Wreck drops Truex, Keselowski from top-10 in points
By Dominic Aragon
November 21, 2016
Two of the drivers involved in a nine-car accident with 10 laps to go in the Sprint Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway dropped outside the top-10 in driver’s points.
Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski were involved in the lap 258 incident of the Ford EcoBoost 400 that ended the championship hopes of title contender Carl Edwards.
“All I see is the 2 coming up the track and nowhere to go,” Truex said. “This is one of those wrong place, wrong time. We got put in the back a few times. Once was our mistake early and Harvick’s after that. It’s unfortunate. We had a really good race car tonight and nothing to show for it. It’s two weeks in a row.
“Frustrating, glad this year is over and we will go and regroup and get ready for next year.”
Truex entered the season finale eighth in points, 16 points above 11th place Kevin Harvick. His finish of 36th placed him 11th overall in points.
Before the race at Homestead, Truex was inside the top-10 in points for 28 consecutive races.
Keselowski entered the season finale ninth in points, 11 points above 11th. He did not finish the race, placing 35th Sunday and 12th overall in points.
“It’s a product of a format that’s based on putting everything and risking everything,” Keselowski said of the incident. “I don’t know. It’s not really all that surprising. It’s disappointing. I don’t think that’s great racing, but I understand why it happened on both ends.”
Keselowski will finish outside the top-10 in points for the first time since 2013.