Truex wins at Po­cono

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

Martin Truex Jr. slapped the top of his No. 78 Chevrolet, thrust his right fist to­ward the sky and bounded straight into his girl­friend’s arms.

They hugged, kissed and Truex lifted her into the air.

Truex has stood by Sherry Pollex’s side through her fight with ovar­ian can­cer. Pollex was strong for Truex when his ca­reer was in flux fol­low­ing a scan­dal that cost him a shot at a cham­pi­onship and his ride.

Sun­day at Po­cono Race­way in Long Pond, Pa., they were set for an over­due cel­e­bra­tion.

Truex led the most laps for the fourth straight race, only this time he was in front on the one that mat­tered most, break­ing through for his first Sprint Cup victory since 2013.

“This is eas­ily the big­gest win of my ca­reer,” Truex said.

Truex won the race and NASCAR’s ver­sion of a pop­u­lar­ity con­test in victory lane. Driv­ers, own­ers, crew mem­bers popped by for high-fives and con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sages. Dale Earn­hardt Jr. hugged Pollex. Jim­mie John­son fist-bumped Truex.

Truex and Pollex, a cou­ple since 2005, have en­dured their share of per­sonal and pro­fes­sional heartache over the last 18 months. Pollex, was di­ag­nosed with can­cer last sum­mer and she had var­i­ous or­gans re­moved, in­clud­ing her ovaries, fal­lop­ian tubes and part of her stom­ach.

Fur­ni­ture Row owner Bar­ney Visser told Truex he could sit out the rest of the sea­son fol­low­ing Pollex’s di­ag­no­sis and still keep his ride for 2015. Truex, though greatly ap­pre­cia­tive, de­clined the of­fer. Truex took an­other hit when his grand­mother, Roberta, died Wed­nes­day in the fam­ily home­town of Mayetta, N.J.

Kevin Har­vick was sec­ond, fol­lowed by John­son, Joey Logano and Kurt Busch.

With a new car at Po­cono, Truex raced to his third win in 347 ca­reer starts. Truex is the 10th driver to win a race this sea­son and qual­ify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup cham­pi­onship.

Lewis Hamil­ton quickly put his re­cent Monaco pit stop blun­der — and ev­ery­one else in the For­mula One field — be­hind him.

The reign­ing world cham­pion won the Canadian Grand Prix in Mon­treal, lead­ing from the pole to the check­ered flag with no threat from any­one ex­cept his Mercedes team­mate, Nico Ros­berg. Ros­berg fin­ished sec­ond. Valt­teri Bot­tas was third.

An­tron Brown raced to his 50th NHRA victory Sun­day, beat­ing Brit­tany Force in the top fuel fi­nal in the Toy­ota NHRA Sum­mer­na­tion­als at his home track.

Brown had a 3.843-sec­ond run at 318.47 mph at Old Bridge Town­ship Race­way Park in English­town, N.J., for the mile­stone victory. He has 34 vic­to­ries in top fuel af­ter win­ning 16 times in pro stock mo­tor­cy­cle. The victory was his third of the sea­son, and first in top fuel at the track.

The 2012 top fuel se­ries cham­pion and cur­rent points leader raced past Force, who lost trac­tion early in the run and fin­ished in 5.398 at 150.16.

Matt Ha­gan won in funny car, Greg An­der­son in pro stock, and Jerry Savoie in pro stock mo­tor­cy­cle.

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