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Martin Truex Jr. Wins Coca-Cola 600

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After several gut wrenching race misfortunes, luck didn’t turn on Martin Truex Jr. Sunday night. Truex led a race record 392 laps from the pole to win the Coca-Cola 600 for his fourth career Sprint Cup win. Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top 5.

The Furniture Row Racing driver led a NASCAR-record 588 miles, snapping a mark of 502.5 miles led by Jim Paschal in the 1967 World 600 at Charlotte. Truex also snapped Paschal’s mark of 335 laps led in the longest race on NASCAR’s schedule. The race itself also only saw 4 cautions.

“It’s a weekend you dream about,” said Truex, who endured a nightmare stretch of 12 races to start the 2016 season. It started when he lost the closest finish in Daytona 500 history and it recurred at Texas Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway and then two weeks ago in a wreck at Dover International Speedway.

Other storylines from Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway include:

  • Joe Gibbs Racing’s top 2 drivers struggled.  Kyle Busch smacked the wall out of Turn 2 with seven laps left and went straight to the garage, where he finished 33rd. Carl Edwards, a presence in the top five most of the night, was penalized for speeding twice, the second time while serving a pass through penalty for the first. The defending race winner finished 18th, a lap down
  • Brian Scott brought out a caution on Lap 115 for a spin in Turn 2. Scott finished 29th, 6 laps down.
  • Chase Elliott finished eighth in his first Coke 600 start and was the top rookie finisher
  • Every team related to Joe Gibbs Racing has won a race in 2016 and consequently now in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

NASCAR’s finest make their way to Pocono Raceway next Sunday for the Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400

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