2017-11-19 Martin Truex Jr. won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series trophy by winning the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Driving his Furniture Row Racing Toyota Turex Jr. led 78 of the 267 laps in beating fellow championship contender’s Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski
This is Truex’s 8th win this year, coming after Las Vegas, Kansas City, Kentucky, Watkins Glen, Chicago, Charlotte, and again at Kansas City.
Truex took the final lead when Busch made what he hoped would be his last pit stop at lap 216. After the pit stop, Busch held the advantage, having newer tires and enough fuel to reach the end without a late stop. But a late caution at lap 229 gave everyone to opportunity to pit and took away Kyle’s advantage.
“We just never gave up all day long,” he said, almost tearfully. “We didn’t have the best car and I don’t know how we won that thing. Never give up. Dig deep. I told my guys we were going to dig dipper than we ever have, and with 20 to go I thought I was done – they were all better than me on the long runs. I just found a way. I found a lane that I could use and I found a lane that was blocking enough of their air that they couldn’t use it and just made it happen. I can’t believe it. I’ve wanted this since I was a little kid, just never give up. Just never give up on your dreams no matter what happens and what kind of crap you go through.”
“I couldn’t even talk,” he said. “I was a wreck thinking about all the tough days, the bad days, the times where I thought my career was over with, the times when I didn’t think anyone believed in me. But the guys who mattered did — my fans, my family and then when I got with this team.