Kyle Larson won the NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 in ordering design on Sunday night to get Hendrick Motorsports’ record-setting 269th all-time Cup Series win.
Larson began from pole position and cleared each of the four stages in the 600-mile race on his way to a 10-second edge of triumph over colleague Chase Elliott.
“it was great to be the guy to help Mr. H break that record finally,” Larson said.
The win was Larson’s second of the season and eighth of his career.
Petty Enterprises had held the best position on NASCAR’s wins list since 1960, with its last triumph coming at Martinsville in 1999 with the late John Andretti in the driver’s seat, a similar track where Geoff Bodine scored Hendrick’s first success in 1984.
“I can’t really get it in my brain right now,” team owner Rick Hendrick said after the race.
“But, man, what a good job they did tonight and I’m just looking forward to the rest of the year, but I’m glad 269 is over.”
Larson’s success at Charlotte Motor Speedway went ahead that very day that Helio Castroneves became the fourth four-time champ of the Indy 500.