Martin Truex Jr. and crew chief Cole Pearn prove they can win on strategy, too

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Martin Truex Jr. doesn’t have much to prove this year as far as his ability to drive the cars or the ability of the Furniture Row Racing team to build rockets.

But he did prove Sunday that he has a diverse set of skills, and in that sense, his fourth victory of the season and the 11th of his career will rank as a significant triumph. He won a race on fuel mileage, and earned his first NASCAR Cup win on the fast 2.45-mile Watkins Glen International course.

Truex, who let Brad Keselowski take the lead with 13 laps remaining because he knew Keselowski would have to pit, and also let Ryan Blaney by him, had to have faith in crew chief Cole Pearn’s call to stay out and save fuel.

“The toughest part really was just watching the 2 [of Keselowski] pass and go on and then watching the 21 [of Blaney] pass and go on,” Truex said. “It’s like, ‘All right,

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