Martin Truex Jr. claimed Sunday's NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen International.
Truex played the fuel-strategy game better than anyone, holding off a hard-charging Matt Kenseth for victory in the I LOVE NEW YORK 355.
The NASCAR Cup points leader earned his fourth win of 2017, and his 11th career win.
"I'm kind of speechless. I really didn't think it was going to play out there," Truex told NBCSN afterward, in reference to the fuel-conservation strategy.
Truex assumed the lead on lap 64, blowing by Brad Keselowski in turn seven, but immediately got the message from his crew — save gas.
So a few laps later, Truex let Keselowski pass him. A few laps after that, he opened the door for Ryan Blaney, who easily passed the number 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota.
Crew chief Cole Pearn assured Truex via the radio both those cars would have to pit for fuel. Truex, on the other hand, could make it to the end if he was careful.
"It was so stressful to let guys go by for the lead. I've never had to do that before… You've just got to listen to your crew chief," Truex said.
Just as Pearn predicted, leader Keselowski had to pit, out of gas with three laps remaining. Blaney took the lead, but ran out a lap later.
Truex held off a furious charge from Kenseth on the last lap to secure the victory.
"Martin had the fastest car today and really did deserve to win," Kenseth said.
Daniel Suarez won the second stage, earning his first stage win of the season. Kyle Busch, who led 21 laps during the race, won the first stage.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., seeking a victory to qualify for the playoffs, had mechanical issues and parked his car after only 22 laps.
16. Dezember 2017
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|Bills QB Taylor to start v Dolphins|
|O´Mahony and Furlong sign new IRFU contracts|
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|Allardyce lauds ´invaluable´ Rooney|
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|Lille sack Bielsa to end failed experiment|
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|Malinga left out of Sri Lanka´s T20 squad|
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|Kristaps Porzingis injury update: Knicks big man says knee ´shouldn´t´ be bad|
|Conte hopeful over David Luiz´s ´serious´ knee injury|
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|Bailly to miss three months due to ankle surgery|
|Klopp defends Liverpool rotation policy|
|Arsenal fan Prince Harry´s wedding day to clash with FA Cup final|
|He´s one of the best – Simeone showers Oblak with praise|
|Juventus won´t sell in-demand Pjaca, agent claims|
|Bolasie in line for Everton return after long-term injury|
|Bedene to switch back from Britain to Slovenia|
|Maradona told Real Madrid to sign Mbappe|
|Samuels out of NZ tour, Narine to miss T20s|
|Sydney FC 3 Melbourne City 1: Champions come from behind to go eight points clear|
|Red-hot Salah wins Player of the Month|
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|Klopp right to rotate at Liverpool – Neville|
|Overton strikes twice for England in Perth|
|LeBron´s 59th triple-double leads Cavaliers past Lakers|
|Jets offensive coordinator admits surrender in blowout loss to Broncos|
|Osweiler helps Broncos past Colts|
|England collapse to be all out for 403 in Perth|
|Donnarumma plays down Milan exit rumours|
|Barkley could leave in January – Allardyce|
|Siemian suffers shoulder injury, Osweiler in for Broncos|
|Pulisic voted youngest-ever male USA player of the year|
|Griezmann will be allowed to leave – Simeone|
|Steelers LB Shazier has begun rehabilitation process|
|Guardiola appears to aim another dig at Mourinho|
14. Dezember 2017
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|Ligue 1 adopts VAR from next season|
|Calabria extends AC Milan contract|
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