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Truex Jr wins NASCAR Cup title with Miami victory

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Monday 20th November, 2017 - 11:44am

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Martin Truex Jr. wins the race and series

Martin Truex Jr. has won the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series after taking out the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Truex Jr. (#78 Toyota) beat Kyle Busch to the line by 0.681s, while the other Championship 4 contenders in Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski finished fourth and seventh respectively.

Furniture Row Racing gave Truex Jr. the lead for the start of the final stage of the race, ahead of Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson, and he quickly pulled a gap out front as Harvick moved from fourth to third.

Truex Jr. led by half a second with 100 of 267 laps remaining, but Kyle Busch made his move on the low side 10 laps later and eventually took the position.

Kyle Busch stretched his advantage to 2.5s over the next 10 laps or so before Larson, who was by now back ahead of Harvick, rounded Truex Jr. to take over second position on Lap 195.

Truex Jr. and Harvick pitted on Lap 199, the former resuming in seventh and the latter losing a lap as his crew repaired bodywork.

The lead changed when Kyle Busch pitted on Lap 216, putting Truex Jr. back at the head of the field from Harvick, who had got his lap back, with Larson fifth after pitting on Lap 213, and Kyle Busch now seventh.

The fifth and final Caution came on Lap 226 when Kurt Busch spun, at which time Truex Jr. had led Harvick by nearly four seconds, ahead of third-placed Larson and fourth-placed Kyle Busch.

Truex Jr. continued to lead an unchanged top four, with Keselowski sixth, when the race restarted on Lap 234.

Joey Logano climbed from fifth to second on that lap, but didn’t stay there for long as Harvick closed back in on Truex Jr.

Kyle Busch took up the chase when he passed Harvick on Lap 249 and remained within striking distance as Truex Jr. tried to navigate lapped cars.

The threat remained until the end but Truex Jr. held his nerve to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, having also twice won the Xfinity Series.

Kyle Busch took second, from Stage 1 and Stage 2 winner and long-time leader Larson, Harvick, and Chase Elliott.

The top 10 was rounded out by Logano, Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Newman.

Of the high-profile names bowing out of the Cup series as full-timers, Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 25th, while Danica Patrick said that she lost a tyre after an earlier rub of the wall that caused a second, race-ending hit.

VIDEO: Final laps

VIDEO: Truex Jr. in Victory Lane

Results: Ford EcoBoost 400, Homestead-Miami Speedway

Pos Num Driver Make Laps Laps led Status Pts
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 267 78 Running 40
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 267 43 Running 35
3 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 267 145 Running 54
4 4 Kevin Harvick Ford 267 0 Running 33
5 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 267 0 Running 39
6 22 Joey Logano Ford 267 0 Running 36
7 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 267 1 Running 30
8 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 267 0 Running 33
9 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 267 0 Running 32
10 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 267 0 Running 27
11 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 267 0 Running 26
12 14 Clint Bowyer Ford 267 0 Running 26
13 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 266 0 Running 24
14 47 A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 266 0 Running 23
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 266 0 Running 22
16 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 265 0 Running 21
17 38 David Ragan Ford 265 0 Running 20
18 43 Aric Almirola Ford 265 0 Running 19
19 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 265 0 Running 18
20 37 Chris Buescher Chevrolet 265 0 Running 17
21 77 Erik Jones Toyota 265 0 Running 16
22 41 Kurt Busch Ford 265 0 Running 24
23 34 Landon Cassill Ford 265 0 Running 14
24 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 265 0 Running 13
25 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 264 0 Running 12
26 13 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 264 0 Running 11
27 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 264 0 Running 10
28 72 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 264 0 Running 9
29 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 264 0 Running 8
30 32 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 263 0 Running 7
31 23 Corey LaJoie Toyota 261 0 Running 0
32 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 259 0 Running 5
33 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 234 0 Crash 4
34 19 Daniel Suarez Toyota 225 0 Brakes 3
35 15 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 212 0 Engine 2
36 66 David Starr Chevrolet 175 0 Brakes 0
37 10 Danica Patrick Ford 139 0 Crash 1
38 51 Ray Black Jr. Chevrolet 49 0 Too slow 0
39 83 Joey Gase Toyota 4 0 Crash 0

