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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