Officials were forced to postpone the STP 500 in Martinsville until Monday due to the winter wonderland conditions at the speedway. Clint Bowyer snapped a 190-race losing streak dating to 2012 with a dominating victory at Martinsville Speedway. Race distance: 263 miles, 500 laps.
"You know, to have it come here, this is a place where I have come so close to winning the Grandfather Clock", he said of the track in Virginia.
This is the lone driver who could look at Bowyer and go, "Hey, you think you've been waiting a long time for a win?" Busch was the defending champion at Martinsville, having won the fall race here last October.
The most recent victor at Martinsville, Kyle Busch, starts second.
Now that Bowyer has that weight lifted from his shoulders, it's time to cheer on a handful of other drivers - including one who has an even longer run of futility going.
As Bowyer returned to the track for Monday's rescheduled race, he told his 3-year-old son he wanted to take a picture with him in victory lane.
Kyle Busch: He hasn't managed a win yet this season, but another runner-up finish proves he's bound to break through soon.
"It's where you want to be", said Truex, who's never won in 24 starts at Martinsville.
Last time the series was at the "Paperclip" Denny Hamlin wrecked Chase Elliott from the lead with just three laps remaining. He was less than a lap away from a Daytona 500 win and has finished 14th or better in every race so far. "Obviously we ran really well here really both races here previous year, but mostly in the fall we had a good run and ran consistently up front all day".
"He hit me a couple times and I was just trying to make sure I had my auto under control", said Harvick, who finished fifth.
Martin Truex Jr. started on the pole thanks to sitting atop the points standings after qualifying was cancelled Saturday. His Ford was particularly stout early, as he led 145 laps and won Stage 2. Allmendinge's best chance for grabbing his next win might also be at the Glen, where he's always excelled, but as we saw on Sunday, he's better than his equipment would suggest at Martinsville too.