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Martin Truex Jr. will, no matter what, be getting a chance to defend his championship.

Truex turned in a dominant performance Sunday, winning from the pole to capture the Auto Club 400 in Fontana, California. The No. 78 car led 125 laps in a race that Truex and Kyle Busch dominated entirely. The pair combined to lead 187 of the 200 laps.

Truex finished nearly 11 seconds ahead of second-place Kyle Larson and clinched a spot in the NASCAR playoffs.


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