Martin Truex Jr. hoisted his aboriginal Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series bays on Sunday black by acceptable the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Toyota disciplinarian for Furniture Row Racing led 78 of the 267 laps in assault adolescent championship adversary 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 achievement this year, advancing afterwards Las Vegas, Kansas City, Kentucky, Watkins Glen, Chicago, Charlotte, and afresh at Kansas City.
Sunday apparent the fourth after year the Ford EcoBoost 400 champ has additionally been the Cup Series championship beneath NASCAR’s “winner booty all” format. Kevin Harvick did it in 2014, Kyle Busch in 2015 and Jimmie Johnson aftermost year.
Busch will be listed additional in final points, followed by Harvick and Brad Keselowski in third and fourth. The blow of the top 10: Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney and Johnson. Newly crowned Rookie of the Year Erik Jones accomplished 21st in the chase and 19th in final points.
The 267-lap, 400-mile chase was slowed bristles times for 26 laps. Four drivers swapped the advance 13 times, with Larson arch the most, four times, for 145 laps.
Truex led four times for 78 (including the final 51), Busch led four times for 43 and Keselowski led for one lap. Because of that ascendancy and so few cautions, alone 12 of the 39 starters accomplished on the advance lap. Thirty-two drivers were active at the finish, 17 of them at atomic two laps down. Truex took the final advance back Busch fabricated what he hoped would be his aftermost pit stop at lap 216. Afterwards that stop, Busch captivated the advantage, accepting fresher tires and abundant ammunition to ability the end after a backward stop. But a backward attention at lap 229 — ironically, for a Kurt Busch adventure — gave anybody to befalling to pit and took abroad Kyle Busch’s advantage.
Once Truex took the advance in the pits, he was in his way.
“We aloof never gave up all day long,” the New Jersey built-in said, about tearfully. “We didn’t accept the best car and I don’t apperceive how we won that thing. Never accord up. Dig deep. I told my guys we were activity to dig added than we anytime have, and with 20 to go I anticipation I was done — they were all bigger than me on the continued runs. I aloof begin a way. I begin a lane that I could use and I begin a lane that was blocking abundant of their air that they couldn’t use it and aloof fabricated it happen. I can’t accept it. I’ve capital this back I was a little kid; aloof never accord up. Aloof never accord up on your dreams no amount what happens and what affectionate of applesauce you go through.”
The division afterpiece on the picture-perfect south Florida afternoon apparent the final Cup chase of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s and Matt Kenseth’s 20-year Cup careers, 18 of them abounding schedule. Earnhardt absent a lap in the aboriginal stage, addition in the additional and accomplished 25th; Kenseth ran top-10 best of the day and accomplished eighth.
Early in the weekend, back asked what he hoped to achieve in his final race, Earnhardt cut to the chase: “I aloof appetite to run all the laps (and) I appetite to accomplishment the chase in one piece,” he said. “I’d like to accomplishment the chase in one piece, whatever that is. Obviously, you appetite to do as able-bodied as you can. But no amount area we finish, (I’d aloof like) to be able to cull bottomward pit road, stop the car, and get out. And then, see my guys and do all that.”
Sunday additionally was the aftermost chase of Danica Patrick’s full-schedule banal car career, abrogation alone abutting year’s Daytona 500 and Indy 500 (both starts acceptable for buyer Chip Ganassi) to end her career. She was several laps bottomward in the additional date back she cut a tire, airtight the about-face one bank and was rammed by Kasey Kahne. Despite the 37th-place finish, she retained her faculty of humor.
“What I’m not attractive advanced to accepting to go sit in my bus and delay for anybody to get done afore I can go home,” she said with a laugh. “That sucks, but I anticipate what’s advancing advanced is ablaze for me and for the way it feels. I’m excited.”
And there was ample belief Sunday that the Ford 400 was the aftermost time Richard Petty Motorsports would acreage a Ford. It’s accepted that RPM and Richard Childress Racing will acreage Chevrolets in a abstruse accord abutting year. RCR will abide to acreage Chevy Camaros for Ryan Newman and Austin Dillon, and RPM will acreage Camaros for admission Rookie of the Year applicant Bubba Wallace.
The chase win was the 15th of Truex’s career. Photo by LAT Photographic
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Chase Results Ford EcoBoost 400
Sunday, November 19, 2017
1. (2) Martin Truex Jr. (P), Toyota, 267.
2. (3) Kyle Busch (P), Toyota, 267.
3. (7) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 267.
4. (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.
8. (4) 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. (8) 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 Slow, 49.
39. (35) * Joey Gase(i), Toyota, Accident, 4.
Average Speed of Chase Winner: 131.9 mph.
Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 02 Mins, 11 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.681 Seconds.
Caution Flags: 5 for 26 laps.
Lead Changes: 13 amid 4 drivers.
Lap Leaders: 0; M. Truex Jr. (P) 1-12; K. Larson 13-82; B. Keselowski (P) 83; K. Larson 84-121; K. Busch (P) 122-123; K. Larson 124-145; K. Busch (P) 146; K. Larson 147-161; M. Truex Jr. (P) 162-175; K. Busch (P) 176; M. Truex Jr. (P) 177; K. Busch (P) 178-216; M. Truex Jr. (P) 217-267.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): K. Larson 4 times for 145 laps; M. Truex Jr. (P) 4 times for 78 laps; K. Busch (P) 4 times for 43 laps; B. Keselowski (P) 1 time for 1 lap.
Stage #1 Top Ten: 42,2,18,4,78,24,41,11,22,14
Stage #2 Top Ten: 42,78,4,18,2,41,20,22,24,11
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Chase Results Ford EcoBoost 400
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