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Jimmie Johnson Wins Coca-Cola 600

Jimmie Johnson Wins Coca-Cola 600

Jerry Markland/Getty Images(CONCORD, N.C.) — Jimmie Johnson won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday, helping him qualify for NASCAR’s new postseason format.
After winning the pole on Thursday, the six-time Sprint Cup champion led 165 of the 400 laps en route to Victory Lane. It was the first win of the season for Johnson, marking his 13th straight season with a victory.
The defending Cup champion also picked up his fourth win in the 600, and a record seventh victory at Charlotte.
Johnson passed Matt Kenseth with nine laps to go and was never threatened on his way to the checkered flag. Kevin Harvick finished second after leading 100 laps while Kenseth took third. Carl Edwards and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top five. McMurray won the All-Star race in Charlotte last week.
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Danica Patrick Ready for Coca-Cola 600

Danica Patrick Ready for Coca-Cola 600

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) — Danica Patrick is hoping to have a special moment in time at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Patrick is coming off a career-best seventh-place finish at Kansas Speedway at the last Sprint Cup race and spoke with ABC Sports Radio on Thursday about this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600.
“Can’t say that I have a favorite moment for it,” Patrick said of the Coca-Cola 600. “I don’t think any of them would be my favorite because their the moments that I make that make it the best.”
“I’m going to try and make this one the most memorable one yet,” she added.
Patrick has struggled during her transition from IndyCar to NASCAR and has just one other top-10 finish — it came at last year’s Daytona 500, when she started from the pole and finished eighth.

“Take it race by race,” Patrick said. “Some are going to be great and some aren’t. We’re happy that the last one we came off of in Kansas was the best one yet. There’s lots for us to be confident from and lots to learn from.”
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McMurray Wins Sprint Cup All-Star Showdown

McMurray Wins Sprint Cup All-Star Showdown

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Jamie McMurray picked up a huge paycheck on Saturday, winning the $1 million Sprint Cup All-Star showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway. McMurray led a race-high 31 laps and edged out Carl Edwards on the final two laps following a restart.
It was the first All-Star victory for McMurray who had never led a lap in his prior seven appearances. His previous highest finish in the exhibition was eighth. A 40-1 underdog to win, the 37-year old was second for a restart with 10 laps remaining.
“As a kid, that is what you grew up wanting to do, is have a shootout like that and have a possibility to race for 10 laps,” McMurray said. “(Edwards) got a little bit of a jump on me on the restart and I was able to hang on to his quarter panel, and when we kept entering Turn 1 and 3, I was like, `It is for a million bucks. If we wreck, it’s not that big of a deal.’
McMurray passed Edwards with two laps remaining while Edwards fell back and finished fifth. Kevin Harvick took second while Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. rounded out the top five.
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Brad Keselowski Wins at Charlotte

Brad Keselowski Wins at Charlotte

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(CONCORD, N.C.) — Last year’s Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski snapped a 37-race winless streak on Saturday night with a win at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Keselowski, who failed to qualify for the Chase thi…

Kyle Busch Wins 7th Nationwide Race At Charlotte

Kyle Busch Wins 7th Nationwide Race At Charlotte

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CONCORD, N.C.) –  Kyle Busch loves racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch dominated the field in the History 300 on Saturday afternoon on his way to his sixth Nationwide Series victory of the season and record seven…

David Ragan’s Ready for NASCAR’s All-Star Weekend

David Ragan’s Ready for NASCAR’s All-Star Weekend

Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR(NEW YORK) — NASCAR driver David Ragan is in his second season racing full-time in the Sprint Cup series and is gearing up for this weekend’s All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“[It's] going to be a fun night, I know the …

Clint Bowyer wins at Charlotte

Clint Bowyer wins at Charlotte

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(CONCORD, N.C.) — Clint Bowyer bolstered himself right into title contention after his victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night in the race for the Sprint Cup championship.
Bowyer took home the checke…

Charlotte Motor Speedway Preview

Charlotte Motor Speedway Preview

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR(CONCORD, N.C.) — NASCAR heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway this Saturday night in the fifth stop for the race for the Sprint Cup championship. 
Kasey Kahne avoided the 25-car crash and found a way to win at Tal…

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Has Concussion, Will Miss Next Two Races

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Has Concussion, Will Miss Next Two Races

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR(CONCORD, N.C.) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will miss the next two Sprint Cup races due to a concussion. Earnhardt Jr. suffered a concussion after last weekend’s 25-car crash during the final lap at Talladega Super Speedwa…

Joey Logano Wins Nationwide Race at Dover

Joey Logano Wins Nationwide Race at Dover

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(DOVER, Del.) — Joey Logano led 184 of the 200 laps on Saturday to take home the checkered flag at Dover International Speedway.
“Timing is everything. It’s all about looking three laps in advance,” said Logano, who won for …

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