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Truex wanted to give Denver its 2nd big victory

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Posted at 11:23 AM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 13:23:57-05

Martin Truex Jr. narrowly missed a Daytona 500 victory Sunday. The Furniture Row Racing competitor took second place in what was the closest race in NASCAR history. 

Truex needlessly apologized to Denver in a blog for The Denver Post and said he's proud of his team's effort.

Sorry, Denver. But we gave it our best shot to have NASCAR's most prestigious trophy join the Broncos' Super Bowl trophy in the Mile High City.

If you saw the Daytona 500 on Sunday, you know how close we came — inches from winning the "Great American Race."

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Truex wrote he rather lose by a few feet than a few inches and he'll relieve the Daytona 500 for the rest of his life. Still, he thanks the crew and all of his supporters.

Like I said, I am proud of our effort, excited to start the season this way. It's been a tough Speedweeks down here. Our guys worked really, really hard. I think our backup car was the best car we had.

Read the full letter here