Recap of Last Year’s Coca Cola 600

Carl Edwards managed his fuel mileage to perfection and stretched it all the way to Victory Lane, giving Joe Gibbs Racing a sweep of the track’s May events. Edwards’ win came eight days after teammate Denny Hamlin drove to victory in the Sprint All-Star Race. Edwards led the first two laps of the “Six Hundred” and the last twenty-one in notching his twenty-fourth career win and first at C-M-S. It snapped a thirty-one-race winless streak for Edwards, whose last victory had come in June 2014 at Sonoma, California. In winning at Charlotte, Edwards beat runner-up Greg Biffle to the checkered flag by four-point-seven seconds. Dale Earnhardt Junior finished third with pole sitter Matt Kenseth fourth. Martin Truex Junior led a race-high 131 laps but needed a late pit stop for fuel and finished fifth. Thirty-seven laps from the finish, it looked like Hamlin was on his way to sweeping both Charlotte races on his own. But a loose wheel forced him to pit and give up the lead to Truex, who then surrendered the lead himself with his late fuel stop … Defending Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick finished ninth, which was enough for him to maintain a commanding lead in the standings with the regular season nearing its halfway point. Harvick’s advantage over second-place Truex was forty-one points heading into the next race at Dover, Delaware … Team Penske’s Joey Logano came home in thirteenth place on the same day he celebrated his 25th birthday …Kurt Busch still owns the track qualifying record at Charlotte with a lap of 198.771 miles per hour in securing the Number-1 starting spot for the fall race in 2014 … Busch is the last driver to win both the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 in the same season, doubling up in 2010 … The race record for winning average speed belongs to Kasey Kahne, who covered the six hundred miles at a winning pace of 155.687 miles per hour in 2012


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