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Martin Truex Jr.'s crew member died late Saturday, then he was honored with a win

Brendan Marks, The Charlotte Observer on

Published in Auto Racing

So he did, as he has all season long, and charged to the front of the pack. He even avoided the massive pileup on Lap 199 that took out so many drivers, including Matt Kenseth. Then he proceeded to pull away, leading 91 laps en route to his seventh win this season, the most of any driver. It's also the most races a driver has won in a single season since 2013.

After the race, Truex made his way to Victory Lane, just like he had six times before this season, only this time the stage was a little more crowded than normal. That's because the entire Furniture Row Racing crew, both Truex's group and Jones', had come to celebrate together.

To celebrate Watson together.

There's no replacing a lost life, but neither is there replacing a legacy. Watson's, at least for the moment, is this: that he was a vital crew member on the best race team this season; that he is survived by a wife and a daughter; that in his final moments, he was happy, enjoying life and all it had to offer.

Oh, and one more thing.

"Today the best we could do was win for him in his honor," Truex said. "And we did it."

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