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NASCAR results at Homestead: Martin Truex Jr. wins championship, Ford EcoBoost 400

The 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series season is in the books and Martin Truex Jr. is left celebrating.

20 Nov 2017, 05:18 IST
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Martin Truex Jr

The 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series season is in the books. 

Martin Truex Jr. captured the championship with a victory in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He was the highest-finishing Championship 4 drivers of the "winner-take-all" title race. 

Kyle Larson dominated the race early, leading 145 of the first 161 laps, but as the sun set changes to the track added grip to the track and improved speeds for Kyle Busch and Truex.

With just under 70 laps remaining, Truex, Harvick and Keselowski decided to pit for tires and thus extra speed, while Busch gambled to stay out in front on older tires. The one-pit strategy for Busch left Truex in the lead with 52 laps to go but a caution flag 13 laps later spoiled Busch's strategy. 

Truex won the race off pit road and led the field to green with 34 to go. With 17 laps remaining, Busch trailed Truex by a second, but with 10 to go, Busch was within 0.60 seconds of the lead. As Truex's lead dwindled, he tried to change his line to keep Busch at bay. It appeared Larson bumped Busch with two laps remaining, increasing Truex's lead to 0.68 seconds at the finish. 

Truex win marks the fourth straight year the winner at Homestead did it to win the Cup Series championship.

Busch finished second, followed by Larson, Harvick, Chase Elliott and Joey Logano. Keselowski was seventh. 

Capping an emotional season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 25th in his final race before retirement. Junior was forced to start from the rear after a mechanical change before the race 

Matt Kenseth and Danica Patrick, who joined Earnhardt as drivers finished racing full-time finished eighth and 37th, respectively. Patrick announced she would race in the 2018 Daytona 500 and next year's Indianapolis 500 while Earnhardt said he would race in a few Xfinity Series events for the team he owns, JR Motorsports. 

Results from NASCAR Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race

  1. Martin Truex Jr. 
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Kyle Larson
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Chase Elliott
  6. Joey Logano
  7. Brad Keselowski
  8. Matt Kenseth
  9. Denny Hamlin
  10. Ryan Newman
  11. Austin Dillon
  12. Clint Bowyer
  13. Jamie McMurray
  14. AJ Allmendinger
  15. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 
  16. Paul Menard
  17. David Ragan
  18. Aric Almirola
  19. Trevor Bayne
  20. Chris Buscher
  21. Erik Jones
  22. Kurt Busch
  23. Landon Cassill
  24. Michael McDowell
  25. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 
  26. Ty Dillon
  27. Jimme Johnson
  28. Cole Whitt
  29. Ryan Blaney
  30. Matt DiBenedetto
  31. Corey LaJoie
  32. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  33. Kasey Kahne
  34. Daniel Suarez
  35. Reed Sorenson
  36. David Starr
  37. Danica Patrick
  38. Ray Black Jr. 
  39. Joey Gase
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