It sure looked like Martin Truex, Jr. was on his way to his eighth victory of the season when he had the lead with 10 laps left at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. All he had to do was avoid any mistake. But that's exactly what happened and Kevin Harvick following closely behind lap after lap pounced on it.
This year's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs is down to eight drivers following Sunday's elimination race at Kansas Speedway. Martin Truex, Jr. won the race and has the points lead over the seven other playoff drivers entering the final four races.
The incredible season of Martin Truex, Jr. continued on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Truex led 91 of 337 laps to win a race that needed overtime to decide. It's his sixth win this season and his second in the playoffs.
For the second week in a row Martin Truex, Jr. came up short in a race he should have won. Saturday night at Richmond Speedway Truex was just three laps away from winning when Derrick Cope scraped the wall to bring out the caution flag and setting up an overtime restart.
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. drove to his second victory of the season, both at Superspeedways when he won Saturday night's race at Daytona, two months after winning at Talladega. After a record 14th caution, Stenhouse started behind race leader David Ragan for the restart, but took the lead on the backstretch and held on the rest of the way.
Martin Truex, Jr. has led the most laps in a Cup race at Kansas four times in his career, but not until Saturday night did he finally win one. Truex led 104 of 267 laps, but it came down to a final restart with two laps left before he could claim victory. He edged ahead of pole sitter Ryan Blaney and held on for his second win of the season.
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. finally won his first Monster Energy Cup race after 158 tries. Stenhouse started on the pole, led 14 laps including the most important last lap when he passed Kyle Busch during an overtime restart and held off the rest of the field. He becomes the 11th driver to win their first career race at Talladega Speedway. It also ended a 101-race winless streak for owner Jack Roush.
What an incredible weekend for Kyle Larson at Auto Club Speedway in California. He won Saturday's Xfinity race, then completed the sweep by dominating Sunday's Cup race, winning from the pole. It's his second career Cup win and first this season after three straight second-place finishes.