Joe Garone thought he'd seen Martin Truex Jr. lose in every conceivable way at Kansas Speedway, whether it was pit strategy or bad restarts or a bizarre problem during a late tire change that did in his chances of winning last season.
Then, he watched Erik Jones — the other car in their two-car Furniture Row Racing stable — go for a spin late in Saturday night's race, forcing a restart after Truex had established a big lead.
"I was like, 'Here's a new way to lose it,'" said Garone, the team's president. "The 77 is going to do it for us."
Only this time, things worked out in the end.
Truex roared away from Ryan Blaney and Kevin Harvick on a...