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Martin Truex Jr.’s Domination Drains Drama out of a Feel-Good Story in Charlotte

Martin Truex Jr. outran his luck at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and nothing else came even close to stopping him in the Coca-Cola 600. Only once in the whole race did another car (Jimmie Johnson's Chevrolet) pass Truex's at speed. "Well, he passed me for about 100 feet," Truex said, nonplussed, afterward. It was a wonderful story...and a moribund race. A week after Joey Logano captured a spirited, if muddled, Sprint All-Star Race on the same track, Truex snuffed out optimism in the nicest way possible. "The Coke 600 is one of the races everybody wants to win," Truex said. "It's so huge. ... These are the races that define drivers' careers...But above all, for a guy like me to win a race like this is a big deal." The victory was the fourth o...

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