Martin Truex Jr. was overcome with emotion after his 218-race winless streak finally ended at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday.
Although it's not the longest stretch a driver has endured between wins it is in-fact the longest anyone has ever gone between a first win (June 4, 2007) and a second.
In the six years since he last won a race, Truex has raced for two different teams and had three new crew chiefs - including his latest pit boss, Chad Johnston, who took over the No. 56 team in 2011.
Perennial contender Clint Bowyer and veteran Mark Martin became Truex’s teammates, and he admitted that Bowyer's influence at MWR has raised the bar.
“He's been such a great teammate since he's come to Michael Waltrip Racing,” Truex told Foxsports.
“Him and Mark and Brian (Vickers) when he runs, even though it's very part time, great teammates, (crew chief) Rodney Childers and all the 55 guys and (crew chief) Brian Pattie, all the 15 guys and our guys, they work together so great.
“Last year, we had a lot of new things come into Michael Waltrip Racing, but one thing, the biggest thing that helped us get to the Chase for the first time and win races and be competitive and almost have Clint challenge for the championship was teamwork.
“I'm very thankful for Clint, Mark, Brian and everybody that's been a part of our team for all the help that they've given me and vice versa. It's been so much fun to work with those guys.”
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