Martin Truex, Jr. Wins Coca-Cola 600, Simon Pagenaud Takes Indy 500
Martin Truex, Jr. held off Joey Logano during a late restart to win Sunday's Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR's longest race of the season. Truex used the inside lane in a four-wide pass and beat Logano to the finish line by .330 seconds.
It was an incredible comeback by Truex who admitted he thought his day was done when he blew a tire and slammed into the Turn 4 wall during the first Stage of the race. But after repairs he was back in the Top 10 at the end of the Stage and finally pulled into the lead.
Truex led 116 of the 400 laps for his third victory of the season, matching Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski. Busch finished third with Chase Elliott and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. completing the Top 5.
Next week, NASCAR moves on to Pocono, for the first of two visits this season to the famed "Tricky Triangle."
Earlier in the day, pole sitter Simon Pagenaud passed Alexander Rossi on the next to last lap and held on to give team owner Roger Penske his 18th victory in the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500. Pagenaud's victory was by just 0.2086 seconds, the seventh closest margin of victory in the history of the race.
Pagenaud led 116 of the 200 laps but traded the lead with Rossi over the final 13 laps until finally pulling ahead for the final time. To celebrate his first Indy 500 victory, instead of the traditional sip of milk, he poured the entire bottle over this head.
Pagenaud is the first Frenchman to win the Indy 500 since Rene Thomas in 1914.