Martin Truex Jr. had about 40 laps to go and Clint Bowyer closing fast.
In a race to see who could preserve their car best, Truex outlasted Bowyer and then held off a four-lap charge by Joey Logano to win the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night in Richmond, Va.
“I was struggling the last 40 laps,” Truex said. “I was just real, real tight that last run. I just had to hold him off. Being out front was important tonight.”
Because he did, Truex gave Joe Gibbs Racing its sixth victory in nine races this season and won for the first time ever on tracks shorter than a mile.
Truex led a race-high 186 laps and picked up his 20th career victory and 17th in the past four seasons.
• Northern California’s Alexander Rossi will try to win his second consecutive race through the streets of Long Beach from the pole. Scott Dixon qualified second for Sunday’s IndyCar Series race.
at red-hot Houston
Tomas Martinez scored his first goal of the season, Mauro Manotas had two assists and the Houston Dynamo beat the Earthquakes 2-1 for their fourth straight victory.
For San Jose, Jackson Yueill, a 22-year-old who was the sixth overall pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, scored his first MLS goal to make it 1-1 in the 56th minute. But the Quakes (1-5-0) have now lost 12 of their past 14 MLS games.
The match was delayed 73 minutes at halftime because of inclement weather.
• In MLS highlights, Will Bruin and Cristian Roldan scored two minutes apart midway through the second half and the host Seattle Sounders stayed unbeaten with a 3-2 victory over Toronto FC. … Ezequiel Barco scored in each half and defending MLS Cup champion Atlanta United won for the first time this season (1-2-2), 2-0 at the New England Revolution. … Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two first-half goals, including a penalty kick, and the surging Los Angeles Galaxy beat the visiting Philadelphia Union 2-0 for their fourth straight win. … Carlos Vela had a goal and an assist and Western Conference-leading Los Angeles FC beat visiting Cincinnati 2-0. … Osvaldo Alonso and Angelo Rodriguez scored and Minnesota United opened its new stadium with a 3-3 draw with New York City FC. Allianz Field is a $250 million facility built halfway between the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
• Paul Pogba’s two penalties and goalkeeper David De Gea’s quick reflexes kept Manchester United in the hunt for a top-four finish in the English Premier League with a 2-1 victory over West Ham.
Tottenham remained three points ahead of United in third place by beating Huddersfield 4-0, with Lucas Moura scoring a hat trick.
Boxing: Two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields remained undefeated with a unanimous decision over Christina Hammer in a middleweight championship bout in Atlantic City, N.J., which was one of the most anticipated fights in women’s boxing history.
Shields (9-0) held three versions of the 160-pound title and snagged Hammer’s slice of the division championship to unify the championships.
“I am the greatest woman of all time. Give me that,” Shields said in the ring. “Women’s boxing, we’re on fire. I can’t wait to see the next super fight.”
College hockey: Parker Mackay had a goal and an assist, Hunter Shepard stopped 18 shots and Minnesota Duluth won its second straight college hockey title, beating Massachusetts 3-0 at the Frozen Four in Buffalo N.Y.
It’s the third championship for the Bulldogs (29-11-2), who beat Denver in the Frozen Four final a year ago and also won in 2011.
Arrested: Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills and Washington Wizards forward Devin Robinson were arrested after a fight outside a nightclub, Washington police said. Robinson was taken to a hospital for treatment, and also lost his job with the Wizards, who said they would not make him a qualifying offer after the incident.
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