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article imageNASCAR: Truex Jr. wins for first time in six years

By John Duarte     Jun 24, 2013 in Sports
Sonoma - Martin Truex Jr. would be hard pressed to remember his last win in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, but that hardly mattered after he won the Toyota-Save Mart 350 in California wine country on Sunday afternoon.
Truex Jr. had last visited Victory Lane in 2007, on June 4 to be exact in Dover, Delaware. For next 218 races, Truex Jr. never wavered. He raced. He finished second six times. But he remained upbeat, and hopeful, his time would come again.
“It’s definitely a load off my shoulders and, who knows, maybe it will come easier now,” Truex Jr. said. “Obviously, for me, it’s just—you know—it’s quite a relief to be honest. I don’t know what else to say. Just a special, special day for me. It was a lot of fun today.”
Truex Jr. knows that, on any given race day, all the drivers on the track are looking at one thing. They want that checkered flag waving overhead as their car flashed across the finish line ahead of the pack. More often than not, it doesn’t work out that way. “That’s part of racing,” he said.
“We have had some very, very tough breaks and things have happened. We honestly could have won three of four races in the past year and a half if things had just played out differently. That’s part of racing. That the way it goes,” said Truex Jr. “Today, it played out in our favour and I was just glad it happened finally.”
On this day, Truex Jr. crossed the finish line to win the Toyota-Save Mart 350 by 8.133 seconds over Jeff Gordon. The runner-up said that, although he didn’t win and it wasn’t perfect, he was happy with his result.
“Luckily we had a fast race car and stayed with our pit strategy, and things went our way,” Gordon said. “We just had a really good race car and we were able to drive up through. That part was a lot of fun.”
Carl Edwards finished in third place.
Jimmie Johnson finished ninth and holds on to his lead in the Sprint Cup Series drivers’ standings. Edwards remains second, 25 points behind the leader, and Clint Bowyer is third, 45 points behind Johnson.
The Quaker State 400 is up next on the schedule. The 17th of 35 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ races runs on July 6 at the Kentucky Speedway.
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