Martin Truex Jr. escapes Coliseum chaos, wins Busch Light Clash in LA

 LOS ANGELES — In front of a large, enthusiastic crowd in one of the most iconic venues in sports, Martin Truex Jr. earned his first NASCAR Cup Series victory in more than a season in a rough-and-tumble all-thrills Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum on Sunday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Truex’s No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota held off Austin Dillon’s No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet by a mere .786 seconds, leading the final 25 laps of the 150-lap annual non-points exhibition event marking the start of the NASCAR season. It was the first career Busch Light Clash victory for the former series champion.