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Coca-Cola 600 - Lowe's Motor Speedway

Kahne Loosens Johnson’s Stranglehold on LMS
In NASCAR's longest, most grueling race of the year, Jimmie Johnson had emerged as victor for the past three years in a row, but tonight at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Kasey Kahne snapped that winning streak at three. Kahne outran Johnson to the checkered flag to win the Coca-Cola 600, loosening Johnson’s stranglehold on the track that he deems his ‘house’. The Evernham Dodges of Kahne and teammate Scott Riggs, who started from the pole, were the dominant cars on a night where pit stops were numerous and pit strategy played a huge part as to who was at the front of the field. NASCAR had implemented smaller fuel cells for this race which meant pit stops galore, greatly magnifying what the pit crews, crew chiefs and drivers did on pit road. Riggs had led the race eight times for a total of 90 laps and was the leader as he made a pit stop with 40 laps remaining. Riggs stalled the car leaving his pit and his crew pushed him down pit road, however a couple crewmembers still had their equipment with them, which mandates a stop-and-go penalty, ending Riggs’ shot at his first win. Kahne was third after the round of pit stops, behind Johnson in second. Kahne made quick work of Johnson and leader Carl Edwards, leading the final 30 laps on his way to a 2.114-second victory. Kahne had led the most laps in the 600-mile race, pacing the field seven times for 158 of the 400 total laps. Kahne’s win was his first at Charlotte and third of the season, all coming on 1.5-mile, D-shaped ovals owned by Speedway Motorsports. He now ties Johnson for the most wins this season. Kahne now has four career trips to victory lane but tonight was his first win that he did not start from the pole position. Johnson, who had seven wins in the last ten races at LMS and was the winner of last week’s All-Star event, had to settle for the runner-up position. Edwards ended up in the third position, followed by teammates Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth in fourth and fifth place respectively.

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Second LMS Pole in Two Weeks for Riggs
Last week, Scott Riggs won the pole position for the NEXTEL Open at Lowe's Motor Speedway and on Thursday evening he captured the Bud Pole for the Coca-Cola 600. Riggs clocked in with a lap of 28.744 seconds, at an average speed of 187.865 mph, to win the pole for the season's longest race. This is Riggs’s second career Bud Pole in 82 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. This is his first pole, as well as his first top-10 start, of the 2006 season. Riggs’ other pole came at Martinsville last spring. Riggs becomes the eighth different Bud Pole winner this season. Riggs had to wait 21 drivers after posting his qualifying laps and the final one, his teammate Jeremy Mayfield, came close to knocking him off the pole but fell just short. Mayfield posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 28.832 seconds, at average speed of 187.292 mph, and will join Riggs on the all-Evernham Motorsports front row for Sunday’s 600-mile race. Lowe’s dominator Jimmie Johnson will start from the third spot in an attempt to win his fourth consecuitive Coca-Cola 600. Rookie J.J. Yeley qualified fourth in his career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup start at Charlotte, while veteran Bobby Labonte will start fifth in his 27th start at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.


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