Jimmie Johnson won Sunday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 is the longest event on the schedule. The win was the first of the season for Johnson who captured his sixth Championship a season ago.
The driver of the No. 48 Lowes Chevrolet SS crossed the start finish line ahead of Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth to claim the win in the Coca-Cola 600. Johnson led 165 of 400 laps around the 1.5-mile oval located in Concord, NC.
Jimmie Johnson began the Coca-Cola 600 on the pole. Kevin Harvick soon established himself as a contender. Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon would both race Johnson for the lead with 100 miles to go. Kurt Busch finished 40th in the race after dropping out of the event on lap 271 with a blown motor. He ran the full Indianapolis 500 earlier in the day finishing sixth. A few laps after Busch blew up, teammate Danica Patrick blew up on lap 286. Johnson made his last pit stop for four tires with 26 laps to go. Different pit strategies and a caution pushed Gordon to the lead but Matt Kenseth would get around him on the ensuing restart.It was not long before Johnson regained the lead and put it on cruise control for his 67th career win.