On a weekend where the celebration of freedom also involves remembering the ones who lost their battle to defend that freedom, the last thing anyone had on their mind is dominance in an event about endurance.
The day involved singing the praises of the Armed Forces, while they know their fallen brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters paved the way for them. It showcased the colors of the American Flag, while military exhibitions were done. The bagpipes showcasing Amazing Grace, a rousing rendition of God Bless America, the 21-gun salute, and then the somber playing of Taps took the focus on this day.
Not one individual was thinking that someone was capable of dominating a race that is the most difficult, the most challenging, and sees the most changes. Everyone saw that happen two years ago, it couldn’t happen a second time…right?
Well, never say never.
When someone wants it bad enough, they will outright chase after it. But, the dominance was not from the one that’s been on the hot streak.
Instead, it was that other driver who found some momentum prior to a trip to Charlotte. And, it was a driver that won a lot at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, but just not in the premier series.
Stage 1…victory. Stage 2…victory. Stage 3, the only time all year a race doesn’t end after this stage…victory. At the end of 400 laps, seemingly an eternity, and after leading all but 28 laps, one man can say he won on every track he’s ever raced on in Cup competition.
Finally, Kyle Busch has won at Charlotte, and won his second crown jewel event of his career. Although he can say he’s won at every track, come September, that changes, because the second Charlotte race is not going to be the same as Sunday.
What is even more surprising, not one participant decided to gamble and pick the Rowdy one. Instead, gambled for the other momentum driver, and instead came up with a bust. Here’s the updated standings after a long night in the Coca-Cola 600:
Sal Sigala Jr. – 495 – Kevin Harvick finished 40th (3) 17
Ashley Hobbs – 484 – Kevin Harvick finished 40th (5) 26
Rob Tiongson – 466 – Kevin Harvick finished 40th (2) 10
Penny Whitecotton – 433 – Kevin Harvick finished 40th (5) 23
Trisha Rodisch – 432 – Kevin Harvick finished 40th (4) 21
Misan Akuya – 424 – Jamie McMurray finished 6th (4) 22
Dustin Parks – 415 – Martin Truex Jr. finished 2nd (0) 2
Billy Fellin – 387 – Joey Logano finished 22nd (3) 18
Rob Blount – 363 – Kevin Harvick finished 40th (1) 6
Ashley Hull – 343 – NO PICK SENT (2) 12
Next Race: Having no one win this week, especially when the one guy that had everything going his way exited due to something that was out of his control. So how exactly will he, and anyone that believes in him, get the momentum back. Or will they decide to go with the guy that flat out put on a clinic in the longest race of the season?
Or, could someone pull a trick out of their sleeve in order to get a victory?
Up next is one of the trickiest speedways on the circuit since cars can be great in one end, but horrible in another. It’s my home-state speedway, as we all make our way into the mountains along the eastern part of Pennsylvania to come to the Pocono Raceway.
Have those picks locked in by Thursday, May 31, at 10 p.m. ET for the Pocono 400.