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Rain during the first caution period of Saturday's Blue Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 forced the majority of the race to be run Sunday afternoon. Ryan Blaney took the helm from the restart and went on to win both opening stages. The top four drivers (Blaney, Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., and Chase Elliott) finished in the same positions in both segments, setting the stage for a four-way fight for the win. However, Blaney slipped with a mistake on pit road. That left Truex, Hamlin and Elliott to race for the win, with Truex making the winning move on teammate Hamlin 16 laps from the finish. The No. 19 then drove away to the checkered flag, leaving Hamlin and Elliott to battle for the runner-up spot. Truex led just 20 laps to capture his second victory of the season, whereas Blaney and Hamlin combined to lead 433 of the 500 run. Up next is the third short track visit in as many races. Richmond Raceway will host its first of two scheduled races this season after holding just one event in 2020's altered schedule. Brad Keselowski was the victor last September in the playoffs.
Martin Truex Jr. – Martin Truex Jr. only led 20 laps Sunday at Martinsville, but it was enough to win after taking the lead from teammate Denny Hamlin with 16 laps to go. Truex was fast all afternoon and finished third in both opening stages before winning his second race of the