MOTORSPORTS ROUNDUP; Truex Wins Second Busch Title

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Martin Truex Jr. had another championship and a headache Saturday night after the season-ending Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"My head hurts, and I'm just glad it's over," Truex said after surviving a series of setbacks to finish seventh in the race and grab his second consecutive NASCAR Busch Series title on a night when Ryan Newman raced to another victory.

Nextel Cup stars Newman and Greg Biffle battled at the front of the pack through most of the season-ending, 200-lap race before Newman took the lead for good with a daring pass three laps from the end.

Truex came into the race with a 64-point lead over Clint Bowyer and wound up winning by 68 as Bowyer finished just behind him in eighth.

"There were times this year when we just weren't running very good," Truex said. "But we all stuck together as a team. But this thing was three times harder to win than last year's, and I'm three times prouder of this team."

Truex, who will move up to Cup full-time next season, had to survive quite a bit of drama to become the first driver to win consecutive Busch Series titles since Chance 2 Motorsports team co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. did it in 1998 and 1999.

For Newman, a part-time performer in Busch, it was his sixth victory in nine races this season -- all of them coming in his last seven.

"I've got to thank Biff for racing me clean," Newman said. …

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