Truex makes it look easy in Ken­tucky Speed­way win

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Martin Truex Jr. boldly de­clared his Toy­ota the best car he had ever raced, and sev­eral sta­tis­tics make it hard to dis­pute him. There also was plenty of vis­ual ev­i­dence of how close to per­fect his Satur­day night went.

Truex was dom­i­nant through­out and had enough left on a fi­nal restart to win the NASCAR Cup race night at Ken­tucky Speed­way. “It was very big to do what we did tonight,” Truex said. “I can never re­call sav­ing fuel and pulling away from every­body be­fore, so it was pretty amaz­ing.”

Sec­ond in points en­ter­ing the 400-mile event, Truex started sec­ond be­side Kyle Busch and won the first two stages. Truex led the fi­nal seg­ment by as many as 15 sec­onds be­fore a fi­nal cau­tion cre­ated over­time and bunched the field to­gether.

That made no dif­fer­ence as Truex got a push past Busch on the restart and went on to his third victory of the sea­son and 10th of his ca­reer. He led five times for 152 of 274 laps and swept all three stages in the No. 78 Toy­ota to earn 60 points, in­clud­ing seven play­off points, and draw within one of stand­ings leader Kyle Lar­son, who fin­ished sec­ond in a Chevy. Truex’s dom­i­nant per­for­mance wasn’t the only rea­son he was smil­ing. He was ea­ger to get back and bring his girl­friend, Sherry Pollex, home after a med­i­cal pro­ce­dure. Pollex has bat­tled ovar­ian can­cer and tweeted Satur­day that there had been a re­cur­rence re­quir­ing surgery.

“Ev­ery­thing went per­fectly good, went as planned,” he said. “I’m bring­ing her home to­mor­row, so I’m ex­cited to see her and ev­ery­thing’s go­ing great. She was pretty ex­cited.” Chase El­liott was third in a Chevy, fol­lowed by Denny Ham­lin and Busch in Toy­otas. Busch led 112 laps, but fell short of his third Ken­tucky victory.

Then again, Truex wasn’t in­clined to let any­one get close in earn­ing his first Ken­tucky tri­umph. Pole win­ner Busch pounced right away and led the first 66 laps but often had Truex close by in the bat­tle of Toy­otas. Truex twice found the speed to make timely passes and ul­ti­mately took the first two stages, but he saved his best for the last seg­ment.

Run­ning sev­enth as the third stage be­gan, Truex was back in front within sev­eral laps and merely got stronger as he went along.

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