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Coke 600: Martin Truex Jr. wins after wild four-wide pass

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Coke 600: Martin Truex Jr. wins after wild four-wide pass
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May 27, 2019, 3:33 AM

Martin Truex Jr. navigated a four-wide restart with five of 400 laps remaining to win the 60th running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro Shops / TRACKER ATVs & Boats / USO
Race Winner Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro Shops / TRACKER ATVs & Boats / USO
Race Winner Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro Shops / TRACKER ATVs & Boats / USO
Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro Shops / TRACKER ATVs & Boats / USO
 Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Shell Pennzoil
 Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Shell Pennzoil
 Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&M's Red, White & Blue
Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&M's Red, White & Blue
 Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Miller Lite, Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing, Ford Mustang Mobil 1, Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&M's Red, White & Blue

Truex lined up third on a restart with five go and as the field moved off Turn 2, a four-wide battle erupted for the lead with Truex emerging with the lead.

It was an improbable conclusion to the race for Truex, who had brought out a caution early in the race after hitting the wall.

"That was just incredible - what a race," Truex said after exiting his No. 19 Toyota on the frontstretch. "This is for everybody who gave their life so we could be here doing this tonight. 

"What a hell of a team - we never gave up on it. I thought we were done. We blew a tire and hit the wall. We never gave up on it. Just kept fighting, just kept fighting.

"What a race there at the end. That was pretty wild."

Asked at what point he thought he had a car with which he could win, Truex deadpanned, "Before I hit the fence the first time. Before I blew a tire, I was like, 'This thing is unbelievable.' Then it was really tight and we freed it up and then it was too loose. 

"I just thank Cole (Pearn, crew chief) and all the guys. We're gaining on it."

 

The win is the third of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for Truex – all in the last five races – and 22 of his career.

Kyle Busch finished third, Chase Elliott was fourth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. completed the top-five.

Rounding out the top-10 were Chris Buescher, Alex Bowman, Jimmie Johnson, William Byron and Kevin Harvick.

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Following the break between Stages 3 and 4, all of the lead-lap cars elected to pit with Elliott the first off pit road.

On the restart on Lap 308, Elliott was followed by Truex, Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney and Stenhouse.

Off Turn 4 on Lap 309, Kurt Busch wrecked and made contact with Kyle Busch which brought out a caution. Harvick also received some minor damage in the incident.

On the restart on Lap 315, Elliott remained in the lead, followed by Truex, Kyle Larson, Blaney and Logano.

Larson appeared to get loose after contact with Truex in Turn 2 on Lap 316 and triggered an accident that also collected Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon and Ryan Preece which brought out another caution.

“I got a bad restart and put myself back where I shouldn’t have been,” Larson said. “I just screwed up.”

 

Only a handful of cars elected to pit and on the restart on Lap 324, Elliott remained in the lead followed by Truex, Blaney, Logano and Bowman.

With 60 laps remaining, Elliott maintain a small advantage over Truex. Blaney ran third, Logano fourth and Brad Keselowski in fifth.

On Lap 343, Truex cleared Elliott after the two made slight contact to retake the lead.

With 45 laps to go, several drivers began a round of green flag pit stops, which would be their final stop needed for fuel.

Denny Hamlin hit the wall on Lap 358 and the debris on the track brought out a caution. All of the lead-lap cars pit, with Truex the first off pit road.

On the restart on Lap 366, Truex led the way followed by Elliott, Stenhouse, Blaney and Newman.

Logano, who had not been in contention most of the race, powered into the second position on Lap 368.

With 30 laps remaining, Truex held a small lead over Logano with Blaney in third and Kyle Busch had moved up to fourth.

After 380 laps, Truex still held a slight advantage over Logano with Blaney still in third. Kyle Busch remained in fourth and Stenhouse ran fifth.

With 10 laps to go, Keselowski spun off Turn 4 and down the entrance to pit road to bring out a caution. Just before his spin, Blaney had headed down pit road under green for a bad vibration.

Most of the lead-lap cars elected to pit but David Ragan stayed out and inherited the lead. Ryan Newman was the first off pit road thanks to a two-tire stop and lined up second.

On the restart on Lap 396, Truex lined up third, Kyle Busch fourth and Elliott fifth.

# Driver Manufacturer Laps Time Laps Led
19 United States Martin Truex Jr.  Toyota 400   116
22 United States Joey Logano  Ford 400 0.330  
18 United States Kyle Busch  Toyota 400 1.421 79
9 United States Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 400 1.770 43
17 United States Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Ford 400 2.374  
37 United States Chris Buescher  Chevrolet 400 2.561  
88 United States Alex Bowman  Chevrolet 400 3.178 8
48 United States Jimmie Johnson  Chevrolet 400 3.338  
24 United States William Byron  Chevrolet 400 3.461 31
4 United States Kevin Harvick  Ford 400 3.819 14
10 United States Aric Almirola  Ford 400 3.840  
32 United States Corey Lajoie  Ford 400 4.357  
12 United States Ryan Blaney  Ford 400 4.605 2
21 United States Paul Menard  Ford 400 4.631  
38 United States David Ragan  Ford 400 5.196 3
6 United States Ryan Newman  Ford 400 6.083  
11 United States Denny Hamlin  Toyota 400 30.888 21
41 Mexico Daniel Suarez  Ford 399 1 lap  
2 United States Brad Keselowski  Ford 398 2 laps 76
36 United States Matt Tifft  Ford 398 2 laps  
8 United States Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 398 2 laps 7
34 United States Michael McDowell  Ford 398 2 laps  
13 United States Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 397 3 laps  
14 United States Clint Bowyer  Ford 397 3 laps  
43 United States Darrell Wallace Jr.  Chevrolet 396 4 laps  
96 United States Parker Kligerman  Toyota 396 4 laps  
1 United States Kurt Busch  Chevrolet 396 4 laps  
77 United States Quin Houff  Chevrolet 396 4 laps  
53 United States B.J. McLeod  Chevrolet 395 5 laps  
27 United States Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 389 11 laps  
47 United States Ryan Preece  Chevrolet 343 56 laps  
66 United States Joey Gase  Toyota 334 66 laps  
42 United States Kyle Larson  Chevrolet 315 84 laps  
3 United States Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 315 84 laps  
52 United States Bayley Currey  Chevrolet 245 154 laps  
15 United States Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 134 265 laps  
00 United States Landon Cassill  Chevrolet 108 291 laps  
51 United States Cody Ware  Ford 51 348 laps  
95 United States Matt DiBenedetto  Toyota 47 352 laps  
20 United States Erik Jones  Toyota 22 377 laps  

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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Charlotte
Drivers Martin Truex Jr.
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing
Author Jim Utter