Fort Worth, TX – Unfortunately, Martin Truex Jr. is getting used to having bittersweet finishes in key moments during the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Truex, was a few laps away from winning the regular season finale at Richmond back in September. Instead, Derrike Cope crashed on his own in the closing laps while Truex was well on his way to winning the race.
Instead, Truex would get crashed on the final restart and finish 20th. Despite locking up the top seed for the playoffs in a nothing to lose situation, Truex was visibly upset with how the race ended.
On Sunday, Truex was upset with another driver at the end of the AAA Texas 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway. See, Truex was again well on his way to winning the penultimate race of the Round of 8, which would have went on to clinch him a spot in the Championship 4 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Instead, Trevor Bayne slowed Truex up just enough for the second place driver at the time Kevin Harvick to get by. That happened with nine laps-to-go in Sunday’s race. Truex, didn’t have enough time to get back to Harvick as he had to settle for a runner-up as a result.
The Furniture Row Racing driver was once again upset by the situation. Despite finishing second, Truex still has enough points to get to Homestead anyways. With his third straight top two finish and six top five results over his last seven starts, Truex sits 76 points to the good and automatically advances to the championship too.
Still, Truex was mad. That’s how competitive he and his No. 78 Toyota team are. Two situations where wins weren’t necessarily needed, and they’re mad anyways.
Truex, now heads to Phoenix with nothing to lose, he’s going to be a championship finalist in two weeks.