Austin Dillon won his 1st NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race the 58th Annual COCA-COLA 600

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Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 DOW Salutes Veterans Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina

From 22nd place Car 3 Austin Dillon DOW Salutes Veterans Chevrolet won the 58th Annual COCA-COLA 600, his first win in 133 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races. This is his 1st win & 2nd Top 10 finish in 2017. This is his 1st win & 2nd Top 10 finish in 7 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 2nd Place Car 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Red, White, & Blue Toyota, started from 2nd place posted his 16th Top 10 finish in 27 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 6th Top 10 finish in 2017. 3rd Place Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota, started from 8th place posted his 8th Top 10 finish in 24 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 DOW Salutes Veterans Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina

4th Place Car 20 Matt Kenseth Circle K Toyota, started from 4th place followed by 5th place Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota, started from 6thplace. 6th Place Car 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, started from 12th place. 7th Place Car 77 Erik Jones # 5-Hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota, started from 5th place was the highest finishing rookie. 8th Place Car 4
Kevin Harvick Mobil 1 Ford, started from pole followed by 9th place Car 31 Ryan Newman Grainger Chevrolet, started from 17th place. Lastly in the Top 10 was Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Patriotic Chevrolet, in 10th place, started from 19th place. Martin Truex Jr. leads the point standings by 5 points over Kyle Larson.

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MAY 28: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Mobil 1 Ford, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Red, White, & Blue Toyota, take the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina

The race had 9 Cautions for 53 Laps: 1st Caution on lap 21 for Car 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford, Car 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Chevrolet Crash on the Frontstretch / Competition. 2nd Caution on lap 102 for Stage 1 Conclusion. 3rd Caution on lap 143 for Car 32 Matt DiBenedetto Cosmo Motors Ford Incident Turn 1 [Red Flag 1:39:56]. 4th Caution on lap 176 for Car 10 Danica Patrick Code 3
Associates Ford Incident Turn 3. 5th Caution on lap 202 for Stage 2 Conclusion. 6th Caution on lap 247 for Fluid On The Track From Car 13 Ty Dillon # GEICO Military Chevrolet. 7th Caution on lap 293 for Car 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet Incident Turn 2. 8th Caution on lap 302 for Stage 3 Conclusion. 9th Caution on lap 330 for Car 10 Danica Patrick Code 3 Associates Ford Incident Turn 3.

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Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina

The race had 23 Lead Changes among 10 drivers. Lap Leaders: K. Harvick 1; Kyle Busch 2-23; K. Harvick 24-64; Kyle Busch 65-66; J. Johnson 67; D. Patrick 68-74; M. Truex Jr. 75-89; Kyle Busch 90-102; M. Truex Jr. 103; K. Harvick 104-106; M. Truex Jr. 107-176; P. Menard 177-178; M. Truex Jr. 179-248; J. Johnson 249-252; M. Truex Jr. 253-294; R. Stenhouse Jr. 295-296; D. Hamlin 297-306; Kyle Busch 307-329; M. Truex Jr. 330; Kyle Busch 331-333; M. Truex Jr. 334-367; Kurt Busch 368; J. Johnson 369-398; A. Dillon 399-400. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): M. Truex Jr. 7 times for 233 laps; Kyle Busch 5 times for 63 laps; K. Harvick 3 times for 45 laps; J. Johnson 3 times for 35 laps; D. Hamlin 1 time for 10 laps; D. Patrick 1 time for 7 laps; R. Stenhouse Jr. 1 time for 2 laps; P. Menard 1 time for 2 laps; A. Dillon 1 time for 2 laps; Kurt Busch 1 time for 1 lap.

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Cars pit during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina

Stages:
Stage #1 Top Ten: 18,78,4,48,20,42,21,14,41,1
Stage #2 Top Ten: 78,48,20,18,41,1,3,77,42,11
Stage #3 Top Ten: 11,18,20,78,77,41,4,19,88,3

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Cars are seen on the grid during a rain delay during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 28, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina

The team had great fuel strategy, after the race the team had to push the car to victory lane. Austin Dillon won the race with a Margin of Victory: 0.835 Seconds. A total of 10 drivers have posted their first career MENCS win at Charlotte: David Pearson (5/28/1961), Buddy Baker (10/15/1967), Charlie Glotzbach (10/20/1968), Jeff Gordon (5/29/1994), Bobby Labonte (5/28/1995), Matt Kenseth
(5/28/2000), Jamie McMurray (10/13/2002), Casey Mears (5/27/2007), David Reutimann (5/25/2009) and Austin Dillon (05/28/2017).

