Dream Championship Season for Truex Jr.

Motor Racing Network

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Martin Truex Jr. capped off a dominating season with his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.

The Furniture Row Racing driver’s win in Sunday’s season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway was his eighth win of the year, the most by any driver since Denny Hamlin in 2010.

Truex finished the season with career highs in wins (8), top fives (19), top 10s (26) and laps led (2,250). He led the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in all those stat categories.

Truex’s title also marks the first championship for Denver, Colorado-based Furniture Row Racing and owner Barney Visser.

“I can’t event believe it,” Truex Jr. said. “I can’t believe we got the lead. I can’t believe we kept it. 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 then they put it in my hands and I had to hand onto it.

“It’s all I could do to hang onto that thing and find a lane that would work for me and the 4 (Kevin Harvick) and the 18 (Kyle Busch) were both better on the long run all day long. I just had to find something at the end and luckily was able to find a lane that was really good for my car, but also bad for them behind me and just worked out.”

Truex Jr. has had to overcome professional and personal challenges on his way to becoming a Cup Series champion. His career was nearly over when he lost his ride after the Michael Waltrip racing scandal at the Richmond Raceway regular season finale in 2013. He landed at the then underdog Furniture Row Racing team and has been a huge element to the team’s fortune and success.

Truex Jr. is also dealing with his long-time girlfriend Sherry Pollex’s cancer battle, adding to the emotion he felt after reaching the sport’s pinnacle on Sunday.

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In each of Todd Oliver's rookie seasons he had a chance to win the championship along with the rookie of the year title. In 2015 Todd finished 3rd in the Truck standings, just 13 points behind. The next year he went to the Xfinity series and made the first championship four in that series. Todd finished 3rd again along with his rookie of the year title. Now in 2017 Todd raced in the Cup series and made the championship four. He had clinched the rookie of the year title, now just had to try to get that title.

Todd had the same picks along with a number of other drivers including his competitor Kelly Wolfe. Todd was able to win the tiebreaker over Kelly and only finished in 19th place. Luckily for him that was all he needed as the other two drivers finished below him.

After coming close two other times in the Xfinity and Truck series, Todd Oliver gets it done by winning the Cup Series Championship. He becomes the third different rookie to win the Cup championship, Jordan Hunt and Greg Miller were the other two. However only Jordan had won the rookie of the year title, so Todd becomes just the 2nd to do so

Ford Ecoboost 400 Top 5 Finishers

1. Rodney Webb
2. Gwen Demian
3. Jack Thesier
4. Larry Scroggins
5. Charquilia Addison

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XFINITY Championship to Byron

Motor Racing Network

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – William Byron won the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship in Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Byron survived an incredible battle with JR Motorsports teammate and fellow Championship 4 driver Elliott Sadler to take the title. His third-place finish in Saturday’s season finale earned the 19-year-old his first title of any kind.

“He raced me clean,” Byron said of Sadler. “We raced hard for it. I have to thank God for giving me this platform to perform. Thank you guys. What an incredible crowd.”

He joins Chase Elliott as the second teenager to win a series title and to do it in their rookie seasons.

Byron won four times in 2017 and gave JR Motorsports its second series title. His four wins were a series record for a freshman driver.

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The Championship four took place at Homestead and it turned out to be pretty interesting. Al Allison has a lot to be thankful this holiday season since the racing gods took out Christopher Bell's engine. Three of the four championship drivers had Bell, the only one that didn't was Al. That gave him the clear advantage and even scored the most points. Even though he only finished in 9th place, he was the highest finisher and wins the Xfinity Championship.

Ford EcoBoost 300 Top 5 Finishers

1. Terry Smith
2. Randy Cook
3. Teeder Jenkins
4. Bobby Ericson
5. Steve Barber

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Bell Takes Truck Championship

Motor Racing Network

Christopher Bell’s second-place finish in Friday night’s Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway wrapped up the 2017 season championship.

Bell finished second behind winner Chase Briscoe and was able to outdistance fellow Championship 4 contenders Johnny Sauter (third-place finish), Austin Cindric (fifth) and Matt Crafton (sixth) to take the crown.

“A dream come true just doesn’t even describe it,” Bell said in Victory Lane. “For me to be at KBM (Kyle Busch Motorsports) as long as I have and to go out a champion there is something I’m really proud of and really proud that I’ve got all of our partners at JBL here to victory lane at Homestead for the championship stage.

“They’ve been with me since day one of my Truck career and really glad we’ve got a lot of guests here with us. Between JBL, Toyota, TRD (Toyota Racing Development), SiriusXM, DC Solar, everyone at KBM, man – these trucks are so good and they pay so much attention to all the detail into that goes into these things and that’s what makes these Tundras so fast. It’s just – speechless.”

At 22 years, 11 months, 1 day, Bell is the fourth-youngest champion in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series history.

