Kevin Harvick Wins Coke Cola 600 – Longest NASCAR Race Ever – Crazy Finish

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Kevin Harvick won tonight’s Coke-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Also I know I heard it announced that it was the longest race in NASCAR history. I am assuming they are referring to the GREEN/WHITE/CHECKERED finish…402 laps. Has not happened in the Coke-Cola 600 before.

In the first Green/White/Checkered in the Coke-Cola 600 Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr brought the field to green. Not real sure where Kevin Harvick was on that restart, but he was a little farther back.

As they got the green flag Kasey Kahne ran out of gas. This caused a pile up behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jeff Burton went spinning, Brad Keselowski ended up ramming into the back of Kahne. Things got messy.

As they got messy, Dale Earnhardt Jr took off and it was very clear that he was going to finally win a race. But that wasn’t the case. As it was known that almost all the front runners were going to have fuel issues…..JR ran out of gas coming out of turn 4.

And as JR was sputtering along…..who comes out of no where? That black 29 known as “the closer”. And Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag in his #29 Chevy.

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*** David Ragan Finished 2nd. His best ever finish!

*** Ricky Stenhouse Jr finished 11th in his Sprint Cup debut! And it was a 600 miler!

POINTS STANDINGS
Carl Edwards maintains the points lead with a 16th place finish.

The biggest winner in the points has to be Kevin Harvick. He jumped up +3 positions in points to 2nd. He is -36 points behind Carl Edwards.

Another big jumper was Kurt Busch. He also gained +3 positions to 6th. With all the problems Kurt Busch SEEMS to be having this year, it seems kind of interesting that he would 6th in points.

A.J. Allmendinger also needs a shout. He too gained +3 positions to 13th.

And Joey Logano had a good run tonight finishing 3rd. He gained +5 positions to get himself into 23rd position in points. He is knocking on the door of being in the top 20 in order to be a possible wildcard for the Chase. He would still need a win but he is working on it. He is still -27 points out of 20th.

Probably the hardest hit in points was Ryan Newman. He finished 31st and 44 laps down after being collected in a wreck with Mark Martin and David Gilliland. He dropped -3 positions to 10th. This has him on the brink of falling out of the “locked in for the Chase” crowd. Remember 11th and 12th are wildcards. Also Newman doesn’t have a win yet to help him in the wildcard slot.

With that crash Mark Martin also fell -3 positions to 14th. Meaning he was in 11th before tonight’s race. So he was knocking on that locked in top 10.

May 29th, 2011 | Posted in NASCAR, Sprint Cup Series
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