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Sep 18

Martin Truex Jr. rallies, wins NASCAR Playoffs opener at Chicagoland (+video)

Truex’s fifth victory of the season, his second straight at Chicagoland and the 12th of his career was hardly a cakewalk

Remember all those playoff points that were supposed to carry regular-season champion Martin Truex Jr. through the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs?

He didn’t need them — not after what turned out to be a dominating victory in Sunday’s Tales of the Turtles 400, the Playoff opener at Chicagoland Speedway. Truex’s fifth victory of the season, his second straight at Chicagoland and the 12th of his career was hardly a cakewalk, even though the driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota took the checkered flag 7.179 seconds ahead of runner-up Chase Elliott.

In earning automatic advancement to the Round of 8, Truex had to overcome a speeding penalty incurred on a green-flag pit stop on Lap 39 and loose lug nuts that forced him to return to pit road and restart deep in the field after the end of Stage 1.

The complete article here on NASCAR.com

source: NASCAR.com

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