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The Championship four battle was going to be a close race since the picks by all four were pretty similar. All four of them ended up in the top 10 but of course one had to come out ahead. Just like last year, it came down to winning the race to win the championship. Matt Minnich and Jose Rodriguez both had the same picks but Matt had Bell as his segment Truck while Jose had Sauter. Bell finished one spot ahead and won the championship and gave Matt Minnich the win and championship over Jose.

Ford EcoBoost 300 Top 5 Finishers

1. Matt Minnich
2. Jose Rodriguez
3. Leon Baker
4. Joel Blade
5. Joe Tenpenny

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Lucky Dog Racing's 2018 LROC team

In 2017, Lucky Dog Racing struggled in the first half of the LROC season and found themselves in last place. The team rallied together in the second half and moved from last to finish 2nd place in the standings for the third year in a row. They are still looking for their 5th title but at least got a much better finish from where they were originally headed.

For the second year in a row, one of Lucky Dog Racing's drivers won the driver championship. In 2016 it was Randy Cook and last year Jose Rodriguez won his first title.

Jose is back on the 2018 team to defend his title. Joining him is Todd Oliver who won his first Cup championship and now makes the LROC team for the first time. Al Allison won the Xfinity Championship but decided to continue to race with MGTNFRL. Kelly Wolfe takes his place for his third appearance.

Matt Minnich makes his 2nd start after winning the Truck championship. Kevin Sullivan is no stranger to the series, he becomes the 2nd player to reach 10 seasons after he won both the Streak to the Finish and Manufacturer Challenge. Finally, Jay Smogolski usually race for either the Fantasy Sport Site or P10 Select but he'll make his debut with Lucky Dog Racing this year. He becomes just the 2nd player to race for three different teams.

Good luck to the 2018 LROC team, make sure you cheer them on throughout the season as they look to win the fifth title.

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Lucky Dog Yahoo Racing 2017

2017 Yahoo Top 5 Standings
Updated after Homestead
Team Total Pts
1. Stormdevil Racing 10,379
2. Dirtbags 131 10,238
3. wolfercing 10,206
4. Diego Drug Runners 9,904
2. AA Racing 9,864

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Lucky Dog Racing's Streak to the Finish is a Forum only competition. Here's how to play... Pick a top 10 driver each week to keep your streak going! Sound easy? Not so fast.... you can only choose a driver once per streak. You receive points depending on how your driver finishes and your current streak. If you score the most points out of all players, you can receive a special award on your driver page, a spot on the 2019 Lucky Dog Racing LROC Series team and a $25.00 gift certificate to NASCAR.com or Amazon.com

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2017 Top 5 Streak To The Finish Driver Standings
Forum Name
Rank Total Points Current Cup Streak Current Xfinity Streak Current Truck Streak
Sullivan Smashers 1. 1709 2 4 3
President Lou 2. 1619 5 0 4
J-Rod's Hot Rods 3. 1613 1 5 3
xrays 4. 1557 5 6 3
Mad Dog Racing 5. 1552 1 3 8

Congratulations To The 2017 Champions!
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Todd Oliver
Cup Series Champion

Al Allison
Xfinity Series Champion

Matt Minnich
Truck Series Champion

Jose Rodriguez
LROC Series Champion

Jay Smogolski
Yahoo Series Champion

Kevin Sullivan
Streak To The Finish Champion

Kevin Sullivan
Manufacturer Challenge Champion

Todd Oliver
Chaser Eraser Champion

Next Monster Energy Cup Series Race
Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona
February 11, 2018
Daytona Intl. Speedway


Next Xfinity Series Race
Powershares QQQ 300
February 17, 2018
Daytona Intl. Speedway


Next Truck Series Race
NextEra Energy Resources 250
February 16, 2018
Daytona Intl. Speedway


Next LROC Series Event
Race #1
Feb. 16-18 2018

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Top 10 Cup Drivers
1 T. Oliver 5024
2 K. Wolfe 5020
3 R. Perrotta 5016
4 F. Sanchez 5001
5 L. Demian 2231
6 N. Bishop 2223
7 D. Smith 2214
8 J. Rodriguez 2213
9 M. Mason 2212
10 H. Jeffery 2202
Top 10 Xfinity Drivers
1 A. Allison 4038
2 K. Wolfe 4034
3 W. Riney 4023
4 T. Oliver 4016
5 T. Smith 2206
6 T. Jenkins 2176
7 M. Steinfels 2168
8 R. Perrotta 2167
9 J. Sebern 2160
10 S. DiCaprio 2143
Top 10 Truck Drivers
1 M. Minnich 4054
2 J. Rodriguez 4049
3 B. Blair 4045
4 W. Riney 4044
5 K. Sullivan 2228
6 S. DiCaprio 2213
7 K. Wolfe 2206
8 J. Thesier 2193
9 S. Burton 2175
10 G. Miller 2170
Top 10 LROC Drivers
1 J. Rodriguez 747
2 S. Ruth 724
3 K. Mayotte 684
4 L. Demian 683
5 D. Hardison 680
6 N. Helton 678
7 K. Sullivan 674
8 D. Smith 671
9 J. Turgeon 668
10 M. Weltin 658

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