BUSCH: Truex Jr wins back-to-back championship

Martin Truex, Jr. has won back-to-back NASCAR Busch Series championships for car owners Teresa Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Truex had a healthy lead over Clint Bowyer entering Homestead even though his luck over the last six weeks has been spotty.

NASCAR Busch series 2005 champion Martin Truex Jr. celebrates.
Photo by Kurt Dahlstrom.
"It just seemed like we couldn't get anything right," commented Truex. "We'd be running second and get a flat tire, or be leading and have to pit. We just didn't have a lot of luck. But we held onto it. I can't say enough about this team and my guys."

Truex wrecked his primary car during qualifying and was forced to start 42nd. He then got trapped a lap down after being forced to pit. But he got a break on lap 75 when a caution came just after getting back on the lead lap by staying out on a round of pit stops. Truex managed to work his way back to eleventh on lap 99 when he scraped the wall battling for position.

He got another lucky break when a caution came out a lap later allowing his crew to make repairs to the car under caution and not loose precious track position.

Truex did not take any tires and restarted fifth on lap 104.

From there on in, Truex was solidly in the top ten clinching the 2005 Busch Series Champion title and finishing seventh.

"I couldn't be prouder," said Truex. "This thing was three times harder to win than it was last year and I am three times prouder of my guys than I was last year."

Truex has five wins this year and 21 top-10 finishes. He wins by 72 points over Clint Bowyer. Carl Edwards, Reed Sorenson, and Denny Hamlin complete the top five.

"I don't know what happened that was out worst race all year," said Bowyer. "It's been a long year, we gave it our all."

Both Truex and Bowyer move up to the Nextel Cup series next year.