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Truex dominates Coca-Cola 600

(MRN) Martin Truex Junior started from the pole and led all but eight of the four hundred laps run Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, rolling to one of the most lopsided Cup Series wins in NASCAR’s sixty-eight-year history. He darted away from the field at the drop of the green flag and kept the Number-78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota in front throughout the night – beating runner-up Kevin Harvick to the checkered flag by two-and-a-half seconds. At one point with just under a hundred laps remaining, Jimmie Johnson had whittled Truex’s lead down to three-quarters of a second. But Truex quickly reasserted his dominance coming out of a restart less than a hundred miles from the finish, easily motoring on to his fourth career victory and first this season. Johnson finished third with Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski completing the top five … Defending race winner Carl Edwards placed eighteenth in his bid for back-to-back “Six Hundred” victories, slowed by a speeding penalty on pit road … Joey Logano, winner of last weekend’s Sprint All-Star Race, was seeking to become just the eighth driver to win both the All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 in the same season. But he was penalized when his Team Penske pit crew went over the wall too soon on a stop during the second half of the race, though Logano did rally from that adversity to finish ninth … Truex becomes just the second driver in eighteen years to win NASCAR’s longest race from the pole position. The other is Johnson, who did it twice: in 2004 and 2014 … There were just nine lead changes Sunday, thirteen fewer than last year’s race, among four drivers: Truex, Johnson, Logano and Paul Menard.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES

Top 10 Finishers in the Coca-Cola 600

DRIVER STARTING POSITION LAPS LED

1. Martin Truex Jr. (Pole) 392

2. Kevin Harvick (8) —

3. Jimmie Johnson (7) 5

4. Denny Hamlin (4) —

5. Brad Keselowski (5) —

6. Kurt Busch (13) — 7. Matt Kenseth (27) —

8. Chase Elliott (R) (12) —

9. Joey Logano (2) 1

10. Ryan Newman (14) —

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Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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