Martin Truex Jr. tallied his third victory of the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season in the longest race of the season – the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. But the victory didn’t come in the dominant fashion that his prior 600 win did. Back in 2016, Truex led all but eight laps in the 400-lap race. In today’s race, Truex knew he had a strong No. 19 Camry early in the race, but when a right-front tire blew, that strong car hit the wall causing significant damage to the right side of the car.
The strategy and wisdom of crew chief Cole Pearn led his team to repair the damage as best they could. That allowed Truex to feel
confident to drive his Camry back to the front of the field. Truex would ultimately lead a total of 116 laps (of 400) in the race.
“I don’t know how we did it honestly,” said Truex. “I blew that right-front tire earlier and hit the fence off (Turn) 4. I thought man, that’s not good. I know this car is pretty banged up. We just fought back from it. We kept working on the car and kept adjusting on the car. What a rocket ship this Bass Pro Toyota was this weekend.”
Truex’s teammate Kyle Busch also claimed a top-five finish with a third-place result after battling handling issues throughout the race
The Cup Series heads to Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania next weekend.