Kyle Busch ‘Proud of’ Cup Teammate Martin Truex Jr for Winning NASCAR Bristol Truck Race for His Team

Published 03/31/2021, 9:15 AM EDT
Mar 29, 2021; Bristol, TN, USA; NASCAR Gander RV and Outdoors Truck Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (51) leads driver Ben Rhodes (99) and driver Grant Enfinger (98) at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports


On Monday, Martin Truex Jr seized victory in the NASCAR Truck Series race at Bristol, and teammate Kyle Busch congratulated him for the victory. Of course, Busch could not resist trying to take credit for the win, especially since it was his team that won.

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Busch also fancied himself as a soothsayer when he tried to predict that Truex Jr would win. Earlier this month, the Kyle Busch Motorsports team announced that Martin Truex Jr would race for them at Bristol.

In response to that, Busch tweeted that he helped his other Joe Gibbs Racing teammates to their first Truck wins. As a parting note, he jokingly suggested that there was no pressure on Truex Jr.

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Safe to say, the prediction soon came true and Busch could not be any happier. Unfortunately for the team, it was the only solace that they received during the entire Truck race as pole-sitter John Hunter Nemechek and Teammate Chandler Smith both crashed out.

How did Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr perform in the Cup race?

Truex Jr got a second bite of the cherry in the NASCAR Cup race. This time, Busch was competing alongside him on the dirt. Unfortunately, Martin could not replicate his Truck success and ended up finishing down in 19th place. Kyle Busch did not fare any better, as he languished down in 17th place, two ahead of Truex.

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Mar 29, 2021; Bristol, TN, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (19) leads during the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

On the bright side, Denny Hamlin spared Joe Gibbs Racing the blushes when he finished in a fine third place. With that, he managed to extend his lead in the championship. However, he will be much happier if he can visit Victory Lane for the first time in 2021.

While all this was happening, Joey Logano became the first Cup Series dirt race winner in the last 50 years. This vaulted him to thirrd in the championship standings. Of course, the season is still long and anything can happen. However, it is interesting that there have been seven different winners in seven races.

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