Martin Truex Jr. waited his entire life to receive a NASCAR championship ring, but that apparently didn’t matter to NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France.
After introducing Truex at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards ceremony, which was recently held in Las Vegas, France handed over the ring to Truex and walked off stage without shaking the champion’s hand.
As you can see, a GIF of this interaction has already gained traction on social media and it’s obvious that Truex was surprised by France’s rush to get off stage. However, Truex ultimately let it go as he delivered an emotional speech where he thanked his team, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and his girlfriend Sherry Pollex for all of their help and support over the years.
While Treux himself didn’t say anything on record about getting the cold shoulder from France, that didn’t stop numerous Twitter users from sharing their feelings about the awkward interaction between NASCAR’s newest champion and NASCAR’s polarizing CEO.
These are just a few of the Tweets coming from angry NASCAR fans.
It will be interesting to see if NASCAR issues any statement regarding the matter or if they’ll pretend it never happened. If you look up Truex’s “championship speech” on NASCAR’s official YouTube channel, then you’ll see that part has already been cut from their video.