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When Martin Truex Jr. won his first championship on Sunday, he took his winning 78 car for a celebratory burnout.

Those burnouts usually result in a ridiculous amount of smoke that’s usually white, but when Truex did his burnout, there was a strange greenish-yellow smoke that appeared from the car.


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Truex was obviously in a great mood after his win, but he did get serious for a moment when discussing the smoke coming from his car. He was asked if he had spoken to team owner Barney Visser — who couldn’t attend the championship race since he had bypass surgery two weeks ago followed a heart attack — and he told reporters he wasn’t too keen on the added smoke.

“I talked to (Visser) as soon as I got done filling my lungs with purple or yellow — whatever color paint that was — on the front straightaway smoke,” Truex said via For The Win. “Oh my god, I literally thought I was going to die getting out of the car. I couldn’t get my radio unhooked and my helmet hose, and I’m like choking to death. So right after that. It was awful. I thought I was in a forest fire.”

The smoke was pretty much the only thing that didn’t go Truex’s way on Sunday. He won his first career championship by holding off a late surge from Kyle Busch, and he capped off a dominant, eight-win season with the victory at Homestead.

Martin Truex Jr. thought he was going to choke to death after winning the championship Chris Graythen/Getty Images
Cole Frederick About the author:
Cole Frederick is from a small town in Alabama, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. He loves all sports - especially football and basketball - and quotes The Office frequently.
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