Martin
Truex Jr

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At a glance

  • Made NASCAR's final four
  • Finished 2nd
  • Seven wins in 36 races
  • Further eight top-five finishes
Martin Truex Jr

If there was a ‘costliest blunder of the year’ award, Truex’s pit crew would surely reign supreme. The 2017 champion was the undisputed pacesetter of the winner-takes-all championship finale at Homestead when his team inexplicably fitted the left-front wheel on the right side and vice versa.

Forced into a green-flag pitstop to rectify the error, he lost a lap and was never able to make up the loss of time and track position, finishing 4.5s behind team-mate, winner and champion Kyle Busch. Truex ended the year with seven Cup wins – the most of any driver – and 15 top-five finishes from 36 races.

Martin Truex Jr