His eyes were red from crying by the time he climbed out of his car on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"There was a night where I sat on the porch and thought there was a chance I may never race in the Cup Series again, at least competitively", Truex said.
Kyle Larson, who was eliminated from the playoffs last month, finished third in a Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing. If Harvick wins, it will be SHR's third championship since 2011, second since the elimination format was introduced in 2014, and first for a team in a first-year relationship with a manufacturer since Cale Yarborough in 1978. Look at our four years together, we went from nobodies to winners to weekly contenders last year.
He also got emotional immediately after the race as he hugged team owner Rick Hendrick, who he's raced for the last 10 seasons. But there is no denying their affect on the sport.
He leads the series in nearly every meaningful statistic, and if the points earned all season weren't reset for Sunday's finale, he'd have already won his first Cup title. While Bell is confirmed to race full-time for Joe Gibbs Racing in the XFINITY Series, Briscoe's future is currently unknown for 2017. No driver not named Earnhardt Jr. has won the Most Popular Driver Award since the 2002 season. "I couldn't be happier about that". He uses his Furniture Row trucks to haul parts and pieces on a weekly basis to North Carolina from Denver.
"You can't completely block things like that out of your mind", he said. In that Texas race he out-dueled Martin Truex Jr for the win. Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski are the four drivers in this 'best finish takes the crown' battle. "It's been so fun to relive memories and watch all these videos and watch all these tributes".
Four-time champion Jeff Gordon, his former Hendrick Motorsports teammate, stopped by the car for a chat. "I don't have anything outside the car that's on a to-do list". But Keselowski is still here in the Championship 4 somehow.
By that time, the raw emotions had to give way to the official processional. Keselowski knew what he needed to do last weekend to move to the Championship round and he made it happen.
"We did it a little bit in 2015, some guys did it and we made it to Homestead".
What makes this duo interesting is what the off-season will involve until Daytona in February.
Healthy enough. That's a stipulation most other drivers don't have to worry about when it comes to their loved ones, but most other drivers haven't dealt with everything Truex (and Pollex) have had to. The 14-time and likely soon-to-be 15-time defending Most Popular Driver Award winner has driven in the Cup Series since the 1999 season and has been a full-time driver since the 2000 season.
"I'm so glad I get to run this last year".
"I mean, yeah, theyve had the fastest car all year, so it was good to see him win", said Harvick.