Johnson Wins Gruelling Race

Jimmie Johnson has won the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway for the third year in a row, in a race that saw the highest ever number of caution periods in a NASCAR race

Johnson Wins Gruelling Race

The Charlotte race lasted 5.5 hours and had 22 yellow caution periods - two more than NASCAR's all-time record, most recently experienced at Bristol in the summer of 2003.

In fact, the race today had only rarely seen more than 8 consecutive laps under green flag, and in total the caution periods lasted over two hours.

With eight laps to go, the race was red flagged and resumed under caution. On the restart, and with four laps to go, Johnson made a dash from fourth position, to pip leader Bobby labonte for the win on the run to the finish line on the last lap.

Johnson and Labonte were followed by Carl Edwards in third, Jeremy Mayfield in fourth, and Ryan Newman in fifth.

The win has taken Johnson into the top of the Nextel Cup standings, leading Greg Biffle by 71 points.

Result of the Coca-Cola 600 - Lowe's Motor Speedway:

Pos Driver Make Laps 1. Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 400 2. Bobby Labonte Chevrolet 400 3. Carl Edwards Ford 400 4. Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 400 5. Ryan Newman Dodge 400 6. Greg Biffle Ford 400 7. Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet 400 8. Dale Jarrett Ford 400 9. Ken Schrader Dodge 400 10. Rusty Wallace Dodge 400 11. Jeff Green Dodge 400 12. Kevin Lepage Dodge 400 13. Elliott Sadler Ford 400 14. Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 400 15. Mike Bliss Chevrolet 400 16. Mike Wallace Chevrolet 400 17. Kyle Petty Dodge 400 18. Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 400 19. Scott Riggs Chevrolet 400 20. Bill Elliott Dodge 400 21. Jamie McMurray Dodge 399 22. Jeff Burton Chevrolet 399 23. Scott Wimmer Dodge 399 24. Tony Stewart Chevrolet 398 25. Kyle Busch Chevrolet 398 26. Kasey Kahne Dodge 396 27. Robby Gordon Chevrolet 393 28. Mark Martin Ford 390 29. Dave Blaney Chevrolet 385 30. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 382 31. Brian Vickers Chevrolet 379 32. Travis Kvapil Dodge 376 33. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 373 34. Casey Mears Dodge 338 35. Ricky Rudd Ford 305 36. Michael Waltrip Chevrolet 245 37. Matt Kenseth Ford 245 38. Terry Labonte Chevrolet 245 39. Sterling Marlin Dodge 215 40. Johnny Sauter Dodge 137 41. Mike Skinner Dodge 99 42. Jimmy Spencer Dodge 98 43. Kurt Busch Ford 26 
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