Truex scores fifth win of the season and advances to the next playoff round
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the No.19 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats and ATVs Toyota Camry, hit the jackpot at Vegas by winning the opening playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) Sunday, September 15. Truex conquered the 1.5-mile speedway to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series South Point 400. The 2017 champion has won the opening race of the playoffs three of the last four seasons. This is his seventh playoff appearance.
“We took a gamble and qualified 24th,” Truex said in a post-race interview. “For a while there it wasn’t looking too smart, with (Harvick) out front.”
After some car adjustments, Truex passed Harvick with 20 laps to go en route to his fifth win of the season.
Now with 16 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at LVMS, Truex has two wins, four top-five finishes and seven top-10s.
Truex entered the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs third on the playoff grid. During the regular season, he earned top-five rankings in the following categories: wins (tied for most), top-five finishes (tied for third), top-10s (fourth), laps led (fifth), average finish (fourth), average running position (fifth), driver rating (fourth), fastest drivers late in a run (fifth), fastest laps run (third), green flag speed (third) and speed by segment (fifth).
The next playoff race will be September 21 in Richmond, Virginia.
Bass Pro Shops, which was founded in 1972 by avid outdoorsman and conservationist Johnny Morris, is a leading retailer of equipment for hunting, fishing, camping, boating and other outdoor pursuits. The outdoor retail leader has 102 stores throughout the United States and Canada, serving more than 120 million sportsmen a year. Bass Pro Shops has a long relationship with NASCAR, dating back to 1998. For more information, visit http://www.basspro.com/.
About Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”