It’s one of those races where you know that destiny will fall upon those who are most deserving. This was one of those nights where 40 drivers honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice as they raced Sunday night on Memorial Day eve. Martin Truex Jrhad three opportunities in another career year to be on top of the world early this season. Falling short of the Daytona 500 and losing at Texas and Kansas at the last moment were key highlights, but not in a positive way.
Winning his second pole of the season in the Coca-Cola 600, Truex was determined to get into the Chase with a win as he did last season at Pocono, and not let anyone or anything stop him from doing so. The way Truex dominated Charlotte leading all but eigth laps, the only true competitor he had was Jimmie Johnson. Not even the seven time Charlotte winner could hardly get around Truex, as he was hell bent on getting what had eluded him all season long. It was destiny the whole time that led him to victory lane.
Leading 392 laps was a Coca-Cola 600 record, which practically shattered the previous one held by Jim Paschal in 1964. On a day of triple-header racing it was a first time for everyone. IndyCar rookie Alexander Rossi won not only his first career race, but won the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. Last year’s Formula One Champion Lewis Hamilton took six months to win his first race of the season in the Monoco Grand Prixen route to defending his title. Sunday May 29 was a first for all in racing.
It ended a lot of building frustration for Truex as girlfriend Sherry Pollex was seen celebrating emotionally in the pit area after the win. Pollex had been battling ovarian cancer, and the hug she gave to Truex was one cemented for the ages. Usually in my case, if it’s feels like destiny, well sadly most of the time it’s not. You can say and tell from the very start, it was Truex’s destiny not only to win, but to rewrite the history books.
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Bryan Law