By: Pete Pistone – @PPistone | MRN.com on October eight, 2017 | 6:00 P.M. EST&#thirteen;
Truex gained his sixth race of the yr Sunday taking the checkered flag in additional time within the Financial institution of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photograph: Getty Pictures)&#thirteen;
There’s not one other phrase to sum up Martin Truex Jr. this season.
The Furnishings Row Racing driver gained his sixth race of the yr Sunday taking the checkered flag in extra time within the Financial institution of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He did it in his ordinary methodical type, on a weekend that didn’t begin out nice with an off qualifying effort. However Truex Jr. greater than made up for it late coming from the seventeenth beginning spot to win.
Most NASCAR followers don’t like or recognize dominance. The Jimmie Johnson championship period proved that and Truex Jr.’s season is bringing it to the forefront once more. It’s within the DNA of most followers to need totally different winners each week and until it’s your driver or group, the sight of the identical consequence on a seemingly weekly foundation isn’t often common. I get it.
Nevertheless, on the very minimal, you must root for Truex Jr. the individual. A driver that was almost out of the game because of being responsible by affiliation within the Michael Waltrip Racing scandal at Richmond in 2013 has resurrected his profession with FRR.
It’s unattainable to not convey Truex Jr.’s private life, the most cancers battle he’s in with lengthy-time girlfriend Sherry Pollex and the charitable work the couple does within the face of such unthinkable adversity.
The previous adage in sports activities reporting is to root for tales, not drivers or groups. There’s little question the most effective story proper now’s Martin Truex Jr. And he additionally occurs to be the perfect driver.
- The jury was undoubtedly out concerning the software of the PJ1 traction substance to the monitor in Charlotte this weekend. A number of drivers slammed the wall in Friday’s follow session together with Dale Earnhardt Jr., who went to a again-up automotive, and Kyle Busch. Martin Truex Jr. additionally had some challenges racing over the substance joking it ought to be referred to as “slime” this weekend. Due to the rain Saturday, the substance wasn’t utilized for the Cup race with the “Tire Dragon” used to attempt to create higher grip. However issues didn’t go nicely in Sunday’s race for Ryan Newman, who crashed after getting hit by Clint Bowyer who bounced off the wall. Newman didn’t mince any phrases when requested concerning the monitor circumstances saying “They’re fabricated, what do you anticipate.” Will probably be fascinating to see what tracks if any work on monitor floor grip the rest of the playoffs.
- Kudos to NASCAR, Charlotte Motor Speedway and NBC for accelerating Sunday’s begin time by an hour because of the potential climate across the Charlotte space. As a part of a brand new coverage, begin occasions might be moved up by an hour ought to there be climate considerations. However it additionally delivered to mild how 1 p.m. ET inexperienced flags, which have been the norm for a few years earlier than being shifted later primarily in hopes of attracting a bigger tv viewers, have their very own benefits and allure. Sunday introduced again reminiscences of the times “Church, Hen and Checkers” have been a part of so many lengthy-time NASCAR followers’ reminiscences.
- As predicted Saturday’s XFINITY Collection race turned out to be fascinating at the least from the playoff perspective. Whereas Alex Bowman gained making it three drivers not within the collection championship image taking victories within the opening spherical becoming a member of Tyler Reddick and Ryan Blaney, the battle between Brendan Gaughan and Ryan Reed for the ultimate playoff berth and transfer on was intense. Reed earned the spot and Gaughan was knocked out of the title chase, nevertheless it was an exciting finish to an extended day and night time at Charlotte. The one factor that might have made it higher is that if the duo have been preventing for the race lead as nicely.
- Denny Hamlin made headlines earlier within the week when he addressed drivers’ salaries and questioned how NASCAR’s revenues to groups. Whereas he was criticized by many followers who don’t take properly to millionaire athletes requesting extra pay, Hamlin did deliver up some factors which might be apparently being addressed by the sanctioning physique. “There’s much more we will do, and we’re going to do it,’’ NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France advised NBC Sports activities. “That’s what the constitution alternative provides the prospect to do. We’re working with (groups) to see how we will management bills in a means that has not been achieved in motorsports earlier than.’’
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