(AP Photo/Chase Stevens)
LAS VEGAS (AP) Martin Truex Jr. raced his way into the second round of NASCAR's playoffs with a victory Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the opening round of the postseason.
The win is Truex's series-best fifth of the season and again cemented Joe Gibbs Racing as the team to beat in this 10-race playoff series. JGR has 14 wins in its Toyotas this season through 27 races.
Truex chased down Kevin Harvick, who was slowed by traffic, to cut into Harvick's lead and eventually make the pass for the win - and the automatic second-round spot - on the outside with 20 laps remaining.