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FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 08: Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard/AMP Energy Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 8, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR)
(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos.) By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer After 218 consecutive losses, Martin Truex Jr. wasn't quite certain he'd actually won at Sonoma Raceway when he woke the day after the victory. ''I have not stopped smiling since Sunday, as you can imagine,'' Truex said Tuesday. ''I woke up Monday morning and looked at my phone to make sure it really happened and I wasn't just dreaming. It's been way too long since I felt this good, and hopefully the next one won't be too far away.'' Truex's previous only Sprint Cup Series win had been at Dover in 2007, and it took him more than six years to get back to Victory Lane. He'd been close plenty of times with Michael Waltrip Racing, only to come up short in his bid for a win. This year alone, he led 142 laps at Texas but finished second, was fourth at Kansas after leading 46 laps, had an engine failure on a strong car at Dover and was third at Michigan. In 2011, he finished second or third four times. So when he fina...
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