Who Won The Race At Charlotte Motor Speedway Today? [Expert Review!]

There are several races that take place at the end of every year, and the most prominent one is the grand finale of the automotive world, the Kentucky Derby. It is an annual tradition that the sport’s biggest stars gather at the beginning of May for the big race and the opportunity to show off their best qualities.

This year’s edition was no different as a host of sports celebrities, actors, and politicians attended the 139th running of the Derby, which was held on May 4 at 7:30 pm Eastern Standard Time. The two-and-a-half hour race was watched by millions around the world as 61 horses and jockeys vied for the title of “Derby Winner.”

It wasn’t just about the race itself as there were a number of other attractions that drew crowds, including an exhibition baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers, food trucks, and an automotive display.

That display featured all the famous cars and bikes that were unveiled at the annual auto shows, as well as a number of rare and classic vehicles, all of which were driven by some of the biggest names in motorsport. Here’s a look at how each driver did in today’s race:

Dale Earnhardt Jr.:

The most popular driver in NASCAR today, Dale Earnhardt Jr., won the pole position for the second straight year and led the first 29 laps of the race before a pit stop for fuel. He also won the race in 2011. He has two wins in the Derby and has been racing his entire life. He is well-known for wearing black, which is the color of his race car, Number 88. He usually drives the first lap or two of every race and then gives way to other drivers. While he is certainly very capable behind the wheel, he is also very protective of his personal life and doesn’t like to speak with the media (unless it’s related to racing).

Matt Kenseth:

The 2007 and 2008 champion, Matt Kenseth, started from the pole position this year and led the first 16 laps of the race. However, he too stopped for fuel and when he returned to the track, Kurt Busch, who had started in the back, pounced on the opportunity. Busch led the next 30 laps and then handed the win to Kenseth with four laps to go. Like Earnhardt Jr., Kenseth also usually leads the first few laps of all his races and then gives way to other drivers. He has one win in the Derby and has been racing his entire career. He usually drives a harder race than Earnhardt Jr. and is more of a driver’s driver. He likes to be in control of the situation and has been known to give very direct instructions to his crew members.

Kurt Busch:

Not to be outdone by his fellow competitors, Kurt Busch won the pole position and led the first 27 laps of the race. He came back for more in the closing laps and held off a hard charge from Carl Edwards to win by less than a car length. Edwards’ teammate Jimmie Johnson trailed far behind in third place. Like his two competitors, Busch has one win in the Derby and has been racing his entire career. He usually drives a harder race than Earnhardt Jr. and is a lot of fun to watch drive. While he can be intense when focused on the track, Busch is a laidback guy off the track. He also credits a lot of his success to his family and the people around him especially when he was growing up. He has five brothers and one sister and always looked up to his big brother, Jamie, who is now the crew chief for the Penske Racing team.

Carl Edwards:

The 2004 Rookie of the Year, Carl Edwards, was hoping to finally end his trophy drought. He started from the pole position and led the first 48 laps before a pit stop for fuel. He came back and led the final 12 laps to take the win. Edwards has been racing for over 20 years and has 14 wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup. He won the pole position at the 2007 Daytona 500 but ended up finishing fourth after starting third on the grid. He has been trying to earn a win in the Derby since 2006 but has never quite managed it. He finally ended his drought in style today and has a nice story to tell his grandchildren about this day in May.

Ryan Newman:

Ryan Newman was the second fastest driver in qualifying and led the first eight laps of the race. However, when the fuel ran out at the end of the first quarter of the race, he was nowhere to be seen. That’s because he had driven into the ground and suffered major damage to his car. The crash forced him to drop out of the race and he later made a pit stop for repairs. The caution that followed the crash also forced him to drop out of the point’s standings. He has two wins in the NASCAR Nationwide Series but has only had one previous appearance in the derby, in 2011, where he finished ninth. He is only 25 years old and continues to mature quickly as a driver. However, this was not his first real brush with tragedy as he had a near miss with a crash back in 2009. He broke both his legs in that accident but continued to race.

Jamie McMurray:

The 2011 American Idol winner, Jamie McMurray, started from the pole position today and led the first 17 laps. He came back for more in the closing laps and held off Kyle Busch’s late charge to win by less than a car length. Even after the race, McMurray was still going strong as he gave an interview with FOX Sports. McMurray is a former NFL offensive lineman who also played in the NFL Europe League and Arena Football League. While he did well in the interview and was impressively candid, he has never really been able to show off his football skills on the track. He has never won a race in his professional career and has only started five times, his best finish being fifth in 2011. He is hoping this win will help him find the right group of drivers to form a race team with and that it will also help him stand out in the football world. He will take some time off from racing to focus on his role with the New York Jets.

Denny Hamlin:

Denny Hamlin was the last car on the track as the race was coming to its end and he wanted to go for one more lap. That was almost certainly the smartest thing he could have done as Kyle Busch, who started last, stormed past him and took the checkered flag. One of the best pure drivers in the sport, Hamlin has seven wins in the Nationwide Series and has only had one previous appearance in the derby. He won back-to-back races in 2011 and 2012 and has been trying to break that streak ever since. While he has been very successful in his short career, one loss to Johnson in 2015 was particularly hard to take. His teammates, however, have always been behind him and it is a team effort that has helped carry him to where he is today.

Jimmie Johnson:

The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Jimmie Johnson, began the race as the favorite to win it all today but was quickly overtaken by Kyle Busch, who led the first 33 laps. Once he pitted for fuel, though, Busch’s tank was half-full and he had to stop again. That allowed Johnson to attack and took the lead and never looked back. Johnson’s championship defense was also aided by his two brothers, Clint and Chad, who shared driving duties in the team’s No. 48 Chevrolet. Jimmie Johnson is one of the biggest names in motorsport and a living legend in NASCAR. He has 14 wins in the Sprint Cup and has been racing his entire career, which began in 1995, except for a brief period in the middle of 1999, when he was imprisoned. While he was in prison, his wife, Chandra, took over driving duties in the No. 48 car. Once he got out in 2001, he came back stronger than ever and began dominating races. Even today, at age 45, he is still going strong and is one of the most popular and well-known drivers in the sport. Since his return to the track in 2001, he has only lost one race (to Martin in 2011).

That was a close one, wasn’t it? Hopefully, you found this article interesting and will look for more on this topic.

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