Rajan Khanna/Staff Reporter
The NASCAR Playoffs get criticized for adding far too much chance to the championship hunt, but some drivers become so dominant that the chance is mitigated. Martin Truex Jr. won so many stages and races in the regular season that he was able to advance to the final round on playoff points only. He could have taken a nine-race break and put his full focus on only Homestead-Miami, but he did not. He picked up four wins in that period alone. He concluded the season with eight wins and the well-deserved championship. He was criticized by fans for being so dominant, with many accusing him and Toyota of cheating. Toyota was also under scrutiny by Brad Keselowski, who thought Toyota had a massive advantage and no one else had a chance at the title: “You know, with that said, I don’t think anyone ever had a shot this year the second that thing got put on the racetrack and approved. It kind of felt like Formula 1 where you had one car that made it through the gates, heads and tails above everyone, and your hands are tied because you’re not allowed to do anything to the cars in those categories that NASCAR approves to really catch up.” Keselowski was vocal about his suspicions throughout the season but NASCAR did not find anything giving Toyota, as a whole, a game-breaking advantage. Truex will once again hunt for the title next season as Furniture Row Racing returns back to a single-car team. Erik Jones will move from the number 77 car to the number 20 car, replacing Matt Kenseth. Truex will be sure to dominate next season as all the resources can be
put into only his car.