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Coca-Cola 600 - Lowe's Motor Speedway

Three-in-a-Row at Lowe's for Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson is batting a cool 1.000, three-for-three in the 600-miler at LMS and keeps his streak alive after a dramatic last-lap pass to win the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, scoring his 16th NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 123rd career start. Johnson became the first driver to score three straight Coca-Cola 600 victories and it was his fourth victory and seventh finish better than seventh in eight races at Lowe’s, it is his second victory this season, winning at Las Vegas in March as well. Bobby Labonte had the led as the laps wound down but Johnson was not to be denied, as he steadily made his last effort for three in a row. Johnson passed Labonte on the very last lap and was able to win by 0.027 seconds. Johnson led just three times for 11 laps including the last lap lead change - the second time in 2005 that there has been a lead change on the final lap. Brian Vickers led the most laps on the day, pacing the field 5 times for a total of 98 laps. By scoring his third straight victory at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Johnson now matches himself with Fred Lorenzen,. as the only other driver to win three straight at LMS. The 22 caution periods in the 2005 Coca-Cola 600 is an all-time record in a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race, there were also 103 caution-flag laps. The 21 lap leaders in the 2005 Coca-Cola 600 is a record for this event. The most leaders in a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race is 26 at Talladega set July 1986 and April 2001. Bobby Labonte finished second in hopes of starting to turn his luck around and posted his 11th top-five finish in 25 races at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Labonte scored his first top-five finish since he finished third at Pocono in June 2004. He climbed from 31st to 24th in the point standings. Carl Edwards crossed the stripe in third, posting a top-five finish in his first race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, he scored his fifth top-10 finish in 12 races in 2005. Jeremy Mayfield finished fourth, while pole-sitter Ryan Newman rounded out the top five.

Coca-Cola 600 Notes
· Race Results
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· Dodge Saturday Quotes
· Ford Saturday Quotes
· Final Practice
· Rookie Happy-Hour Quotes
· Practice 2
· Ford Friday Quotes
· Starting lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Practice 1
· Qualifying Order
· Chevrolet Thursday Quotes
· Dodge Thursday Quotes
· Rookie Thursday Quotes
· Entry List
· Weekend Schedule
· Race Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Mike Skinner Notes
· Bill Elliott Notes
· Terry Labonte Notes
· Boris Said Notes
· John Andretti Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Rusty Wallace Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Mike Bliss Notes
· Ken Schrader Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes

The Rocketman Rockets to Pole and New Track Record
Ryan Newman rocekted his circuit-leading fourth pole of the season and 31st of his career in 128 starts. Newman, who broke the track record with a lap of 192.988 mph, has finished fifth and third in the past two races and moved from 15th to seventh in the series standings. Newman was able to let Mike Bliss’ track-qualifying record stand a whole six days, Bliss’ lap of 28.540 seconds, in 189.208 mph, was set in qualifying for the NEXTEL Open May 20, 2005. This is Newman’s fifth pole at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and his second straight at the 1.5-mile track. In nine starts at LMS, Newman has an average starting position of 2.11, and he’s never started further back than fourth. This is Newman’s 31st career Bud Pole in 128 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. Jeff Gordon posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 28.136 seconds, 191.925 mph – and will join Newman on the front row for the Coca-Cola 600. Gordon has started from a top-10 starting position in 18 of his 25 races at Lowe’s. Fifteen of those were top-fives, including seven Bud Poles. He won the Bud Pole for the Coca-Cola 600 five straight times between 1994 and 1998. This is his fourth top-10 start in 2005, all fourth or better. Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson will start the Coca-cola 600 from the second row.


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