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photo credit: Ron Olds (file)

AVONDALE, Ariz. (Nov. 12, 2017) — Martin Truex Jr. had another strong playoff run, finishing third in Sunday’s Can-Am 500 NASCAR Cup Series race. The result was a career best for the Furniture Row Racing driver at the 1-mile Phoenix Raceway.

“We go into each race with the same attitude and that is to be a contender for the win,” said Truex. “You can’t turn it off and on in this sport. We’ve had trouble at this track in the past but had a good game plan coming in.

“We stuck with the plan all weekend and we were right there all day. It was a good day for Furniture Row Racing (teammate Erik Jones finished fourth) and I hope this put a smile on the face of our owner Barney Visser. We’re all thinking of him during his recovery.”

Truex will close out the 2017 season next Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway as one of the Championship 4 drivers vying for the season title. He will be joined by Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski. The driver who scores the best finish among the four finalists will be crowned the NASCAR Cup Series champion.

“We’re all excited about going to Homestead with the opportunity of winning the championship,” stated Truex. “This is what we set out to do at the beginning of the year.”

Truex, who started the Phoenix race fifth in the blue No. 78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry, powered by a TRD engine, basically ran in the top-five for the entire race.

“We were right there all day long,” said Truex. “Had a sniff at the lead a couple times – just couldn’t quite get it – but I’ve got to say I’m so proud of (race winner) Matt (Kenseth) and his team and the year they’ve had and really the position they’re in right now. To go out and win that race was unbelievable, so I was really, really happy for him. He did an awesome job.” Matt Kenseth
photo credit: Ron Olds (file)

With one race remaining, Truex has garnered seven wins, 18 top fives, 25 top 10s and 2175 laps led — all series leading numbers.

Take away the Talladega wreckfest race, Truex’s average finish in the other eight playoff races is 2.37.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race Number 35

Unofficial Race Results for the 30Th Annual Can-Am 500 – Sunday, November 12, 2017
Phoenix Raceway – Avondale, AZ – 1 Mile Paved
Total Race Length – 312 Laps – 312 Miles

1 – 20 Matt Kenseth
2 – 24 Chase Elliott
3 – 78 Martin Truex Jr.
4 – 77 Erik Jones
5 – 4 Kevin Harvick
6 – 1 Jamie McMurray
7 – 18 Kyle Busch
8 – 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
9 – 43 Aric Almirola
10 – 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
11 – 13 Ty Dillon
12 – 22 Joey Logano
13 – 14 Clint Bowyer
14 – 3 Austin Dillon
15 – 27 Paul Menard
16 – 2 Brad Keselowski
17 – 21 Ryan Blaney
18 – 19 Daniel Suarez
19 – 5 Kasey Kahne
20 – 31 Ryan Newman
21 – 41 Kurt Busch
22 – 95 Michael McDowell
23 – 47 AJ Allmendinger
24 – 34 Landon Cassill
25 – 10 Danica Patrick
26 – 15 DJ Kennington
27 – 32 Matt DiBenedetto
28 – 66 David Starr
29 – 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt
30 – 7 Joey Gase
31 – 23 Corey LaJoie
32 – 00 Derrike Cope
33 – 38 David Ragan
34 – 51 Kyle Weatherman
35 – 11 Denny Hamlin
36 – 72 Cole Whitt
37 – 37 Chris Buescher
38 – 6 Trevor Bayne
39 – 48 Jimmie Johnson
40 – 42 Kyle Larson

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