Martin Truex Jr. remains in command of the NASCAR Cup point standings with 951 points.
Saturday night’s race winner, Kyle Busch, climbed into second place in the points (850 points, 101 behind Truex), dislodging Kyle Larson (845 points, 106 behind Truex) from that spot.
Kevin Harvick remains in fourth position (824 points, 127 behind) followed by Denny Hamlin (753 points, 198 behind).
Kurt Busch, who finished fifth in the race, moved up to 13th in the standings in what was his 600th career NASCAR Cup start (see video above). He’s assured of a playoff spot after winning the season-opening Daytona 500.
Click here for the NASCAR Cup standings following Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The fan base of Dale Earnhardt Jr. is large and devoted.
Those fans, affectionately called “Junior Nation,” has voted Earnhardt as NASCAR’s most popular driver 14 years in a row.
Justin Hartley of NBC’s “This is Us” is a member of Earnhardt’s fan base. The actor narrates the above essay on the close relationship between the driver and his fans.
Sunday marks Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s last start as a full-time Cup driver in NASCAR.
NBC Sports’ Bob Costas sat down with the 14-time most popular driver before the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to get Earnhardt’s thoughts before he climbed in the No. 88 Chevrolet for the last time.
Earnhardt addressed what he hopes his legacy will be after 20 years in the sport as a driver, including his impact on attitudes towards concussions in sports in general.
Earnhardt, who will join NBC Sports in 2018, also talked about what life has in store for him in the near future.
Earnhardt also made sure to credit his devoted fan base for making his career possible.
“I understand the driving force behind my success and opportunity in this sport, whether it be inside the car or outside the car, is all because of Jr. Nation,” Earnhardt said. “This year we’ve tried our best to show appreciation to them.”
Watch the above video for the full interview.
It’s been a historic year for Furniture Row Racing, the Cup team that has its base of operations in an old water bed factory in Denver, Colorado.
With Martin Truex Jr. piloting the No. 78 Toyota, they won a team record seven races and a series record six races on 1.5-mile tracks. Combined with a dominating performance under the new stage racing format, Truex has put the team in its second Championship 4 in three years.
But it’s also been a season of perseverance and tragedy.
NBC Sports’ Nate Ryan narrates the above video essay on the story of Furniture Row Racing’s 2017 season.
Here’s a look at who the NBC Sports staff is picking to win today’s Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Martin Truex Jr. wins the championship. Denny Hamlin wins the race.
Martin Truex Jr. wins the race and earns his first Cup title.
Martin Truex Jr. wins his first Cup title as Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s Appreci88ion Tour ends in Victory Lane after the No. 88 starts from the rear of the field.
Brad Keselowski holds off Martin Truex Jr. to win the championship, while Matt Kenseth wins what potentially may be the final race of his NASCAR Cup career.