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Truex wins Southern 500

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SPRINT CUPBOJANGLES' SOUTHERN 500Site: Darlington, South Carolina Schedule: Sunday, race, 6 p.m., NBC.

Truex led the final 28 laps and held off the Kevin Harvick's powerhouse auto to win the Southern 500, closing the summer season with a second of Sprint Cup's "crown jewel" races on Labor Day weekend.

The win gives Truex two wins in NASCAR's premier races and the win earned him his first multi-win season on the Cup circuit.

Truex pulled up to the inside wall to greet his crew, then taking off for some celebration donuts at the track "Too Tough To Tame".

Kevin Harvick finished second after leading a race-high 213 laps.

The second round of green flag stops came as the halfway point approached and the amount of cars on the lead lap had shrunk to 18 with the daytime start of the race having slipped into night. Joey Logano was fifth, followed by Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott.

Martin Truex, Jr. won the race, holding off Kevin Harvick in the final laps.

"We weathered the storm, got everything we could to set up, we're ready to roll", said Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan and Charleston native Lance Kenyon.

"Apparently he got mad at me", said Scott.

It was the second Southern 500 victory for Truex's Denver-based Furniture Row Racing.

So are many in the Sprint Cup garage and the stands.

Truex will certainly be a strong contender when the 10-race Chase for a Championship starts at Chicagoland Speedway in two weeks. It was worth the wait. Instead, Harvick's victory bid came undone due to three late pit stops that saw him lose a total of 17 positions on pit road.

"We have championship cars and we're just mediocre on pit road", Harvick said.

"Just can't say enough about this team and Barney Visser (team owner), and everybody at Toyota and TRD - the engines have been unbelievable this year". Last race: Driving at Michigan, Kyle Larson nabbed his first career win.

Harvick reclaimed the lead from Keselowski on lap 144 and began pulling away from the rest of the field.

Actually, he has won over twice as many as teammate and six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson. He was called pass-through penalty after his crew made a modification on pit road NASCAR didn't like, then fell two laps down. Later in the race, Johnson, running a lap down, lost control of his Chevrolet in traffic in the fourth turn and slid into the inside wall. While Truex and his team certainly didn't dominate Sunday night, they were in the top five for much of the race, and are hoping to carry that momentum right into the postseason.

When asked later what happened, Stewart said, "He wrecked".

There were lots of problems for others throughout the night, including one that cost Tony Stewart a summons to the NASCAR hauler for a conversation with officials after the race. Nemechek could have cut it out after the first two bumps of Custer didn't work. Make sure you tweet us your thoughts after the race or email your post-race rants via the link in the signature line below.

"I was pointing him to the inside to let him go", Scott said. More important, they are the household names for NASCAR, the ones who move the needle and make people pay attention.

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