Despite Leading 390 of the 500 Laps, Larson’s Pit Road Penalty, Truex/Logano Fade in Monday’s Food City 500

It was shaping up to be a Kyle Larson vs. Martin Truex Jr. vs. Joey Logano fight for the win in Monday’s rain delayed Food City 500. That trio of drivers were by far the class of the field in today’s 500 lap race at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway.

Martin Truex Jr. during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 24, 2017 in Bristol, Tennessee.

Larson, led the first 202 laps of Monday’s race, and was in the hunt for most of the way. The 202 laps led, were the most in any given race for a Chip Ganassi Racing driver. But, a pit road speeding penalty inside of 50 laps-to-go thwarted any efforts of his No. 42 Chevrolet reaching victory lane on Monday, as he exited the pit lane of the .533-mile track first, but was penalized and had to restart 20th.

He’d luck out with a caution in the final stages for Paul Menard, but in order to get back in the hunt, he’d have to stay out of the pits. He’d restart second on old tires. Because of that, the older tires caused him to drop, as he came home sixth on Monday for his sixth top six in eight races to start this season off.

Truex, had a strong car all day too as he led 116 laps of his own. He was battle hard with Larson and even won the second stage this afternoon. But, he faded in the end and brought his No. 78 Toyota home eighth.

Logano, was the top Ford for much of the afternoon, but like Truex, he faded in the end and brought his No. 22 Ford home fifth. It was his seventh top six finish in eight starts to the season, but it’s getting frustrating as he just wants to win soon. Logano, led 72 laps himself.

Combined, the trio led 390 of the 500 laps this afternoon (78%), but none came away with the win.

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