Well, that didn’t go as expected. I would’ve bet money that Martin Truex Jr. was going to lead the way from green to checkers, but his lead only lasted 15 laps before Hendrick Motorsports came to take over the day. Larson, Elliott, and Byron were the class of the field early on and Bowman obviously coming on late.
If you are a Hendrick loyalist then this was the best race of the year, because these guys were an unstoppable force. Clearly Chevy found something that nobody else could find because even Richard Childress Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing were all running in the top ten most of the day.
For most of the race it was just an orderly affair with Kyle Larson leading the way with his teammates switching positions behind him, but he never truly broke away. He only lost the lead in pit stops when Alex Bowman found a way in front and was able to hold him off. From there on Bowman was the guy to beat. Whichever Hendrick car was able to get out front seemed to be the favorite from there on out.
Alex Bowman was able to find victory lane in what was a super average race. It’s not the worst race, but through the field it just seemed like everyone was running single file for most of the day and there was little to no true battle for the leads. Pit road was where the real race was won.
The cautions shook things up, but not on restarts. I wouldn’t call this a bad race, but I also can’t say it was good. This race from start to finish was purely meh, and I’m super excited to see what the racing will be like at a brand new race track.
Road courses have become more exciting in recent years with the entire field seeming to become more capable at them. So COTA has a chance to reenergize the fan base after a dry last couple of weeks.
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