No. 924
November 22, 2017

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NOVEMBER 22, 2017

Toyota Camry driver Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota) won the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver’s championship with a victory in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday evening. Truex led 78 laps to take the checkered flag ahead of championship contender Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing M&Ms Caramel Toyota) on the 1.5-mile track to win his first title in NASCAR's premier division. It was Truex's eighth win of the season; he also had nineteen top-five and 26 top-ten finishes in 36 races. Busch gave it everything he had in the final laps, but came up short. Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Credit One/DC Solar Chevrolet) finished third in the race, and title contenders Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Jimmy John's Ford) and Brad Keselowski (No. 2 team Penske Miller Lite Ford) finished fourth and seventh, respectively. Toyota also won its second manufacturer's Cup title as four Toyota drivers combined for sixteen wins. “I can’t believe we got the lead; I can’t believe we kept it,” Truex said after the race. “We weren’t the best car all day long. We fought it. Cole (Pearn, crew chief) had some great pit strategy and the caution came at the right time to get us the lead and they put it in my hands and I had to hang onto it." “It’s just overwhelming,” Truex added. “To think about all the rough days and bad days, the days that we couldn’t run 20th, to be here, I never thought this day would come and to be here is unbelievable.” It marks a career year for Truex and an incredible year for the underdog racing team based out in Denver, far away from the NASCAR-centric Charlotte area. Congratulations to all.
(Getty Images/NASCAR)
Cole Pearn And Martin Truex Jr. hoist the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup trophy.
Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi (No. 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid) won the 6 Hours of Bahrain, the last race of the World Endurance Championship season. Timo Bernhard/Brendon Hartley/Earl Bamber (No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid) was second and Andre Lotterer/Neel Jani/Nick Tandy (No. 1 
Porsche 919 Hybrid) finished third in Porsche's final race in the WEC. It was Toyota's fifth win of the season.
Bruno Senna, Julien Canal and Nicolas Prost (No. 31 Valliante Rebellion ORECA-Gibson) delivered the LMP2 win and the championship.
Sam Bird and Davide Rigon won LMGTE PRO in the No. 71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE. Bird and Rigon were handed the win in the LMGTE Pro class by their teammates James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi (No.51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE) who clinched the GT FIA World Endurance Championship title. The Champions established a strong lead through the race, which, although pushed hard by the No. 67 Ford GT driven by Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx, was never bettered. The pass by the No.71 for the lead was in the last moments of the race.
Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda (No. 98 Aston Martin Vantage) won the LMGTE AM class.