Martin Truex, Jr.

Martin Truex Jr. wins NASCAR Cup race at Kansas following death of team member

Martin Truex Jr. wins NASCAR Cup race at Kansas following death of team member

Martin Truex Jr. overcame two early mistakes to win a wild playoff elimination race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, an emotional victory for his Furniture Row Racing team following the death of a crew member the previous night.

Truex was already assured of advancing to the round of eight after winning a couple weeks ago at Charlotte. But after starting on the pole, the season's most dominant driver calmly overcame a restart violation and a loose tire early on to win for the seventh time this season.

Hours before the race, the Furniture Row team learned that fabricator Jim Watson had died Saturday night of a heart attack while in town for the playoff race. He was 55.

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