Martin Truex Jr. (78) crosses the finish line to win NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Martin Truex Jr celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthew Bishop)
In my opinion, last night's Coke 600 was boring from the stand point that NO ONE really challenged the winner Martin Truex Jr. But the fact that history was made more than makes up for the lack of action at the front of the pack.
At one point last night, I tweeted out that watching the race was like watching paint dry. When I actually started to really look at the paint drying, I noticed what I was really seeing.
The 78 car was going thru the field like a hot knife thru butter. To watch him navigate thru the field was pretty impressive. Only 15 out of 40 cars would finish on the lead lap. That's how impressive Truex Jr was but it doesn't stop there.
He led the most laps ever in a NASCAR event at 392. The Coke 600 is 400 laps so he was not leading the field for only 8 circuits. Congrats to Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, and Paul Menard for being the only guys to say I spent some time in the front at the Coke 600 of 2016.
Truex Jr led 588 miles. That is the most ever for a NASCAR event. They have been running NASCAR races since 1949 yall and Truex Jr just broke that record.
His average speed for the race was 160.644 MPH and yes, that is a Coke 600 record.
With 100 laps to go, I pretty much knew the 78 was going to win the race unless he got caught up in a wreck. And I believe at that moment, I really wanted him to make history and he did in a big way.
It's unbelievable to think that the 78 team did what they did last night as a single car team.
You would expect a super team like Hendrick or Joe Gibbs Racing, or Penske or Stewart-Hass Racing to do something like this. NOPE, single car operation Furniture Row Racing out of Denver, CO got it done. They do have an affiliation with JGR, but this is still a singe car operation. Go figure, another Denver based team showing up teams from the Carolinas. Sorry if that opened up some old wounds Panthers fans.
So a big congrats to Martin Truex Jr and the 78 team for a historic win in the Coca Cola 600.
But please don't make this a habit.
Oh by the way, the series goes to Pocono this week and the defending champ is........ Wait for it........