Martin Truex Jr. wins at Charlotte, advances to third round of playoffs

Martin Truex Jr. is starting the second round of the playoffs like he did the first round.

Truex, who won the playoff-opening race at Chicago, sprinted away on a two-lap restart to win at Charlotte on Sunday. The win in the first race of the second round means Truex is guaranteed to be one of the eight drivers alive for the title in the third round of the playoffs.

Truex drove away from Denny Hamlin on two late restarts. The final restart was set up by a spin from Kurt Busch after making some contact with Kyle Larson.

Chase Elliott finished second and Kevin Harvick was third. Hamlin finished fourth and Jamie McMurray finished fifth.

Kyle Busch, who caused multiple cautions during the race after he first hit the wall, was tended to by medical personnel after the race. After getting out of his car Busch laid down on the infield and had an ice bag on his chest.

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