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  • January 3, 2019
    导出博客文章DOVER, Del. -- Martin Truex Jr.?endured season after empty season as other
    drivers hoisted trophies and celebrated championships, and he wondered if he was
    running out of time to become a winner.Bad cars, bad teams, bad luck.Whatever
    the cause, Truex was a journeyman driver seemingly doomed to a mediocre career.
    Now, what quantifies as a downer in Truexs career rebirth is that he failed to
    actually sweep the first round of the Chase -- but two of three is pretty
    dominant.Were not messing around, I guess, Truex said. We are here to get it
    done.Truexs late-season surge extended Sunday at Dover International Speedway,
    where he captured his second victory in the first three Chase races. Truex won
    for the fourth time this season in the No. 78 Toyota and paired this Chase win
    with his opening victory at Chicagoland.Kind of a bonus win, crew chief Cole
    Pearn said. We didnt need it all.Well, plenty of other Chase drivers did.Tony
    Stewart finished 13th, and the three-time NASCAR champion was knocked out of
    contention in the first elimination race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup
    championship.Chris Buescher and Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Kyle Larson and
    Jamie McMurray also dropped out of the Chase. The field was sliced from 16
    drivers to 12.Austin Dillon finished eighth and moved from outside the points
    cutoff of the Chase to a transfer spot and advanced to the next round.Kevin
    Harvick, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott,
    Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch joined Truex and
    Dillon in the next round that opens at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Kyle Busch was
    second, followed by Elliott, Keselowski, Kenseth and Logano -- the only five
    other cars that finished on the lead lap.Truex won his first career Cup race at
    Dover in 2007 and didnt win again until 2013. But his career took off in 2015,
    his second year at Furniture Row Racing, and he used a win at Pocono last year
    to make the Chase and become one of four drivers racing for the championship in
    the finale.His career absolutely exploded with FRR and Toyota this season. Truex
    led a stunning 392 laps in a Coca-Cola 600 victory and then won at Darlington
    just two races before the Chase opened. He has led at least 140 laps in three of
    the last four races.The last month has just been ridiculous, he said.Harvick won
    last week at New Hampshire and was the only other driver to earn an automatic
    berth in the second round.Here are other items of note from DoverMOKE
    OUTStewart, the 2002, 2005 and 2011 Cup champion, will retire at the end of the
    season without a fourth championship.Ill tell you one thing, this one race,
    whatever happens, is not going to define the season this team has, Stewart told
    his team over the radio.He fell just short of keeping a drive for four alive.We
    kept making it better all day. That is as good as we had, he said.GANASSI
    GAFFESGanassi went from two Chase drivers to none.Larsons race turned into a
    disaster early when the No. 42 Chevrolet lost power. His Chevy was pushed to pit
    road and a battery was changed. He then had to serve a pass-through penalty for
    having too many crew members over the wall during the pit stop.Larson, one of
    the top young drivers in the sport, had held the final transfer spot entering
    the race.Jamie McMurray saw his Chase end at Dover for the second straight
    season. He battled problems in the No. 1 Chevy for most of the race before his
    engine blew near the halfway point. McMurray was 13th and hoped to race his way
    into the next round. He held the final transfer spot heading into last years
    race and lost his spot to Dale Earnhardt Jr.FIRST TO (ALMOST) WORSTHarvick had
    to take a deep breath and be thankful that he won last week at New Hampshire, or
    he would have faced sure elimination. Harvicks No. 4 Chevrolet had a broken
    track bar early in the race that sent the car to the garage. Harvick returned
    more than 40 laps off the pace and finished 37th. Harvick, the 2014 Sprint Cup
    champion, has never finished last in a race in his career.JUNIOR AND
    JEFFEarnhardt watched the race from atop the pit box for the first time because
    his season ended in July (concussion). Jeff Gordon finished 10th in Juniors
    regular 88 Chevrolet ride. Gordon, who had retired at the end of last season,
    has one more race left subbing for Earnhardt later this month at
    Martinsville.DOUBLE DIPDaniel Suarez won the Xfinity Series, delayed a day by
    rain, to kick off 600 miles of racing. NASCAR ran its first Xfinity-Cup
    doubleheader since April 25, 2010, at Talladega Superspeedway.UP NEXTThe second
    round of the Chase opens at Charlotte and Logano is the defending race winner.
