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"It was tough out there today; the vehicle was a handful", Truex said.

"I felt like coming into this round, we'd have to have a win in order to advance", McMurray said. "Just thankful to him and this whole team and Barney (owner) and everybody for giving us everything we need". I just lost it for a minute.

"Overall just the way we've been running since the playoffs started has been refreshing, and definitely makes it a lot of fun to come to the track and know that our auto is going to drive pretty good, our pit stops have been really nice, and now is definitely the time of year to do that", said Elliott, who has seemed to shake a summer slump.

The balance of the top-10 finishers were: Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Jamie McMurray, Daniel Suarez, Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson. "Everybody in the field had a bad stop at some point today, so it was a good day for our Jimmy John's/Busch Ford, and everybody is doing a good job with the speed of the cars".

The victory automatically transfers Truex into the next round of the playoffs (Round 8). "We thought we had a good chance to run in the top 10 and we did. If we capitalize on them, hopefully we'll have our day". The over-the-wall crew, which was outstanding all day, got Truex off of pit road first.

Truex was the leader after the race's lone cycle of green-flag pit stops concluded on lap 234. Larson wound up 11th for the restart after one of his crewmen slipped when servicing the vehicle and Harvick was back up to second. "But if we had three races like we did today, we'll make it on points". At the checkered flag, he was 10th.

The.526-mile track will host the First Data 500 on Sunday, Oct. 29. Fortunately for Truex Jr., a late caution caused by Kyle Busch didn't keep him from winning. "I can make sure of that". He probably had a right to, but it was early in the race, and we had a good vehicle.

He said it was hard to get a read on the upper groove of the track where officials had applied a sticky compound designed to improve traction and create more competitive racing.


Truex battled Harvick and Kyle Larson multiple times for the lead throughout the latter part of the race. Harvick retook the lead on the next restart on lap 121 and ran up front for the remainder of the second stage.

Things turned sour for Busch when his No. 18 Toyota, running second at the time, slapped the wall on Lap 136. With seven laps remaining and enjoying a safe lead, the caution came out. Like his teammate Busch, Hamlin was drained after the race.

NOTES: NASCAR moved the start of the Bank of America 500 up by an hour in an attempt to beat forecasted rain.

Look at him now, fresh off a series-best sixth win of the season and the unquestioned favorite to win the Cup title next month. Jimmie Johnson is an eight-time victor at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including the win of last year's Bank of America 500.

The NASCAR Cup Series kicked off the Round of 12 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday. She's has a chemotherapy session scheduled Monday.

Truex, a two-time Xfinity Series champion who had never found the same success at the Cup level, was the best of the available drivers. Ryan Blaney and Austin Dillon finished in the top five in the Xfinity race, finishing third and fourth, respectively.

Busch also crashed twice during practice Friday.

And at the moment, he's inside the cutoff to advance to the semifinal round of eight with two races remaining in the quarterfinal round.

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