The Bottom Line: A lot to digest after Homestead
As longtime favorites ran their last races, there was a lot else going on at Homestead on Sunday. As the NASCAR season comes to a close, our man has a lot on his mind before the holidays have even started.
Truex Jr. humbled by support system.
Martin Truex Jr. reflects on his journey on the track after winning the 2017 NASCAR Cup championship.
Monday Rundown: Crew chief Cole Pearn lives unlikely dream
As unlikely as Martin Truex Jr.'s title may have once seemed, having a mechanic from Canada -- Cole Pearn -- as the winning crew chief for a team from Colorado made things more special. In Xfinity, Cole Custer got one, and BKR went out on top in Trucks.
NASCAR suspended Matt Kenseth crew chief Jason Ratcliff for the 2018 Daytona 500 because Kenseth's car had two loose lug nuts following the race Sunday at Homestead. But it doesn't really matter because Ratcliff is moving to a new job as the crew chief for Christopher Bell in the Xfinity Series. The suspension is specific to the NASCAR Cup Series so it won't impact Ratcliff's new role.
Danica Patrick's swan song
Before she took the track for her final NASCAR Cup race as a full-time driver, Danica Patrick reflected on her career and future with a perfect throwback picture (that you really need to see).
Truex Jr. shares special night with Dale Jr.
Two old friends -- Martin Truex Jr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- shared a special night Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway as Truex captured his first NASCAR Cup title with a victory in what was most likely the final race of Earnhardt's NASCAR Cup career.
As usual, Dale Earnhardt Jr. thought of everyone else Sunday
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was preparing for what may be the final race of his career, and the last person he was thinking about was himself. That's typical, and as it has always been, the kind of endearing trait that made his fans the most loyal in NASCAR.
Martin Truex Jr. won two Xfinity Series championships for Dale Earnhardt Jr., so it meant so much to him to have Earnhardt come see him on stage celebrating the NASCAR Cup title:
Martin Truex Jr. on what allowed him to hold off Kyle Busch late in the race at Homestead to capture the NASCAR Cup title:
Keselowski: 'Drubbing' if Ford doesn't redesign
After his seventh-place finish in Miami on Sunday, championship finalist Brad Keselowski had a simple message to Ford designers: Make a new car for next season or face a "drubbing."
Martin Truex Jr. crew chief Cole Pearn said the championship Truex won Sunday was the result of Truex putting it on his shoulders and carrying a car that wasn't the best to victory at Homestead:
Dale Jr. savors last Cup race with pit road party
Dale Earnhardt Jr. capped his final NASCAR Cup Series race with beers and handshakes as his team held an impromptu party on pit road following his 25th-place finish in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Marty Smith and producer Jonathan Whyley carrying the Monster Energy Cup Trophy they victory lane
Martin Truex Jr.'s championship a reward for hard work and faith
Martin Truex Jr. was at a crossroads in 2013, victim of a team scheme that cost him a spot in the playoffs and ultimately his ride. But he found a new home at Furniture Row Racing, and Sunday his talent propelled him to the top of NASCAR.
Danica disappointed with crash in final race as full-time driver.
Danica Patrick expresses her frustration with the crash that ended her tenure with Stewart-Haas Racing.
Dale Jr on Hendrick: 'He's helped me become a better person.'
Dale Earnhardt Jr. describes the emotion behind his embrace with car owner Rick Hendrick after his final full-time race. Earnhardt Jr. says he's thankful for Hendrick sticking with him through the tough times, and that he considers him a father figure.
Jr. will miss his crew the most.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. talks to Marty Smith about his emotions after his final race as a full-time driver.
Dale Jr. finishes 25th in final full-time race.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. closes out his storied career as a full-time driver by finishing 25th at Homestead, and Ricky Craven discusses why he was so well liked.
Truex Jr. wins first title.
Martin Truex Jr. holds off Kyle Busch in the final laps to win the race at Homestead and capture his first championship.
Truex Jr. caps career season with 1st Cup crown
Martin Truex Jr. clinched his first NASCAR Cup championship on Sunday by winning the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Crazy scene as Dale Jr. addresses the media
Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski says Martin Truex Jr. had always been a talented driver and Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser has schooled many owners on how to build a race team:
Dale Earnhardt Jr & his team are stuck on pit road, surrounded by fans, passing the time by emptying all the beer coolers.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. chugged a beer after getting out of his car and a finish of 25th at Homestead in his final NASCAR Cup race. He enjoyed driving down pit road prior to the race and shaking hands with crew members of various teams. Earnhardt: "I really wanted to shake their hand."
Dale Jr and Rick Hendrick embrace after the racer's final laps.
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