 Denny Hamlin, and Gordon finished 6-10.
Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson, Chris Buescher, and Stewart were eliminated from the Playoff hunt following the race, narrowing the field to 12 drivers heading into the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte on October 9th.
[Photo credit: D. Jacob Miller Photography]
[Article by David Miller]