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NASCAR: Truex overcomes early problems to win Coca-Cola 600; Lewis Hamilton wins F1’s Monaco GP

Martin Truex Jr. overcame an early flat tire after hitting the wall, then survived a wild restart five laps from the end Sunday night to win the Coca-Cola 600 in Concord, North Carolina, for the second time in four seasons. Truex slid into the Turn 4 wall during the first stage of NASCAR’s longest event, damaging his tire and seemingly putting his chances in serious jeopardy. But crew chief Cole Pearn radioed his driver that things were not that bad and to stay calm and remain focused.

NASCAR champion Martin Truex moving to Joe Gibbs Racing with crew chief

NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr. and his crew chief will move to Joe Gibbs Racing next season to remain in the Toyota organization after their race team folds in two weeks. Truex won his first Cup title last year driving for Furniture Row Racing. Barney Visser had funded the team out of pocket for most of its existence but received relief help the last few seasons from sponsorship. Truex will replace Daniel Suarez.

Martin Truex Jr. chasing title as NASCAR’s current king of the road

Defending NASCAR Cup champion Martin Truex Jr. will go for his third straight road course race victory on Sunday at Watkins Glen. The last driver to accomplish the feat was Tony Stewart in 2005. Jeff Gordon holds the all-time record of six in a row, set in 2000.

Martin Truex Jr. pulls away on final restart to win at Pocono Raceway

Martin Truex Jr. pulled away off a restart with seven laps left to win the NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, on Sunday and thrust himself back into the championship picture. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick had turned the season into a two-driver show, winning nine of the first 13 races. Each driver spent time in front and battled for the lead over the final laps until the final restart on the 2 1/2-mile track. Truex took the checkered flag in the No. 78 Toyota after two straight runner-up finishes in a season where he was almost an afterthought compared to the Busch-Harvick dominance. Kyle Larson finished second Sunday, followed by Busch and Harvick. Brad Keselowski was fifth. – Associated Press

Martin Truex Jr. caps career season with 1st NASCAR title

Martin Truex Jr. capped the most successful season of his journeyman career as NASCAR’s champion. Truex wrapped up his first Cup title Sunday night by winning at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he beat Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski for the championship. All but Truex were former champions, but Truex was the favorite.

Martin Truex Jr. wins with heavy heart in Kansas

Martin Truex Jr. learned overnight that one of the Furniture Row Racing team’s crew members, Jim Watson, died of a heart attack while in Kansas City for the race. So with a heavy heart, Truex climbed into his No. 78 Toyota and overcame two early mistakes to win a wild playoff elimination race.