NASCAR CHAMPIONSHIP 4: Martin Truex Jr.
Alt_Driver's Cole Frederick is making the case for each of the Championship 4 to win the title on Sunday. Here's why Martin Truex Jr. will win his first career Cup Series championship on Sunday at Homestead.
Martin Truex Jr. is the only driver in the Championship 4 without a Cup Series title, but that will change on Sunday afternoon.
Truex has dominated this season, and it's only fitting that he ends the year by hoisting the championship trophy.
Truex has won the most races this year, led the most laps and won the most stages. Kevin Harvick tried to play mind games with Truex by calling him the favorite, but Truex agreed. He knows it's his time to win, and he'll have the opportunity to etch his name in stone in NASCAR history on Sunday afternoon at Homestead.
He's never won at Homestead, and he finished 12th two years ago during his first appearance in the Championship 4.
Entering the 2017 season, Truex had seven careers wins. He doubled his total this year as he won seven more races, and he's had the fastest car of any driver this season.
He has dominated 1.5-mile tracks this season with six wins, which gives him an advantage at Homestead given that it's also a 1.5-mile track. Through nine playoff races, Truex has only finished outside of the top 5 once, and he has three playoff wins.
So, despite being the only driver in the Championship 4 without a title, Martin Truex Jr. is the favorite to win it all. Truex knows he's the favorite. He knows the pressure is on him to deliver. Furniture Row Racing is also looking for its first ever Cup Series championship, and they've provided Truex with the best car of any team this year in the No. 78 Toyota.
Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski are all worthy opponents, and they're all capable of winning the title. All three of them have championships, and they know what it's like to race at this level with this much pressure.
But it's Martin Truex Jr.'s time, and when the checkered flag is waved on Sunday, Truex will finally be able to call himself a champion.