By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Martin Truex Jr. won the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina during Memorial Day weekend. This is Truex Jr.’s second win of the Coca-Cola 600.
He also won the event on Memorial Day Weekend in 2016. Both times, he won the event driving the Toyota.
This is Truex Jr.’s third win of 2019. Besides winning in Charlotte, he also won in Richmond and Dover.
Truex Jr. — who was sponsored by Bass Pro Shops/Tracker ATVs and Boats/USO — led 116 laps of the 400. He also received 42 points and six playoff points.
Joey Logano was the second place finisher in his Shell/Pennzoil entry. With Roger Penske’s second place finisher, he failed to double up in the biggest Motorsports Day of the year.
Simon Pagenaud — driving the Menards/Verizon entry — for Penske’s IndyCar team held off Alexander Rossi to get the win. Pagenaud made the winning pass with a lap and a half to go.
Kyle Busch was the third place finisher in his M&M’s Red, White, and Blue. Busch also led 79 laps.
Miller Lite driver Brad Keselowski also led 76 laps. NAPA Auto Parts driver Chase Elliott led 43 laps, while Liberty Patriotic driver William Byron led 31 laps.
FedEx Ground driver Denny Hamlin led 21 laps. Mobil 1 driver Kevin Harvick also led 14 laps, while Nationwide Patriotic driver Alex Bowman led eight laps. Cessna driver Daniel Hemric led seven laps.
Select Blinds driver David Hagan led three laps. DEX Imaging driver Ryan Blaney led two laps.
Nine drivers did not complete the race. Five drivers, including Erik Jones, Matt DiBenedetto, Bayley Currey, Austin Dillon, and Kyle Larson, were involved in crashes.
Ryan Preece and Ross Chastain both had suspension problems. Landon Cassill had an oil cooler issue, while Cody Ware had a rear gear problem.