Martin Truex bided his time, took the lead with 12 laps to go and drove to an easy victory in the Stacker 200 on Saturday at Dover International Speedway.
It was the fifth win of the year, and of his career, for Truex, tying him with rookie Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle for most in the Busch series. Truex increased his points lead over Busch to 152 after 27 of 34 races.
"Winning at Dover means everything to me," said Truex, a native of Mayetta, N.J. "I've got a lot of fans in the stands."
He said the victory was not achieved easily despite his Chevrolet being the class of the field.
"We had a really good car at the start, but then it went away," Truex said. "But we really worked on it, and we had the best car."
He took the lead from polesitter Kasey Kahne, a Nextel Cup rookie, on the third of 200 laps and led the next 20. Kahne took it back for 57 laps but was not a factor when his car faded in the second half of the race.
After that, it was just a question of Truex slowly overtaking several cars attempting to stretch their gas until he moved within a few car lengths of Kenny Wallace, whose car began to sputter on Lap 189.
"I didn't dream of running out of gas," said Wallace, who had been told by his crew he might go dry on the last lap. "I can't calculate the fuel mileage."
Mike McLaughlin was second in a Ford in his fourth start since replacing Bobby Hamilton Jr., who moved to the Cup series.
Kahne was third in a Dodge, followed by the Chevys of Jason Leffler and Johnny Sauter.