Kyle Larson went out and flat out dominated the Coca Cola 600 by winning every stage and leading 327 of the 400 laps. He led the way for Team Hendrick as the organization put all four drivers in the Top 5. Only Kyle Busch (P3) broke up the Chevy and Hendrick Motorsports dominance. The four Hendrick teammates combined to lead 373 of the 400 laps. Talk about a smack down!
The win catapulted the Hendrick organization into the all-time win leader surpassing the Petty Organization. That’s quite an accomplishment and shows just how successful Hendrick has been at putting capable drivers into their cars.
The recent dominance by Hendrick also has put three of their drivers into the Top 4 in points. Denny Hamlin still leads all drivers in spite of not having a win this season. Hamlin managed to finish P7 keeping his string of Top 10 finishes going.
Kyle Busch Watch
Kyle Bush led only one lap but managed to be the only driver capable of breaking up the Hendrick route.
Good on ya mate
Chris Buescher (P8), Tyler Reddick (P9) and Kevin Harvick (P10) for Top 10 finishes.
Bubba Wallace (P14) grabbed another Top 15 for his young team.
Daniel Suarez (P15) backed up his recent Top 5 with a strong Top 15 run.
Matt DiBenedetto (P18), Corey Lajoie (P19) and Michael McDowell (P20) had respectable runs.
So you had a bad day
Kurt Busch (P38) had an engine expire early on and put him in a hole once again. That’s 3 DNFs so far and makes it hard to reach the playoffs again. He will need a win to get in at this point, there is no “pointing” his way in right now.
Martin Truex, Jr. (P29) has three wins so a bad finish here didn’t hurt him at all.
The Indy 500
Helio Castroneves won his fourth Indy 500 joining racing icons AJ Foyt, Al Unser, Sr. and Rick Mears as the only four-time winners of the “greatest spectacle in racing.” He proved age is just a number as he started his only Indycar race that was on his calendar this season.
Helio climbed the fence and then jogged down the front stretch as he applauded the fans and they gave it right back to him. It was an emotional day as driver after driver came out onto the track to congratulate him.
Next up is Sonoma, so put your money down on Chase Elliott I guess. I kid, but you can rest assured all you will hear about this coming week is how dominant he has been on road courses. And while it has been true, there are 37 other cars that are gunning for him this week.
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