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  • 23 May
    导出博客文章JOLIET, Ill. -- Martin Truex Jr. went from a completely unraveled tire that left
    him a lap down to the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship lead for the
    first time in his career.He can thank a late caution in what has been an
    emotional year for the small-team driver.Truex shot to the front after a late
    re-start and pulled away to give Furniture Row Racing a NASCAR Sprint Cup
    playoff-opening victory Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.Ive had a lot of practice
    at it, Truex said about the on-track obstacles. I think my approach really
    changed two years ago when (girlfriend) Sherry got diagnosed with cancer. My
    approach to all those things changed and made me a better driver.NASCAR
    announced after the race that Truexs No. 78 Toyota failed the laser inspection,
    but the infraction was not at the level of negating the victory for Chase
    qualification purposes. Truex is expected to receive a point penalty this
    week.Rookie Chase Elliott appeared on his way to an easy win until Michael
    McDowell blew a tire and spun out to bring a caution with five laps left.Elliott
    and Truex came in to pit for tires, with some non-Chase drivers Ryan Blaney and
    Kasey Kahne and Chase contender Carl Edwards staying on the track.Truex
    restarted fourth and Elliott fifth, and Truex quickly got to the front and held
    off Joey Logano on the final lap for his third victory of the season. Truex is
    guaranteed to move on when the Chase field is cut from 16 to 12 in two
    weeks.Truex, whose team gets technical support from Joe Gibbs Racing, made the
    last four in the 2015 Chase. His 2016 season started with near miss at the
    Daytona 500 and a Coca-Cola 600 win, while Sherry Pollex has battled ovarian
    cancer. Shes now in remission.You have to understand, this isnt the end of the
    world. Truex said of racing setbacks. We can overcome it. Thats what we did
    today.Elliott, a rookie, finished third, followed by Blaney and Chase driver
    Brad Keselowski, who sits second in points.Its not yours until its over, the
    20-year-old Elliott said. Thats part of life, man. Youre not dumb. Weve all
    watched this stuff long enough to know these races dont go green that long.Truex
    led early in the race only to have his tire come completely unraveled. It led to
    an unscheduled stop that left him a lap down in the 400-mile race.The hard
    compound came off it, Cole Pearn, Truexs crew chief, said. I guess (Goodyear)
    saw a couple other tires and came down and told us a certain sequence number had
    an issue.Truex had no other tire issues on the 1.5-mile oval and outraced Kevin
    Harvick, who also got into early trouble, to be in position for the free pass to
    the lead lap on the next caution.Jimmie Johnson dominated the middle of the
    race, leading 118 laps, until Elliott got by him on lap 176 of 267.Johnson was
    running second when he was caught speeding on pit road during the last
    green-flag stop, yelling no way! on his radio when told he had to serve a
    pass-through penalty. Johnson finished 12th, but his car also failed laser
    inspection and he could plummet in the points standings.Elliott led for 75 laps
    in what was a clean race with only three cautions until McDowells late wreck
    changed the dynamic of the race.I feel for Chase. I know what hes going through,
    Truex said. I wasnt going to catch him.WHOS HOT: Chase drivers Truex, Logano,
    Elliott, Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth all finished in
    the top 10. Jamie McMcMuray was 11th, Kurt Busch 13th, Austin Dillon 14th, Carl
    Edwards 15th and Tony Stewart 16th.WHOS NOT: Kyle Larson, who had the fastest
    car in Saturdays practice, had to change a transmission and start from the back.
