Martin Truex Jr. captures Cup championship with victory at Miami

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Martin Truex Jr. captured the first championship of his Cup career Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, winning the Ford EcoBoost 400.

Truex won for Denver, Colorado-based Furniture Row Racing, which also claimed its first title. He held off a furious charge by Kyle Busch in the closing laps for his eighth victory of the season and a record seventh on a 1.5-mile oval.

Busch, who was racing for a title at Miami for the third straight year, finished 0.681 seconds behind, ahead of Kyle Larson.

Championship-eligible Kevin Harvick was fourth, followed by Brad Keselowski in seventh.

It’s the fourth consecutive season that the series champion has won the season finale since NASCAR restructured its playoffs with a “Championship Four” round in which the highest finisher in a quartet of eligible drivers wins the title.