Martin Truex Jr. wins Bristol Truck dirt race

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NASCAR Cup Series regular Martin Truex Jr. opened Monday’s NASCAR doubleheader on the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway with a win in the Camping World Truck Series race.

Originally scheduled for Saturday night, the 150-lap Truck race was twice postponed over the weekend due to inclement weather.

Truex Jr., the 2017 Cup Series champion and two-time Xfinity Series champion, has now won races in all three NASCAR national series.

Driving the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra, Truex Jr. swept both stages and led a race-high 105 laps.

Ben Rhodes, Raphael Lessard, Todd Gilliland and another Cup regular, Chase Briscoe, completed the top five finishers.

Six Cup regulars in all competed in the Truck race ahead of their own 250-lap dirt race on Monday afternoon (4 p.m. ET, Fox).

Another of them, Kyle Larson, is the pre-race favorite for the Cup event. But he was among those impacted by the Truck race’s 12 cautions.

On Lap 99, Larson ran into the slowing truck of Mike Marlar high in Turn 3, spun down the track, and was then hit by an oncoming Danny Bohn. Larson and Bohn were both checked and released from the infield care center.

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STAGE 1 WINNER: Martin Truex Jr.

STAGE 2 WINNER: Martin Truex Jr.

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Raphael Lessard scored his first top five run of the year with a third-place finish. He had finished 23rd or worse in the season’s first four races … NASCAR on NBC analyst Parker Kligerman scored a top-10 finish, coming home eighth for Henderson Motorsports.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: John Hunter Nemechek‘s season-opening streak of top-10 finishes ended with a crash at Lap 49. A bump from behind by Matt Crafton sent Nemechek spinning in Turn 1. Seconds after Nemechek came to rest near the wall, Derek Kraus slid into him. Both Nemechek and Kraus were eliminated.

NOTABLE: Monday’s race was only Truex’s third career Truck start. He made one start in both 2005 and 2006.

NEXT: The Trucks return Saturday, April 17 at Richmond Raceway (1:30 p.m. ET, FS1). Grant Enfinger won there last September.

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