Truex makes history, sets records and earns popular win at Charlotte

Martin Truex Jr. celebrates his win after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 29, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Martin Truex Jr. celebrates his win after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 29, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

CONCORD, N.C. – There was no heartbreak for Martin Truex Jr. Saturday; no last lap disappointment, no pit road miscues, no what could have been.  Truex Jr. staged a record performance at Charlotte Motor Speedway in NASCAR’s longest race to score his fourth career victory and his first since last Pocono last June winning the Coca-Cola 600.

It was a record breaking night in route to the win. Truex led 392 of the 400 laps besting Jim Paschal who previously held the track record for most laps led 335, in 1967.  Truex also led more miles in one race, 588, than any other driver in NASCAR history. The 3:44:08 time of the race was also the fastest Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte history.  Leading from the pole, Truex also became the first driver since David Pearson in 1976 to win from the pole while racing for a single car team. In addition the average speed of the race, 160.644 was the fastest average speed in event history.

As Truex made his way down pit road Saturday after winning, he was congratulated by other drivers and crewmembers from other teams as the crowd roared approval.

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