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Martin Truex Jr. stretched his arms to his side and waited for a shower of green slime, the colored goop traditionally poured over the heads of game-show contestants and A-list celebrities.

Truex proved his team didn't need to test to know what it needed on a worn, 1.5-mile, semi-banked tri-oval. That's like gaining an entire race's worth of points. "You get to that first race, there's always somebody who has a motor issue, has something go wrong that hasn't happened earlier in the year".

Martin Truex Jr. won for the fifth time this season to cement the conviction that he will ultimately clinch one of those four spots when NASCAR arrives in South Beach later this year.

"I think we all realize it's just a unique time in history, in all our lives, that this has come together", team owner Barney Visser said. It was a tough race a his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota took the checkered flag 7.179 seconds ahead of runner-up Chase Elliott.

This Furniture Row Racing team just oozes confidence and has the speed, not even bothering to join many of its competitors for a test at Chicagoland Speedway this summer to prepare for the race.

Truex endured a roller-coaster afternoon.

Elliott was second, followed by playoff drivers Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson.

The victory was also good for an additional five playoff bonus points, bringing his total to 58.

And winning the regular season title was rightly earned. He lapped all but 12 of the 40-car field. So, we have to be really smart about what we do, make sure that we make the right calls throughout the weekend and during the race. As the closing laps ticked off a week later, Truex said he refused to think another potential win would roll off the rails.

"The first round the Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota was really loose and I tried to take it a little easy on the tires", said Truex. "I feel like we're going to make it through a round or two if we just keep doing the same thing we've been doing". Truex was quick to credit his girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, who has been battling ovarian cancer. "I felt like the 24 (Elliott) and the 78 (Truex) were a little better than us and we finished right where we should have". "We swung a lot more than we normally would".

Truex will line up his No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota on the inside of Row 2 after a pole-round lap of 29.049 seconds at 185.893 miles per hour on the 1.5-mile tri-oval.

Truex rallied after a critical error early in the race when he was penalized for speeding on pit road. Keselowski didn't have the speed to match Truex's Camry.

"We had such a fast Skittles Sweet Heat Camry", said Busch, who led a race-high 85 laps before his race fell apart on pit road. But his day took a turn south when a pair of miscues by his Joe Gibbs Racing necessitated two unscheduled trips down pit road, dropping Busch two laps behind. Truex had a 3.2-second lead when the yellow flew.

Busch, the 2015 Cup champion, had won his 12th stage win of the season.

"Just piss-poor execution all around". We got pretty free in then it just snapped around.

Among other playofff drivers, Ryan Blaney finished 11th, Kyle Busch 15th, Austin Dillon 16th, Kurt Busch 19th, Kasey Kahne 21st, Ryan Newman 23rd and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

BLOWN OUT: Chicagoland was site of the playoff opener for the final time. "I thought we made the most of our day - without some luck I wasn't going to get around him unless we had a late-race restart or something". Stage points eluded the driver of the Lowe's Chevrolet, but he did finish with a top ten.

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