Martin Truex Jr. was a lap down after he had to make an unscheduled pit stop for a completely unraveled tire.
Truex could have cursed his bad luck. He could have lost his cool. Instead, he took a different approach.
"The mindset was, all right, this isn't good, this is bad," he said. "I really wish this didn't happen, but it did. How are we going to overcome it?"
One furious closing charge was enough.
Truex surged to the front on a late re-start and pulled away to give Furniture Row Racing a NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff-opening victory Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.
"I've had a lot of practice at it," Truex said about the...