Monday, May 30, 2016

Rossi Wins 100th Indianapolis 500 in a Thrilling Finish!

Running on Fumes, Alexander Rossi brought home his first career IndyCar Victory in the biggest race of his career. The 100th Indianapolis 500 will always be remembered as a rookie victory. Rossi used fuel strategy to defeat Carlos Munoz and Josef Newgarden. In his 6th start in the Verizon IndyCar Series Rossi took his #98 Honda for AHA with Curb-Agajanian. This is the first time since Helio Castroneves won the Indianapolis 500 in 2001 that a rookie would go to victory lane at the Brickyard. Carlos Munoz, Josef Newgarden, Tony Kanaan, and Charlie Kimball rounded out the Top 5.

Results

1. Alexander Rossi
2. Carlos Munoz
3. Josef Newgarden
4. Tony Kanaan
5. Charlie Kimball
6. JR Hildebrand
7. James Hinchcliffe
8. Scott Dixon
9. Sebastien Bourdais 
10. Will Power
11. Helio Castroneves
12. Oriol Servia
13. Marco Andretti
14. Graham Rahal
15. Max Chilton
16. Jack Hawksworth
17. Alex Tagliani
18. Pippa Mann
19. Simon Pagenaud
20. Gabby Chaves
21. Townsend Bell
22. Matthew Brabham
23. Bryan Clauson 
24. Ryan Hunter-Reay
25. Spencer Pigot
26. Takuma Sato
27. Mikhail Aleshin
28. Stefan Wilson
29. Conor Daly
30. Buddy Lazier 
31. Ed Carpenter
32. Sage Karam
33. Juan Pablo Montoya

Truex Dominates Longest Race of Year for First Win of 2016!

In one of the most dominant performances that I have ever seen in person, Martin Truex Jr. won his 4th career victory. Truex was not going to be denied of the win this weekend and he showed it by leading a track record 392 of 400 laps and a NASCAR record 588 miles in a race. Truex Jr. won from the pole for the first time in 9 tries. Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski rounded out the Top 5. The only other drivers who led laps included Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, and Paul Menard.

NASCAR News Source Driver of The Week

When it comes to dominance Martin Truex Jr. truly showed he was here and that he was not going to let bad luck jump on top of him and steal another win. Truex survived adversity to take his first win of 2016 and continued the never give up attitude. Awesome pit stops, and just a very very fast car was the equation for winning the Coca-Cola 600 and to lead almost every lap of this 600 mile race is certainly a very impressive feat as it's never been done before. Truex beat the previous record by a long shot and in a season filled with record breaking feats there will be more coming! Congrats to Martin Truex Jr. not only on winning the Coca-Cola 600 but also on winning NASCAR News Source Driver of The Week Honors!

Results from the 57th Coca-Cola 600

1 78 Martin Truex Jr.
2 4 Kevin Harvick
3 48 Jimmie Johnson
4 11 Denny Hamlin
5 2 Brad Keselowski
6 41 Kurt Busch
7 20 Matt Kenseth
8 24 Chase Elliott
9 22 Joey Logano
10 31 Ryan Newman
11 16 Greg Biffle
12 3 Austin Dillon
13 42 Kyle Larson
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
16 47 AJ Allmendinger
17 27 Paul Menard
18 19 Carl Edwards
19 1 Jamie McMurray
20 21 Ryan Blaney
21 10 Danica Patrick
22 5 Kasey Kahne
23 15 Clint Bowyer
24 14 Tony Stewart
25 6 Trevor Bayne
26 43 Aric Almirola
27 38 Landon Cassill
28 7 Regan Smith
29 44 Brian Scott
30 13 Casey Mears
31 23 David Ragan
32 83 Matt DiBenedetto
33 18 Kyle Busch
34 95 Michael McDowell
35 98 Cole Whitt
36 46 Michael Annett
37 34 Chris Buescher
38 30 Josh Wise
39 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt
40 55 Reed Sorenson

Next Race

Next Weekend we will begin to paint the picture of the summer of 2016 with the first race in June called the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at the Pocono Raceway. The Tricky Triangle. Martin Truex Jr won this race last year but now has a win under his 2016 belt winning in Charlotte. Former Pocono June winners who are currently winless include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Tony Stewart, and Kasey Kahne. Will one of these drivers take the victory or will we see someone new?