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    round of the Royal Guard Open in Chile last week to down Carreno Busta in 1
    hour, 25 minutes. On a day filled mostly with qualifying matches, fifth-seeded
    Marcel Granollers of Spain also entered the second with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over
    Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, while Guido Pella of Argentina defeated Guillermo
    Garcia-Lopez of Spain 7-6 , 6-4 to advance.
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    the Charlotte Bobcats Bradley Beal scored 21 points and the Wizards used a 17-0
    run in the third quarter to take control of what had been a close game and beat
    the Bobcats 97-83 on Tuesday night. .
    With the short-handed Warriors needing help from someone -- anyone -- to stop a
    three-game skid, ONeal returned from right knee and groin injuries that had
    sidelined him for four games and put up season highs with 18 points and eight
    rebounds. It was just enough to help lift Golden State to a 102-101 victory over
    the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.
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    Blackwood, 28, has played the last three seasons in the San Diego Padres system,
    including the past two summers with Class AA San Antonio of the Texas League.
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A new coach, a new arena and a new attitude. The
    Sacramento Kings hope these qualities can help transform a losing franchise into
    a winning one.DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and Rudy Gay added 28 and the Kings
    defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-103 on Saturday night.Down as many as 18
    points and playing lethargic basketball that was somewhat typical of the past
    few seasons, the Kings played inspired basketball in the second half when they
    outscored the Timberwolves 52-38 to win their second game of the season.Its
    definitely a different attitude this year and a different locker room, reserve
    guard Ben McLemore said. We have older veterans on this team who have been to
    the playoffs. They have been in a position like we were in tonight. We hung in
    there and played well when it mattered most.One of those veterans is Matt
    Barnes, who played last season in Memphis under Dave Joerger, now the Kings
    coach. Barnes had 12 points and nine assists and played tough defense throughout
    the game.Following a listless first half, the Kings gained control in the third,
    running off 17 straight points to take the lead. The suddenly cold Timberwolves
    shot 3 for 12 in the third when they were outscored 31-12 and trailed 85-77
    heading into the fourth.Just defense and energy, said Barnes, explaining the
    third-quarter turnaround. Youve got to be locked in for 48 minutes, you cant
    pick and choose when you want to play defense. We got hit in the face (in the
    first half) and just played bad basketball.McLemore had 13 points for the Kings,
    who won for the first time at new Golden 1 Center. And the Kings hung on to the
    victory despite losing Cousins, who picked up two fouls in the games final
    minute and fouled out.Andrew Wiggins scored 29 points for the Timberwolves, who
    are off to an 0-2 start under new coach Tom Thibodeau. Zach Levine had three
    3-pointers and 21 points while Karl Anthony-TTowns had 15 points and Gorgui
    Dieng had 14 points and 13 rebounds.ddddddddddddThe third quarter was a problem.
    A big problem, Thibodeau said. So we got to look at the film to see what the
    issues were. Weve got to be tougher.A putback by Towns got Minnesota within
    105-103. After regaining possession following a jump ball with 7.5 seconds left,
    Wiggins misfired on a jumper and Barnes corralled the rebound and made one of
    two free throws to end the game.Gay put the Kings ahead by two with a jumper and
    Ty Lawson connected on a corner 3 for a 105-100 lead with 1:10 remaining.BIG
    QUARTERNow in his fourth season, McLemore has suffered through some tough times,
    seeing his playing time continually decrease due in part to erratic
    shooting.After being stripped twice late in Thursdays game by Kawhi Leonard in a
    loss to San Antonio, McLemore delivered in the fourth quarter against Minnesota.
    He made two big 3-pointers and scored nine points in the fourth.He was very
    impressive, Joerger said. He had a tough game the other night and it didnt break
    him. Thats what pro basketball is -- theres always going to be another
    night.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Last season the Timberwolves beat the Kings in all
    four games and they were 4-3 in the previous seven games in Sacramento. .
    Wiggins had 13 points and the Timberwolves shot 67 percent in leading 34-24
    after one quarter.Kings: Cousins picked up his first technical late in the
    second quarter following his objection to an obvious personal foul. ... A
    Minnesota assistant last season, Bryan Gates is a Kings assistant coach. ... San
    Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Erik Armstead was among the sellout crowd.UP
    NEXTTimberwolves: Host Memphis on Tuesday in their home opener.Kings: At Atlanta
    on Monday for the first of five straight road games.
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