Martin Truex Jr. hoisted his first Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection trophy on Sunday night by profitable the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Toyota driver for Furnishings Row Racing led 78 of the 267 laps in beating fellow championship contender Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, championship hopeful Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, championship hopeful Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, pole-starter Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman. It was Truex’s eighth victory this yr, coming after Las Vegas, Kansas Metropolis, Kentucky, Watkins Glen, Chicago, Charlotte, and once more at Kansas Metropolis.
Sunday marked the fourth consecutive yr the Ford EcoBoost 400 winner has additionally been the Cup Collection championship underneath NASCAR’s “winner take all” format. Kevin Harvick did it in 2014, Kyle Busch in 2015 and Jimmie Johnson final yr.
Busch will probably be listed second in ultimate factors, adopted by Harvick and Brad Keselowski in third and fourth. The remainder of the top-10: Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney and Johnson. Newly topped Rookie of the 12 months Erik Jones completed 21st within the race and 19th in ultimate factors.
The 267-lap, 400-mile race was slowed 5 occasions for 26 laps. 4 drivers swapped the lead 13 occasions, with Larson main probably the most, 4 occasions for 145 laps.
Truex led 4 occasions for 78 (together with the ultimate 51), Busch led 4 occasions for 43 and Keselowski led for one lap. Due to that dominance and so few cautions, solely 12 of the 39 starters completed on the lead lap. Thirty-two drivers have been working on the end, 17 of them at the very least two laps down. Truex took the ultimate lead when Busch made what he hoped could be his final pit cease at lap 216. After that cease, Busch held the benefit, having brisker tires and sufficient gasoline to succeed in the tip with out a late cease. However a late warning at lap 229 – satirically, for a Kurt Busch incident – gave everybody to alternative to pit and took away Kyle Busch’s benefit. As soon as Truex took the lead within the pits, he was in his manner.
Afterward, the New Jersey native was nearly speechless: “We simply by no means gave up all day lengthy,” he stated, nearly tearfully. “We didn’t have the very best automotive and I don’t understand how we received that factor. By no means surrender. Dig deep. I informed my guys we have been going to dig dipper than we ever have, and with 20 to go I believed I used to be carried out – they have been all higher than me on the lengthy runs. I simply discovered a manner. I discovered a lane that I may use and I discovered a lane that was blocking sufficient of their air that they couldn’t use it and simply made it occur. I can’t imagine it. I’ve wished this since I used to be a bit child; simply by no means surrender. Simply by no means surrender in your goals it doesn’t matter what occurs and what sort of crap you undergo.”
The season-finale on the picture-perfect south Florida afternoon marked the ultimate Cup race of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s and Matt Kenseth’s 20-year Cup careers, 18 of them full schedule. Earnhardt misplaced a lap within the first stage, one other within the second and completed 25th; Kenseth ran top-10 a lot of the day and completed eighth.
Early within the weekend, when requested what he hoped to perform in his ultimate race, Earnhardt minimize to the chase: “I simply wish to run all of the laps (and) I wish to end the race in a single piece,” he stated. “I’d like to complete the race in a single piece, no matter that’s. Clearly, you wish to do in addition to you’ll be able to. However regardless of the place we end, (I’d identical to) to have the ability to pull down pit street, cease the automotive, and get out. After which, see my guys and do all that.”
Sunday additionally was the final race of Danica Patrick’s full-schedule inventory automotive profession, leaving solely subsequent yr’s Daytona 500 and Indy 500 (each begins possible for proprietor Chip Ganassi) to finish her profession. She was a number of laps down within the second stage when she minimize a tire, slammed the Flip 1 wall and was rammed by Kasey Kahne. Regardless of the 37th-place end, she retained her humorousness.
“What I’m not trying ahead to having to go sit in my bus and wait for everybody to get carried out earlier than I can go house,” she stated with amusing. “That sucks, however I believe what’s coming forward is vibrant for me and for the best way it feels. I’m excited.”
And there was appreciable hypothesis Sunday that the Ford 400 was the final time Richard Petty Motorsports would subject a Ford. It’s anticipated that RPM and Richard Childress Racing will subject Chevrolets in a technical alliance subsequent yr. RCR will proceed to subject Chevy Camaros for Ryan Newman and Austin Dillon, and RPM will subject Camaros for incoming Rookie of the 12 months candidate Bubba Wallace.
The race win was the 15th of his profession.
Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection Race Outcomes Ford EcoBoost 400
Sunday, November 19, 2017
1. (2) Martin Truex Jr. (P), Toyota, 267.
2. (three) Kyle Busch (P), Toyota, 267.
three. (7) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 267.
four. (9) Kevin Harvick (P), Ford, 267.
5. (18) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 267.
6. (19) Joey Logano, Ford, 267.
7. (5) Brad Keselowski (P), Ford, 267.
eight. (four) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 267.
9. (1) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 267.
10. (21) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 267.
11. (17) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 267.
12. (16) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 267.
13. (13) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 266.
14. (26) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 266.
15. (6) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 266.
16. (15) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 265.
17. (30) David Ragan, Ford, 265.
18. (20) Aric Almirola, Ford, 265.
19. (12) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 265.
20. (29) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 265.
21. (14) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 265.
22. (eight) Kurt Busch, Ford, 265.
23. (28) Landon Cassill, Ford, 265.
24. (23) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 265.
25. (24) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 264.
26. (32) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 264.
27. (22) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 264.
28. (33) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 264.
29. (11) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 264.
30. (31) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 263.
31. (34) Corey LaJoie(i), Toyota, 261.
32. (36) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 259.
33. (27) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, Accident, 234.
34. (10) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, Brakes, 225.
35. (37) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, Engine, 212.
36. (38) * David Starr(i), Chevrolet, Brakes, 175.
37. (25) Danica Patrick, Ford, Accident, 139.
38. (39) * Ray Black II(i), Chevrolet, Too Sluggish, 49.
39. (35) * Joey Gase(i), Toyota, Accident, four.
Common Velocity of Race Winner: 131.9 mph.
Time of Race: three Hrs, 02 Minutes, 11 Secs. Margin of Victory: zero.681 Seconds.
Warning Flags: 5 for 26 laps.
Lead Modifications: 13 amongst four drivers.
Lap Leaders: zero; M. Truex Jr. (P) 1-12; Ok. Larson 13-82; B. Keselowski (P) 83; Ok. Larson 84-121; Ok. Busch (P) 122-123; Ok. Larson 124-145; Ok. Busch (P) 146; Ok. Larson 147-161; M. Truex Jr. (P) 162-175; Ok. Busch (P) 176; M. Truex Jr. (P) 177; Ok. Busch (P) 178-216; M. Truex Jr. (P) 217-267.
Leaders Abstract (Driver, Occasions Lead, Laps Led): Ok. Larson four occasions for 145 laps; M. Truex Jr. (P) four occasions for 78 laps; Ok. Busch (P) four occasions for 43 laps; B. Keselowski (P) 1 time for 1 lap.
Stage #1 Prime Ten: 42,2,18,four,78,24,41,11,22,14
Stage #2 Prime Ten: 42,78,four,18,2,41,20,22,24,11
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