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race Number 12
Unofficial Race Results for the 58Th Annual Coca-Cola 600 – Sunday, May 28, 2017
Charlotte Motor Speedway – Concord, NC – 1.5 Mile Paved
Total Race Length – 400 Laps – 600 Miles

Finish Start Car Driver Team Laps Status
1. 22. Car 3 Austin Dillon DOW Salutes Veterans Chevrolet 400 Running
2. 2. Car 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Red, White, & Blue Toyota 400 Running
3. 8. Car 78 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Toyota 400 Running
4. 4. Car 20 Matt Kenseth Circle K Toyota 400 Running
5. 6. Car 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 400 Running
6. 12. Car 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford 400 Running
7. 5. Car 77 Erik Jones # 5-Hour ENERGY Extra Strength Toyota 400 Running
8. 1. Car 4 Kevin Harvick Mobil 1 Ford 400 Running
9. 17. Car 31 Ryan Newman Grainger Chevrolet 400 Running
10. 19. Car 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Patriotic Chevrolet 400 Running
11. 20. Car 19 Daniel Suarez # Subway Toyota 400 Running
12. 11. Car 1 Jamie McMurray GearWrench Chevrolet 400 Running
13. 16. Car 27 Paul Menard Knauf/Menards Chevrolet 400 Running
14. 9. Car 14 Clint Bowyer Haas Automation Ford 400 Running
15. 13. Car 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford 400 Running
16. 18. Car 6 Trevor Bayne Ford EcoBoost Ford 400 Running
17. 14. Car 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s Chevrolet 400 Running
18. 26. Car 47 AJ Allmendinger Harris Teeter Express Lane Chevrolet 399 Running
19. 21. Car 95 Michael McDowell WRL General Contractors Chevrolet 399 Running
20. 29. Car 37 Chris Buescher Kleenex/Cars 3 Chevrolet 399 Running
21. 23. Car 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 399 Running
22. 25. Car 43 Regan Smith(i) United States Air Force Ford 399 Running
23. 28. Car 38 David Ragan Jacob Companies Ford 397 Running
24. 7. Car 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 396 Running
25. 15. Car 10 Danica Patrick Code 3 Associates Ford 396 Running
26. 33. Car 7 * JJ Yeley(i) Accell Construction Inc./Hope For The Warriors 395 Running
27. 32. Car 23 Gray Gaulding # Bubba Burger Toyota 393 Running
28. 31. Car 34 Landon Cassill CSX Play It Safe Ford 393 Running
29. 36. Car 51 * Timmy Hill(i) CharliesSoap.com Chevrolet 384 Running
30. 35. Car 15 Reed Sorenson Low T Center Chevrolet 375 Running
31. 37. Car 55 * Derrike Cope Ckezepis Law PLLC Toyota 327 Running
32. 40. Car 83 * Corey LaJoie # Hope For The Warriors Toyota 315 Engine
33. 39. Car 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet 292 Accident
34. 34. Car 72 Cole Whitt RTIC Coolers Chevrolet 290 Engine
35. 24. Car 5 Kasey Kahne Liftmaster Chevrolet 244 Accident
36. 27. Car 13 Ty Dillon # GEICO Military Chevrolet 242 Rear End
37. 30. Car 32 Matt DiBenedetto Cosmo Motors Ford 139 Accident
38. 3. Car 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Chevrolet 19 Accident
39. 10. Car 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 19 Accident
40. 38. Car 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt Towne Bank Chevrolet 18 Rear End

Race Comments: Before the start of the event, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field under penalty for the reason indicated: Nos. 5 (rear gear changes) and 13 (unapproved tire change). Failed to Qualify: N/A.

Caution Flags: 9 for 53 laps. Lead Changes: 23 among 10 drivers.
American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Martin Truex Jr, #78. Ingersoll Rand Power Move: Austin Dillon, #3 10 positions. Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race : Toyota Racing Development (TRD), #18. Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Kyle Busch, #18. Moog Go the Extra Mile: Denny Hamlin, #11 0.070 sec. Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap: Matt Kenseth, #20. Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Erik Jones, #77.
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Next Race: Jun. 4, 2017 – Dover International Speedway

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