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Martin Truex Jr. up for 2018 ESPYS Best Driver Award

Reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. is one of four nominees for Best Driver for the 2018 ESPYS put on by ESPN — an award open to public voting, NASCAR fans.

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In his 2017 championship run, Truex and the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team won eight races and led 2,253 laps en route to the 38-year-old driver’s first series title. Truex, along with 2016 series champion Jimmie Johnson, also was nominated last season for his breakout 2016 run.

The other nominees in the category are: IndyCar’s Josef Newgarden, Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton and NHRA’s Brittany Force.

Former NASCAR driver Danica Patrick will host the ESPYS, becoming the first woman to have that honor.

The show is July 18 at 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ABC. So set your calendars to tune in, and keep voting in the meantime.