Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/26/14

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 20: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, stands next to his car in the garage prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2009 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Martin Truex Jr. couldn't hold back the tears - not that anyone would blame him after his 218-race winless streak ended at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday. While it's not the longest stretch a driver has endured between wins - that record belongs to former champion Bill Elliott, who waited 226 races between wins - among active drivers, it is the longest drought between a first win (June 4, 2007) and a second. Yes, Truex has been close. Most recently he led 142 laps at Texas Motor Speedway before a late-race caution changed the complexion of the event and relegated Truex to a second-place finish. Last year, Truex dominated Kansas. He held the lead for 173 of 267 laps before finishing second again. For Truex to come so close only to fail was brutal for the former Nationwide Series champion, who acknowledged it would have been difficult to keep his sanity without his "support group" led by long-time girlfriend Sherry Pollex, his family, his friends and his team. "It's difficult," Truex sa...
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