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Charlotte Race Rewind

A look back at Kurt Busch's 22nd career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway including news, notes and observations by the MotorRacingNetwork.com staff.

Video Recap
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Inside Line
Kurt Busch became the seventh driver to sweep both the All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 after he captured his 22nd career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in NASCAR's longest race of the season. Photos

Keys to Victory Lane
Kurt Busch had the dominant car, leading 252 laps, but was able to take the lead for the final time on the last restart on lap 382 after the No. 2 team got him out of the pits ahead of Jamie McMurray. Complete Results

Zero to Hero
Jamie McMurray started 27th and quickly made his way through the field before coming up one position short of giving owner Chip Ganassi a sweep of the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in one day.

Hero to Zero
Six-time Charlotte winner Jimmie Johnson led 36 laps, but hit the wall on lap 166 and was able to recover. Johnson then slid again on lap 273 on the backstretch and made hard contact with the wall to severely damage his Lowe's Chevrolet and finish 37th.

What's the Points?
Kurt Busch made the biggest jump in the top 12 in the standings with his win. He now sits sixth in the points. Jimmie Johnson made the biggest drop of the top 12, losing three spots to sit seventh after the weekend. Outside of the top 12, Clint Bowyer moved up two spots to 13th and is now four points out of the top 12. Jamie McMurray also moved up two spots and is 15th in the standings, 26 points out of the top 12. With his 11th-place finish, Kevin Harvick retains the points lead for another week with a 29-point cushion on Kyle Busch. Point Standings

Hot Laps
Read all about the happenings at the Coca-Cola 600 with an inside look from Motor Racing Network's Pete Pistone in his weekly Hot Laps column.

Coca-Cola 600 Loop Data Leaders
• Average Running Position: Kurt Busch - 1.5
• Fastest Early In a Run: Kurt Busch - 174.825 mph
• Fastest Late In a Run: Jamie McMurray - 169.222 mph
• Fastest Laps Run: Kurt Busch - 77
• Fastest on Restarts: Kurt Busch - 174.418 mph
• Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: Dale Earnhardt Jr. - 188
• Laps In Top 15: Kurt Busch and David Reutimann - 399
• Quality Passes: Joey Logano - 100
• Speed in Traffic: Jeff Burton - 171.490 mph

For more loop data stats from the Coca-Cola 600 check out our post-race ebook.

Pit Stops
• Kurt Busch captured his 22nd career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in his 341st career start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
• Busch won the 63rd race for owner Roger Penske. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
• Busch was the 16th driver to win at Charlotte from the second starting position. He was the 355th driver overall to win a race from that position. Starting Position Facts
• Busch won the 15th race for Dodge at Charlotte and the 207th all-time for the manufacturer. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
• Jamie McMurray (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 16 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
• Kyle Busch (third) scored his sixth consecutive top-10 finish at Charlotte.
• Mark Martin (fourth) scored his first top-five finish since Talladega.
• David Reutimann (fifth) scored his second consecutive fifth-place finish this season.
• Jeff Gordon's sixth-place finish was his 20th top 10 in 35 starts at Charlotte.
• Clint Bowyer seventh-place finish was his first top 10 in a Coca-Cola 600.
• Paul Menard (eighth) posted his second top-10 finish of the season.
• Ryan Newman's ninth-place finish was his seventh top-10 finish in 19 starts.
• Matt Kenseth (10th) posted his third consecutive top-10 finish this season.
• The 400-lap race saw 33 lead changes among 17 drivers and an average speed of 144.966 mph.
• Eight caution flags were thrown for 34 laps.
• The Coca-Cola 600 lasted 4 hours, 08 minutes, 20 seconds.

Garage Talk
• "It's unbelievable with this team. To have a car to run that well last Saturday night on the short runs and to have a car today to make the long runs was awesome." - Kurt Busch
• "This being Memorial Day, I thought about the troops all day long. To all the men and women that serve and protect our freedom, thank you." - Kurt Busch
• "You can't win every time you have a fast car and the No. 2 bunch put themselves in position and they were able to win. But, I'm really happy with our finish." - Jamie McMurray
• "I just couldn't drive it. We got really loose in the corner and it just flat out got away from me. That pretty much did us in right there." - Greg Biffle
• "He (Jeff Burton) said I didn't race him very nicely. He said I ran into him and I don't know what I could have done to have made that work without touching." - Kyle Busch
• "He's (Kyle Busch) real aggressive. That's cool. But when he starts affecting me with his aggressiveness, I just will not put up with it. I've been around here long enough. I just will not tolerate it. " - Jeff Burton
• "We don't have anything that can possibly win against those guys right now, but we will keep working on it." - Matt Kenseth
• "Now things are starting to click and things are starting to gel, things aren't breaking and we're starting to finish races where we're supposed to." - David Reutimann

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