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Truex and Team Reflects On Run To The Title

Truex and Team Reflects On Run To The Title

This certainly isn't your father's NASCAR.

When you refer back to what Garone, Pearn and Truex accomplished this season, you will see that the three may have been the first to figure out how to win a championship under the new stage racing system. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski were the other racers vying for the title.

Between his stage wins, race wins and bonus for winning the regular season points battle, he entered the 10-race playoff with a total that all but guaranteed him advancing through to Homestead.

Busch led 43 laps but couldn't catch Truex after contact from Larson behind.

"I feel really bad we come up a spot short, given I thought we had the best vehicle today, and I guess that's why it's called racing, and you've got to run it out".

There was the elevation of Pearn to crew chief in 2014. He and I aren't friends, so that's what you'd expect from the guys in that situation. "I don't really give a crap what we do next week".

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Truex and Pearn won eight times across a season of stress and strain. Crewman Jim Watson died of a heart attack at Kansas Speedway.

Ford may not have had a realistic chance because of how strong Truex has been all year.

Few racers have suffered more hardships, from losing his job in 2013 with Michael Waltrip Racing, to going 69 races without a victory during one stretch, to, most hard of all, watching his girlfriend Sherry Pollex suffer through treatments after an ovarian cancer diagnosis. The manufacturer has not won a Cup title since 2004. For example, Furniture Row is a team that uses team owner Visser's furniture-hauling trucks to transport parts across the country, suspension pieces sharing space with sofas.

Because virtually every other Cup team of significance is headquartered within 50 miles of Charlotte, the top mechanics and engineers tend to live and work in that circle. They were all better than me on the long run all day long. "Never give up on your dreams, no matter what happens". "I'm definitely going to take some time for reflection on that and think about what we've accomplished before we worry about 2018". He returned as lead race engineer in 2012 and when he took over as crew chief less than two years later, he was the first Canadian ever to hold a position like that in Cup Series racing.

The last lap he drove in a fog of emotion. Busch continued to make ground on Truex, with third-place Kyle Larson's coming into play behind the two, as the No. 42 made contact with Busch's No. 18 rear bumper in the waning laps. I was bawling like a little kid. It was insane, and I don't even know why. I'm going to take this thing back home. "The deal I had with [team owner] Rick [Hendrick] was if I finished the race with the vehicle in one piece, I get the auto and he gets the helmet".

"There's so many things along the way that led me down this path, that got me here tonight, so many people that sacrificed things to get me here, and all those things flashed through my head".