Martin Truex Jr. finally breaks through at Pocono

The No. 78 Furniture Row Chevy celebrates second team win.

Martin Truex Jr. finally breaks through at Pocono
Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet

Martin Truex Jr. finally had something to show for leading the most laps in a race — the trophy. 

After leading the most laps at Kansas, Charlotte and Dover and not a checkered flag to show for his effort, Truex finally broke a  69-race winless streak with his first career victory at Pocono Raceway. 

Truex qualified third, took the lead from Carl Edwards on Lap 15  and led at total of 97 laps. He held off Kevin Harvick in the closing laps four times before beating the No. 4 Chevy to the line by 1.34-seconds for his third-career Sprint Cup win on Sunday. 

“It just feels unbelievable,” Truex said. “I can’t thank these guys enough on the Furniture Row Chevrolet. What a great group of guys. I knew we were going to get one. Everyone kept asking, ‘when are you going to win, when are you going to win? What’s going on?’ 

“I knew we had the team. I knew we had what it took. I had to get things to play out the way we needed them to. I’m just on cloud nine right now. It's just awesome."

For Truex, it was his first victory since Sonoma Raceway in 2013. For Furniture Row Racing, it was the first career win for crew chief Cole Pearn and just the second victory for the company. Regan Smith was the first driver to take the No. 78 Barney Visser-owned Chevy to Victory Lane at Darlington Raceway in 2011. 

Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano and Kurt Busch rounded out the top-five finishers in the Axalta 400. 

“We just couldn’t go on restarts, we were really bad in third gear, we just had to go in defense mode,” Harvick said. “We struggled in Turn 1 with our splitter on the ground. But good job overall for our Budweiser team. Things just aren’t lining up to win races right now. All in all everyone is doing a great job. 

“I’m really happy for Martin. I know he went through a lot — and for him and Sherry (Truex’ girlfriend) — if you’re going to lose to someone today, that’s a great person to lose to. “

The last two years have been difficult for Truex. While still under the Michael Waltrip Racing roof in 2013, he lost his sponsor which led to the demise of his team. Truex joined the Denver based Furniture Row Racing for 2014 and midway through the season his girlfriend Sherry Pollex was diagnosed with cancer. 

Truex entered 2015 with a renewed commitment to FRR and his effort has paid off. Despite earning just his first win of the year on Sunday, Truex has amassed 13 top 10 finishes in 14 races. He led just one lap in all 36 races last year but this season the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevy has been to the point for 486 circuits - the most for Truex since 2007. 

And most importantly, Truex is locked into the Chase for the Sprint Cup after a two-year absence.

"Thanks to Barney Visser, Furniture Row, the fans, everyone that has made this possible," Truex said. "This last year and a half has been tough. This feels pretty dang good."

 Pos.   No.   Driver   Car / Engine   Laps   Margin 
1 78  Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet 160 -- 
2 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 160 1.346
3 48  Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 160  
4 22  Joey Logano Ford 160  
5 41  Kurt Busch Chevrolet 160  
6 20  Matt Kenseth Toyota 160  
7 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 160  
8 42  Kyle Larson Chevrolet 160  
9 18  Kyle Busch Toyota 160  
10 11  Denny Hamlin Toyota 160  
11 88  D.Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 160  
12 16  Greg Biffle Ford 160  
13 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 160  
14 24  Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 160  
15 19  Carl Edwards Toyota 160  
16 13  Casey Mears Chevrolet 160  
17 Brad Keselowski Ford 160  
18 33  Ty Dillon Chevrolet 160  
19 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 160  
20 51  Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 160  
21 14  Tony Stewart Chevrolet 160  
22 15  Clint Bowyer Toyota 160  
23 55  David Ragan Toyota 160  
24 Trevor Bayne Ford 160  
25 40  Landon Cassill Chevrolet 160  
26 Alex Bowman Chevrolet 160  
27 38  David Gilliland Ford 160  
28 35  Cole Whitt Ford 160  
29 98  Josh Wise Ford 159 1 Lap
30 34  Brett Moffitt Ford 158 2 Laps
31 27  Paul Menard Chevrolet 158 2 Laps
32 83  Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 158 2 Laps
33 26  Jeb Burton Toyota 158 2 Laps
34 46  Michael Annett Chevrolet 158 2 Laps
35 32  Travis Kvapil Ford 157 3 Laps
36 23  J.J. Yeley Toyota 155 5 Laps
37 10  Danica Patrick Chevrolet 153 7 Laps
38 47  A.J.Allmendinger Chevrolet 143 Radiator
39 31  Ryan Newman Chevrolet 141 Accident
40 62  Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 129 Electrical
41 Sam Hornish Jr. Ford 120 Accident
42 17  R.Stenhouse Jr. Ford 105 55 Laps
43 43  Aric Almirola Ford 88 Engine
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