Dominant. That's the best method to explain Martin Truex Jr.'s record-breaking victory in Sunday evening's Coca-Cola 600.
The furniture Row Racing driver led 392 of the four hundred laps for 588 miles. That's ninety eight % of the race. The 392 laps led is a Coke 600 experience list and the 588 miles led is essentially the most in a single race in NASCAR history. not a nasty option to choose up furniture Row Racing's first win of the 2016 NASCARP sprint Cup season.
After only 13 of 36 races accomplished, Truex already has set a career high for laps led in a season at 809, surpassing his old mark of 581 set in 2007. but Truex wasn't simply dominant at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He's been ready to ruin via for a while now. in the final three races, he has led a total of 611 laps.
"Yeah, it's simply astounding, basically brilliant weekend, the variety you dream about," observed an Truex after scoring his fourth career victory and second with furniture Row Racing. "I suggest, it's fantastic to consider — to peer what we've finished. That's what each driver wants. all of us want to go to the song every and each weekend and know we've a chance of profitable, working up front and leading laps. confidently we are able to stick with it. It's early within the season and there's an extended how you can go. We're going to preserve pushing tough and hold making an attempt to work in opposition t that championship goal."
The victory essentially punched Truex's ticket into the ten-race Chase playoffs, which commences at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 18. Truex now has 381 points in the Chase and sits in seventh location, up two slots because of the win.
When the No. seventy eight Bass pro shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota took the checkered flag, 2.572 seconds forward of runner-up Kevin Harvick, the 35-yr-historic Truex crucial time to give some thought to what he just completed.
"there are so many feelings," mentioned Truex. "I needed to unplug my radio and just experience around and consider for a few minutes, because I didn't even recognize what i was going to assert or what i was going to do. We've been via a great deal as a bunch. I've been through a great deal for my part. I've been via a lot with Sherry (Pollex, lady friend) and it's fun to have her right here and have her celebrate.
"i am chuffed for my guys, crew chief Cole Pearn, happy for Barney [Visser, team owner], Toyota, Johnny Morris [Bass Pro Shops owner and founder], all and sundry on the store again in Denver. I suggest, I've obtained the most reliable group on this planet."
Truex's Bass professional retail outlets/TRACKER Boats Toyota carried a name of a fallen hero as part of NASCAR's 600 Miles of Remembrance for the Memorial Day Weekend race. The fallen hero on Truex's car changed into U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Jeffrey E. Bohr, who become killed in 2003 right through Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"So proud to have Jeffrey Bohr journey with us this weekend," referred to Truex. "he is the real hero, he gave his lifestyles for our country as a way to delight in our freedom and do what we did tonight."
Truex, who got here close to victories this season at Daytona, Texas, Kansas and Dover, became no longer going to be denied again. He won the pole on Thursday night and came returned on Saturday to put up the fastest speed in the remaining rehearsal.
"I have faith in my team," he noted. "I've received lots of high-quality americans in the back of me. Sherry – she offers me loads of thought and we simply maintain fighting. We on no account surrender. We never quit. We all the time just preserve digging and just pleased with my guys for sticking in the back of me – the pit crew has come a long manner. They did an excellent job tonight. sprint, furniture Row, Denver Mattress, Toyota, Bass pro stores, Auto-homeowners insurance, our (technical) alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing and to all our enthusiasts, who have supported us throughout the heartbreaks. due to all of you."
Third-location finisher and 6-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson referred to publish-race of Truex's dominating performance, "Yeah, I mean they have got had a number of runs the place they have got simply been the category of the container and issues have kept them from Victory Lane. Tonight he wasn't going to be denied — there became no approach round that."
The next race is Sunday June 5 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway the place Truex is the defending champion.