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Martin Truex Jr. Wins 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship

Mayetta, New Jersey, native Martin Truex Jr. enjoyed a dominating season on the track.

Mayetta, New Jersey, native Martin Truex Jr. enjoyed a dominating season on the track. He earned the most coveted prize in motorsports on Sunday by winning the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship with a victory in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Truex and his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota car won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ regular season championship. He had four victories in the regular season. Then the playoffs started, and Truex stepped on the gas even more.

Truex won four playoff races and finished in the top-five in every postseason race except one – Talladega. He finished the season with career highs in wins (8), top fives (19), top 10s (26) and laps led (2,250), leading the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in all those stat categories.

With 16 victories this season, Toyota won its second-consecutive Monster Energy Series Manufacturers’ Championship. Truex’s teammate, Erik Jones, captured the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year after recording a rookie-high five top fives and 14 top tens.

Truex is the first champion from New Jersey.

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