Standings

Pos Driver Pts Gap Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s Poles
1 Martin Truex Jr. 5040 36 8 19 26 3
2 Kyle Busch 5035 -5 36 5 14 22 8
3 Kevin Harvick 5033 -7 36 2 14 23 4
4 Brad Keselowski 5030 -10 36 3 15 21 2
5 Chase Elliott 2377 -2663 36 0 12 21 1
6 Denny Hamlin 2353 -2687 36 2 15 22 2
7 Matt Kenseth 2344 -2696 36 1 10 18 2
8 Kyle Larson 2320 -2720 36 4 15 20 3
9 Ryan Blaney 2305 -2735 36 1 4 14 2
10 Jimmie Johnson 2260 -2780 36 3 4 11 0
11 Austin Dillon 2224 -2816 36 1 3 4 0
12 Jamie McMurray 2224 -2816 36 0 3 17 0
13 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 2222 -2818 36 2 4 9 1
14 Kurt Busch 2217 -2823 36 1 6 15 1
15 Kasey Kahne 2198 -2842 36 1 3 6 0
16 Ryan Newman 2196 -2844 36 1 7 13 0
17 Joey Logano 930 -4110 36 1 10 17 2
18 Clint Bowyer 871 -4169 36 0 6 13 0
19 Erik Jones 863 -4177 36 0 5 14 1
20 Daniel Suarez 777 -4263 36 0 1 12 0
21 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 668 -4372 36 0 1 8 2
22 Trevor Bayne 660 -4380 36 0 2 6 0
23 Paul Menard 631 -4409 36 0 2 3 0
24 Ty Dillon 593 -4447 36 0 0 0 0
25 Chris Buescher 564 -4476 36 0 0 4 0
26 Michael McDowell 542 -4498 36 0 1 1 0
27 A.J. Allmendinger 531 -4509 36 0 1 5 0
28 Danica Patrick 511 -4529 36 0 0 1 0
29 Aric Almirola 502 -4538 29 0 3 6 0
30 David Ragan 447 -4593 36 0 0 3 0
31 Landon Cassill 382 -4658 36 0 0 0 0
32 Matt DiBenedetto 363 -4677 36 0 0 2 0
33 Cole Whitt 322 -4718 36 0 0 0 0
34 Gray Gaulding 164 -4876 27 0 0 1 0
35 Reed Sorenson 150 -4890 28 0 0 0 0
36 Jeffrey Earnhardt 145 -4895 34 0 0 0 0
37 Derrike Cope 42 -4998 15 0 0 0 0
38 Michael Waltrip 29 -5011 1 0 0 1 0
39 D.J. Kennington 17 -5023 4 0 0 0 0
40 Billy Johnson 15 -5025 1 0 0 0 0
41 Boris Said 15 -5025 2 0 0 0 0
42 Gary Klutt 6 -5034 1 0 0 0 0
43 Cody Ware 6 -5034 5 0 0 0 0
44 Alon Day 5 -5035 1 0 0 0 0
45 Kyle Weatherman 5 -5035 2 0 0 0 0
46 Kevin O’Connell 4 -5036 1 0 0 0 0
47 Tommy Regan 3 -5037 1 0 0 0 0
48 Hermie Sadler 3 -5037 1 0 0 0 0
49 Corey LaJoie 0 -5040 32 0 0 0 0
50 Timmy Hill 0 -5040 15 0 0 0 0
51 Joey Gase 0 -5040 9 0 0 0 0
52 B.J. McLeod 0 -5040 8 0 0 0 0
53 Brett Moffitt 0 -5040 7 0 0 0 0
54 Ryan Sieg 0 -5040 5 0 0 0 0
55 Brendan Gaughan 0 -5040 4 0 0 1 0
56 Darrell Wallace Jr. 0 -5040 4 0 0 0 0
57 J.J. Yeley 0 -5040 4 0 0 0 0
58 Elliott Sadler 0 -5040 3 0 0 0 0
59 Carl Long 0 -5040 3 0 0 0 0
60 David Starr 0 -5040 3 0 0 0 0
61 Ray Black Jr. 0 -5040 3 0 0 0 0
62 Regan Smith 0 -5040 2 0 0 0 0
63 Ross Chastain 0 -5040 2 0 0 0 0
64 Josh Bilicki 0 -5040 2 0 0 0 0
65 Stephen Leicht 0 -5040 1 0 0 0 0
66 Mark Thompson 0 -5040 1 0 0 0 0
67 Justin Marks 0 -5040 1 0 0 0 0

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