    He finished 18th. ... Harvick ended up 20th amid multiple issues. ... Rookie
    Chris Buescher fell a lap down 41 laps in and two laps down before the 100th
    lap. He finished 28th.PENALTIES: Based on new rules announced last week, Johnson
    could receive a 10-point penalty, which would drop him into a tie for 12th in
    the Chase standings. Truex could be docked 15 points, but the win locks him into
    the second round.DILLON SUBS: Ty Dillon finished 27th filling in for Regan Smith
    in the No. 7 Chevrolet. Smith left the track Friday and returned to North
    Carolina after his wife went into labor.COWABUNGA: With Nickelodeon the race
    sponsor, the winning trophy was a gold base with the four Teenage Mutant Ninga
    Turtles on top in various poses. Truex plans to put it in his shop so visiting
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    titleholder and the 2014 fighter of the year, has been hailed by many as
    Americas next big boxing star.He went a long way toward living up to those lofty
    accolades after taking apart Viktor Postol in a masterful performance. Crawford
    won by unanimous decision and unified two junior welterweight world titles
    before 7,027 on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.Crawford and
    Postol, both undefeated titleholders in their primes, were universally regarded
    as the two best 140-pounders in the world coming into the fight. With the
    victory, Crawford staked his indisputable claim to division supremacy and set
    himself up for much bigger business, possibly against Manny Pacquiao.Crawford,
    who scored two knockdowns in the fifth round, won going away on all three
    scorecards: 118-107, 118-107 and 117-108. ESPN.com also scored the fight 118-107
    for Crawford, who figures to rise on the mythical pound-for-pound list with this
    performance.I just stick to what I know, boxing, Crawford said. Everybody kept
    saying I was running from him, but that wasnt true. I asked for the fight.I feel
    like I get better every fight. Viktor Postol is a great champion and he was
    dodged for a reason, but I aint the type to duck and dodge anyone.The victory
    was huge for Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs). Going into the bout, Top Rank promoter Bob
    Arum said the winner would be one of two leading candidates, along with
    welterweight titleholder Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs), to land a pay-per-view
    main event against Pacquiao, who is coming out of a brief retirement, on Nov. 5
    at the Thomas & Mack Center.Postol had no answers for Crawford on Saturday.I
    thought it was a good fight between two technicians, but he was quicker than me,
    Postol said through a translator. He is one of the best fighters in the world. I
    just didnt have the answers for him.Freddie Roach, Postols trainer, said: He was
    just too fast for us. I was surprised how fast and how good he was. Im very
    impressed with his talent.Crawford took time to gloat over the win, praising his
    trainer, Brian McIntyre.Freddie Roach and Postol said that Freddie would
    outcoach my coach, but you tell em who got outcoached tonight, Crawford
    said.?Added McIntyre: The game plan was to keep Postols legs moving, and that
    took away his jab and right hand. And they told me I wasnt on Freddie Roachs
    level. ... I had the better fighter.The fight began slowly as both men looked to
    get a sense of each other. But Postol, who is 5-foot-11 and held a 3-inch height
    advantage, appeared to tower over Crawford, who struggled to find his range
    early. Crawford, 28, of Omaha, Nebraska, fired plenty of jabs, but virtually all
    of them missed because he could not get inside the longer Postol.After three
    technical rounds, the action heated up in the fourth, when Crawford seemed to
    hurt Postol, 32, of Ukraine, with a hard left hand to the head, bringing to life
    the pro-Crawford crowd, which began to chant, Omaha! Omaha!Crawford, who
    retained his title for the third time, appeared to have figured out Postol by
    the fifth round.dddddddddddd He landed a left hand that forced Postol (28-1, 12
    KOs) to touch the mat with his right knee for a knockdown. Later in the round,
    Crawford landed a powerful left hand that sent him into the ropes and forced him
    to touch his gloves to the mat to keep his balance; referee Tony Weeks called
    another knockdown.After the round, McIntyre told Crawford, He aint got no legs
    no more, he aint got no legs after that knockdown.The fifth round was the
    turning point of the fight. Before that round, all three judges had the fight
    38-38. Then Crawford won all but one round on one card the rest of the fight.I
    caught my rhythm and I knew everything I would do from there on (after the fifth
    round), Crawford said. Hes the type of fighter that has to be set to punch, so I
    kept his feet moving, kept him off balance. Every time I connect with a solid
    shot, I was hurting him.Crawford, who switched from right-handed to southpaw
    early in the fight, rocked Postol with a left hand in the sixth round -- another
    clear round Crawford won.I went southpaw and took his jab away, Crawford said. I
    jabbed over his jab. My right hand caught his jab.Crawford continued to dominate
    at the start of the eighth round, when he landed a clean right hand to drive
    Postol back. Later in the round, he knocked Postol off balance with a hard jab
    and then landed another flurry of shots, including a left hand, that nearly
    dropped him.Crawford nearly dropped Postol again in the ninth round with a left
    hand.?A frustrated Postol, who made $675,000, resorted to rabbit punching in the
    11th round. He nailed Crawford with a right hand behind the head, for which
    Postol was penalized one point, merely adding to Crawfords overwhelming
    advantage.As Crawford, who earned $1.3 million, toyed with Postol in the 12th
    round, he taunted him, stuck his tongue out and also lashed him with hard
    punches, eliciting roars from the crowd as the fight ended. HBO will replay the
    pay-per-view fight next Saturday at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.Crawford was going for a
    knockout in the final round as he strafed Postol, who knocked out Lucas
    Matthysse in the 10th round to win a vacant title in a big upset in October and
    was making his first defense.He told me come on, so I said, Lets go and he
    retreated, Crawford said.After the fight, talk quickly turned to the possible
    showdown with Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs), the Filipino great and boxings only
    eight-division titleholder.If Bob Arum wants that fight and my coaches want that
    fight, thats something well talk about later, Crawford said. I let my coaches
    handle that. I am a fighter and I will fight anybody. Im happy and Im about to
    go on vacation. We not worried about Manny Pacquiao right now.But Crawford made
    one thing clear -- if the fight happens, he will insist that Pacquiao, who has
    been fighting as a welterweight for years, come down in weight to challenge him
    for his title belts at junior welterweight.It will be at 140, Crawford said. ' '
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