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Handy: Is the MENCS Championship Truex’s to Lose?


Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 78 Toyota for Furniture Row Racing has without a doubt had the best season of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.

Truex who claimed the regular season Championship will look to capture his first MENCS Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway come Sunday afternoon.

He will have to finish ahead of fellow competitors Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski in the final race of the 2017 season, but that may not be too hard considering Homestead-Miami is a 1.5-mile track.

Anyone who has watched NASCAR this season knows that Truex has completely dominated on 1.5-mile tracks.

So, that brings about the question; Is the MENCS Championship Truex’s to lose?

Six of Truex’s seven wins have come on 1.5-mile tracks this year. That statistic alone along with the fact that their average finish at those tracks is 2.7 (Second to only to Bobby Labonte) makes it no surprise that Truex and his No. 78 team are the favorite to win.

Favorite or no favorite to win Truex will have to go up against three other MENCS Champions who are all trying to capture their second Championships.

Kevin Harvick driver of the No. 4 for Stewart-Haas Racing thinks that Truex faces the most pressure of any other driver chasing the title.

“Martin has won a lot of races this year. Those guys have dominated the year, and I feel like if they don’t win at this point, they would probably feel like they’ve had a letdown,” Harvick said.

Truex said he won’t be rattled by the pressure though.

“If I’m the favorite, perfect, I like that. I think it’s a better position to be in. I was the underdog before and I finished fourth, so yeah, bring it on,” Truex noted.

It would be a huge blow in my opinion for this team to not win the Championship this season.

Truex and the No. 78 team have completely dominated NASCAR’s top series this season with 7 wins, 18 top-five’s, 25 top 10s, and 2,175 laps led all of which are series leading numbers.

Love them or hate them this team has made huge gains this season and has proven they are here to stay, fight for wins and compete for Championships.

Truex as expected is excited about Homestead and will try to capture his first MENCS Championship.

“We’re all excited about going to Homestead with the opportunity of winning the championship. This is what we set out to do at the beginning of the year, Truex said.”

If Truex wins the title on Sunday it won’t be his only Championship winning season in NASCAR. Truex won what was than the Busch Series Championship in 2004, and then went on to defend his title in 2005 as well.

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahHandy85. A college student studying Communications/Public Relations Field and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, puzzles, video games, and photography. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah avidly follows all major New England Teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins & Celtics) as well as a huge fan of what she considers her “home track” New Hampshire Motor Speedway which she attends each year.

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1 Comment

  1. John McKay

    November 14, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Very awesome look at the week ahead. Hope he wins he has earned it . very great article.

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