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Truex outlasts teammate Hamlin to win again at Martinsville

Truex won for the third time in the last four races on the 0.526-mile oval, and became the first repeat winner this season.
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Martin Truex Jr., top, celebrates after winning a NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, April 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Martin Truex Jr. won a stirring, laps-long duel for the lead with teammate Denny Hamlin in the delayed NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday night. 

Truex, who nudged Hamlin repeatedly in the turns and tried to get to his inside on the straightaways without success, finally made the pass with 15 laps to go, ducking underneath Hamlin coming out of the second turn. He sailed off to victory without another challenge as Hamlin and Chase Elliott battled the rest of the way for second. 

Truex won for the third time in the last four races on the 0.526-mile oval, and became the first repeat winner this season.  Elliott held off Hamlin for second.