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Martin Truex Jr. Wins Ho-Hum Dover, but Chase Drama Now Ramps Up

The first segment of the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup is in the books. Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr. has won two of the first three races. The latest, at Dover International Speedway in Delaware, was a bit on the tepid side. So, in general, was the first segment. Patience, please. That's the plan. The current format, now in its third year, is designed to provide a gradual increase in heat. The Chase has been simmering. Over the remaining weeks, as the field of eligible champions is winnowed down from 12 to eight to four, the excitement will increase. It couldn't happen any other way. At a Friday media conference, six-time champion Jimmie Johnson said: "It's so hard to make everybody happy. It actually frustrates me to hear th...

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