Martin Treux jr was a man on a mission Sunday night, as he completed a four-wide pass in the closing laps of the race to win The Coca Cola 600 for the first time in his career. With that being said, however, things could have been much easier for the former champion.
In fact, if David Ragan, who lined up second on the final restart of the race, would have listened to Martin Truex Jr’s request to get out of the way, the eventual race winner could have commandeered the league much easier. He might have even been able to get away a lot faster.
Unfortunately for Martin Truex Jr, that didn’t happen and he had to surge on the inside to pass Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Ryan Newman to get the lead and win the race. After the race, however, Ragan was asked about his decision to not move over and had this to say to reporters.
“No, absolutely not,” said Ragan about being asked to move on the final restart. “We were doing all we could. You never know. I mean, those guys could get back there body slamming and I could have gotten a five or 10 car length lead.“You just never, never know what may happen on a deal like that.”
In the end, Ragan would go on to finish 15th when all was said and done and apparently has no regrets on not getting out of the way. With that in mind, it’s nice to see Ragan have that kind of fighting spirit, especially with his lackluster season this year, but he ultimately came up short once again.