CONCORD, N.C. – Martin Truex Jr. was finally able to get it done Saturday. After several heartbreaking losses this season, Truex staged a dominating performance Saturday to win NASCAR’s longest race, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600. Here’s how it all went down Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Despite threatening weather from tropical storm Bonnie, Truex Jr. led the field from his first career Charlotte pole; Joey Logano was second on the outside. Truex was able to grab the lead exiting turn 4 as Logano and Denny Hamlin contested second side by side. Logano had the second spot by start of lap 2. Hamlin fell into third followed by Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson.
Johnson and Keselowski were fighting for fourth on lap 4. He was able to clear Keselowski on lap 5. The lead up front was 1.1 seconds. Johnson took third from Hamlin on lap 13 as Kasey Kahne pitted with a right front tire issue. By lap 20, Truex was lapping the back of the field
Because of heavy rains earlier in the day, NASCAR had called for a mandated caution to check tire wear and that caution the first of the race waved on lap 25. The leaders all pitted with Truex out first followed by Logano, Hamlin, Keselowski and Kevin Harvick.