Family tradition: Dillon puts No. 3 back in Victory Lane

Solenn Plantier
Juin 2, 2017

Despite the fact that he led a race-high 233 laps and did not win, either, Truex was more accommodating and philosophical about coming out on the wrong end of a fuel-mileage gambit that was won by first-time race victor Austin Dillon. With two laps to go, Johnson sputtered and settled into 17th place as Dillon - who also steered clear of a pit stop down the stretch - coasted the final two laps and become the seventh first-time Cup Series victor in Coca-Cola 600 history.

Truex led 233 laps in NASCAR's longest race of the season, but while he and other contenders pitted with 33 laps to go, Dillon stayed on the track and crossed the finish line on fumes for his first career win. Since 2015, the No. 78 auto has led 756 out of a total 1200 laps (63 percent) during the trio of 600-mile races, only to lose two of them due to fuel-mileage, as Carl Edwards stretched his tank two years ago. No one, Alexander reasoned, would outrun Truex's auto with fresh tires and lots of gas, so their best chance was to not give up position. "You just couldn't stop or turn or anything". However, it took him less than 45 laps to crack the top five, finishing fourth in the opening stage of the race. "I just hate it that I made a mistake there in Turn 3 and got in the wall".

When the green flag through to begin Stage 2, Blaney passed Harvick, en route to winning his second stage of the season. (4) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 400. 5.

The stage was delayed by a 1-hour, 39-minute lightning and rain delay.

"I did all that I could from that point and just came up a little bit short", he said. Childress heard critics pick apart his grandson's skills and demeanor the past four seasons, with some claiming it was an embarrassment to sit him in the same numbered vehicle that Earnhardt led to six of seven championships. I was not even running hard up there.

"I know there's pressure". "There was agreement that this process would enhance the racing we see at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and ultimately would make for an exciting Coca-Cola 600".

He took the podium after second-place finisher Kyle Busch uttered one sentence, one more word, dropped the mic and left the building. "My crew chief said there is oil on the track, but I knew I broke something on the auto, so actually broke a left-side truck arm". Childress asked. "The Coke 600, Austin Dillon and the (No.) 3".

Kurt Busch finished sixth, followed by rookie Erik Jones, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who finished 10th in his final Coca-Cola 600 as a fulltime driver. Instead, the team turned to a setup used by Jimmie Johnson, a Hendrick Motorsports teammate of Junior's and an eight-time victor at Charlotte. (38) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, Rear End, 18. With Trevor Bayne holding the 16th and final playoff spot.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 138.8 miles per hour.

Truex took the lead for the final time with 67 laps left, sweeping past Busch to move out front.

Martin Truex Jr. has Charlotte Motor Speedway figured out. 103; K. Harvick 104-106; M. Truex Jr. 295-296; D. Hamlin 297-306; Kyle Busch 307-329; M. Truex Jr.

Truex was leading when the caution flag flew for the third time on Lap 142 after Matt DiBenedetto's No. 32 Ford slammed into the outside wall.

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