Martin Truex Jr left the car in gear after winning Kentucky Speedway – It rolled away
Martin Truex Jr picked up his 4th win of the season at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night. It’s the 19th win of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.
19 burnouts later, Truex had something new happen at Kentucky Speedway. After the celebratory burnout, Truex left the car in gear and climbed out of the cockpit. Leaving the car in gear is the equivalent of the parking brake, which most race cars lack.
However, Kentucky Speedway also features 8-10 degrees of banking. That was enough to get the car rolling, while it was in gear. The car took off down the banking and onto the apron.
Truex rode with it for awhile then jumped off and watched it go.
“The car was just sitting on the banking in 2nd or 3rd gear and it just started rolling,” Martin Truex Jr said after the race win at Chicagoland Speedway.
“I kinda felt it start. I was like, ‘Yeah, whatever just go on. I’m gonna jump off here and do an interview.’ Marty was standing there so I didn’t want to leave him hangin’ and take off down after the car.”
“I just left it in gear. The front stretch has got enough banking that it just rolled away.”
“Ghost ridin’ it. Remember when you were a kid and you’d ghost ride your bike? Take off pedalin’ and ghost ride it off a jump? That’s kinda what it was.”
Watch the video below as Martin Truex Jr accidentally ghost rides his race car at the start finish line.