Martin Truex Jr. finished runner-up in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship for the second consecutive season.
Last year Truex Jr. followed Joey Logano across the finish line in the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Sunday it was déjà vu again for the 2017 champion as he finished behind Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch, who captured his second career title.
A mistake on an early pit stop when his team mixed up front tires on a pit stop put Truex Jr. behind.
“Having to restart back where we did and eat up our tires, starting the third stage we just got too tight,” Truex Jr. said. “One of those deals. We lost our track position and fell too far behind. Just too much to make up.”
When the checkered flag flew, Truex Jr. was able to make up that ground but still finished nearly five seconds behind Busch.
“One little mistake is hard to overcome with track position,” he said. “Just another one that got away. Felt like we had what it took to win, even more than last year. We had the whole package, just a little too tight at the end there.”