Johnson Wins The 600, Wild Finish At Indy
Finally, Jimmie Johnson has a victory this season to break an 11-race winless drought, matching the longest of his career and it came in the season’s longest race. Johnson led a race-high 164 laps to win the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night for the fourth time. It’s his seventh career victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway and that moves him ahead of Bobby Allison for all-time victories at the track.
Johnson finished 1.2 seconds ahead of Kevin Harvick who had a fast car and could have won if it weren’t for a unscheduled pit stop to check on loose wheels.
Matt Kenseth came in third followed by Carl Edwards and All-Star race winner Jamie McMurray.
Kurt Busch’s attempt at an Indy 500/Coca-Cola 600 double ended early when the engine of his number 41Chevy blew up on lap 273 leaving car owner Tony Stewart as the only driver ever to complete all 1,100 miles on the same day. But Busch finished 6th at Indy, a great day for a driver considered to be a rookie in an Indy car.
Ryan Hunter-Reay held off Helio Castroneves by 0.060 seconds to became the first American driver to win the Indy 500 since 2006 in an incredible finish. Only the 1992 race when Al Unser, Junior beat Scott Goodyear had a closer finish. Castroneves was looking to become the fourth driver to win the Indy 500 four times. He was forced to settle for second place.
The Sprint Cup season continues next Sunday at Dover’s Monster Mile.