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.
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.
It was a dominating day for Martin Truex, Jr. at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Truex led 150 of the race's 267 laps and claimed all three stages, but needed a next-to-last lap pass of Brad Keselowski to win his first race at Vegas.
Three races are completed in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship and Martin Truex, Jr. has won two of them. Racing at Dover International Speedway, what he considers his "home" track, Truex beat second-place Kyle Busch to the finish line by more than 7 and a half seconds for his second career victory at Dover and his fourth win this year.
The first race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship at Chicagoland Speedway goes to Martin Truex, Jr. Using a late pit stop for new tires, Truex caught and passed rookie Chase Elliott in the final restart of the race and held on for the victory. Elliott had led 75 laps until that last caution flag came out.