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Martin Truex Jr. dominated Sunday's Goodyear 400 to add a third victory to his 2021 tally. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver first got out front on lap 22 and then barely had to look in his mirrors as he drove away from the field. He was so quick throughout Sunday's race that by the finish he had lapped 28 of the 37-car field. The win keeps Truex as the only driver to have won multiple times in 2021 and was his second at the historic oval. Only Kyle Larson appeared to have the speed necessary to threaten the No. 19 car for the win, but Larson's charge came up short after Truex was able to hold on to the lead and work his way through traffic quickly enough to prevent Larson from making the pass before tire wear forced him to drop off and consolidate a runner-up finish. Early exits for Kurt Busch and Aric Almirola were especially painful in the race for the remaining playoff positions. Busch fell back to 20th in the standings, while Almirola is flirting with falling out of the top 30.
This week the series turns its attention to Dover International Speedway. Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick split the race wins there last season, and both remain winless in 2021. Only 14 races remain before the championship playoffs get underway, and the battle for the final spots in the playoff field is already ratcheting up.
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