Martin Truex Jr. won Sunday's Bank of America 500 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a seemingly-forgone conclusion given his lead the last 50 laps or so, but it ended up taking longer than it first seemed.
Larson possibly had the best vehicle to challenge Truex, but a tire changer slipped on a pit stop when Larson was leading with 55 laps remaining.
"It was tough out there today; the auto was a handful", Truex said.
"You feel like an idiot, but there's just so many things that you're thinking about and so much emotion and so much you're thankful for because this stuff is so hard, and you never know if you'll get another chance to do it. But, if we keep running like we are, hopefully the opportunities will be there".
Coming into the day, Kyle Busch had high hopes to get a win at Charlotte, the only track on the circuit at which he had not won a points-awarding race. "We were just kind of hanging on". Truex won the opener at Chicagoland Speedway and Kyle Busch won at New Hampshire and Dover. Suarez and Kahne are the only drivers in that group who are not in the playoffs. However, the weather miraculously held, something that has been unusual at the last few CMS races, and drivers were able to complete the entire race under gray skies.
So she stayed home and watched on television, posting a photo of herself following the victory. "I know I got tight underneath him and I washed up, but I checked up, and when you check up, sometimes you wash up even more, but nevertheless, I don't know if he turned me on goal or not".
According to the latest oddsmakers, Kyle Busch is favored to win this race, as he has 7/2 odds. He laid down on the infield grass after climbing from his auto on pit road.
Busch laid in the grass, packs of ice were placed on his chest, and a stretcher was brought to him. Team owner Joe Gibbs thought the issue could have been heat exhaustion.
Kyle Busch didn't stagger, nor did he stumble as he emerged from the Charlotte Motor Speedway Infield Care Center on Sunday.
DALE JR.: He finished 12th in his final Cup race at the track, which he told SiriusXM "has been hemorrhaging for a while".
Busch said he could tell the heat inside the auto was going to be an issue as a result of the initial damage.
Busch also crashed twice during practice Friday. NASCAR called a competition caution earlier in the race because of Saturday rain and its impact on the track.
It was as much an improbable victory as a driver could earn, as Truex notched his sixth win in 30 races this year.
Larson, then, got off pit road first to restart the race as the leader with 64 laps remaining, but when the yellow flag waved again about 10 laps later, Truex was first of pit road to retake the lead.
From a restart on Lap 284 to a caution on Lap 325, Harvick chased Truex relentlessly, closing up to his bumper in Turn 3 roughly midway through the run. He was running 23rd.
Yet, Busch's No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team continued to work on his vehicle and the driver soldiered on to the finish, ending up 29th. He ended up crossing the finish line with a few auto lengths between him and the rest of the pack, so for those few laps, everyone in the pit box had to postpone their celebrations. Like his teammate Busch, Hamlin was drained after the race. Kevin Harvick took the lead on lap 52, and would hold on to win both stages.
At that point, Truex's lead was already substantial. Truex didn't the lead until lap 234. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver repeatedly asked for ice bags during pit stops and when the race concluded he removed himself from the auto and laid down on the infield turf.
With 2 laps remaining in regulation, Kurt Busch spun on a restart, setting up NASCAR Overtime.
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