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Martin Truex Jr. dominates at Kentucky

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Martin Truex Jr., Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez went to an Olympic training facility in Utah to work out with Olympians and learn more about winter sports.
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SPARTA, Ky.  —  Martin Truex Jr. was making the Quaker State 400 field look ridiculous Saturday night. As in, Secretariat winning The Belmont by 31 lengths (1973) or Tiger Woods winning the U.S. Open by 15 strokes (2000).

It was that kind of dominant, until it wasn’t. But in the end, Truex indeed was spewing victory burnout smoke over the grandstands at Kentucky Speedway.

Truex was leading by a mammoth 16 seconds and about to take the white flag for the last lap in the seventh annual Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series race at this 1.5-mile layout, when Kurt Busch’s car began smoking back in the pack. That slowed the field for a caution flag and erased Truex’s big lead.

The scheduled 267-lap race instead went to seven laps of overtime, with Truex fans hoping their man’s tires were fresh enough for the re-start.

“I thought we were dead,” Truex…

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