Truex dom­i­nates at Ken­tucky to earn third vic­tory of sea­son

The Washington Post Sunday - - BASEBALL -

Martin Truex Jr. was dom­i­nant through­out and had enough left on a fi­nal restart to win the NASCAR Cup Se­ries race Satur­day night at Ken­tucky Speed­way.

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

That made no dif­fer­ence. Truex flew past Busch on the restart and went on to his third vic­tory of the sea­son and the 10th of his ca­reer. He led five times for 152 of 274 laps in the No. 78 Toy­ota to draw within a point of stand­ings leader Kyle Lar­son, who fin­ished second in a Chevy.

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 led the first 66 laps, but Truex twice found the speed to make timely passes and ul­ti­mately took the first two stages.

And 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. He had a 13-second lead with about 55 laps re­main­ing and was run­ning all alone be­fore Kurt Busch blew an en­gine with two laps left to cre­ate ex­tra time. It didn’t mat­ter. Truex’s dom­i­nance stole the spot­light from Kyle Busch, who won the Xfin­ity Se­ries race ear­lier Satur­day and for a while ap­peared headed to­ward NASCAR’s first same-day sweep of the two se­ries. But Ken­tucky’s most dom­i­nant driver — nor any­body else — could touch Truex.

Lar­son’s fin­ish was im­pres­sive con­sid­er­ing he started 40th af­ter fail­ing in­spec­tion Fri­day.

Dale Earn­hardt Jr. led three laps and fin­ished 12th, one spot higher than he started in his fi­nal Ken­tucky race.

INDYCAR: Will Power will start first in Sun­day’s race at Iowa Speed­way in New­ton af­ter win­ning his fourth pole of the sea­son.

FOR­MULA ONE: Valtteri Bot­tas beat Se­bas­tian Vet­tel to take the pole po­si­tion for Sun­day’s Aus­trian Grand Prix in Spielberg. It is the second pole of the Fin­nish driver’s ca­reer.

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