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Martin Truex Jr. takes first race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup

Martin Truex Jr. takes first race in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup

A shredded tire almost ruined Martin Truex Jr.’s chances to win Sunday’s Sprint Cup Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway.

Then, when time was running out, another shredded tire came to the rescue.

Truex turned his good fortune, a great pit stop and a big blast of speed into his first career win at Chicagoland and an automatic berth in the next round of the Chase.

The best part?

“The next two weeks we don’t have to worry about flat tires or somebody running into us and wrecking us,” Truex said. “We don’t have to worry about the things we can’t control. All we have to focus on is going to the race track and continuing...

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