Kurt Busch completed the Charlotte sweep by backing up his victory in the Sprint Cup All Star Race with a win in the Coca Cola 600. The victory is his second victory of the season and his 22nd of his career.
Top 5: Kurt Busch, Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch, Mark Martin, and David Reutimann.
Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman, and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top 10.
Notables: Kevin Harvick (10th), Kasey Kahne (11th), Joey Logano (13th), AJ Allmendinger (14th), Tony Stewart (15th), Carl Edwards (16th), Denny Hamlin (18th), Dale Earnhardt Jr (22nd), Martin Truex Jr (23rd), Jeff Burton (25th), Greg Biddle (32nd), Jimmie Johnson (37th), and Juan Montoya (38th).
Early in the race, Jimmie Johnson got loose coming off turn 4 and made contact with the wall. He avoided a wreck, but he was able to continue. Denny Hamlin went into the grass to avoid hitting Johnson and damaged his splitter, effectively ending his chances to win the race. He finished 18th.
While under caution for Johnson’s spin, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski got together on pit road. Both suffered damage but Busch recovered to finish third. Busch was also hit with a speeding penalty.
Later in the race, Johnson’s night came to an end when he got sideways coming off the corner and hit the wall hard. He went to the garage and ended up finishing 37th.
Busch’s contact with Keselowski on pit road wasn’t the only problem for Busch during the race. On a late restart, Busch tried to move to the outside of Matt Kenseth to make the pass. In the process, Clint Bowyer got to the inside of Busch making it three-wide with Jeff Burton on the outside of Busch.
Busch and Burton got together, sending Busch high and cutting down his left rear tire. Burton had to pit turning a likely top 5 finish into a 25th place finish.
Kyle made it three-wide on the restart because the guys on the bottom didn’t have tires and he was trying to make something happen, which I don’t have a problem with. So he runs into me and cuts my left-rear tire, then I have a problem with it. He’s 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.
For his part, Busch said:
I have no idea what transpired there. … After the race, he was just real mad at me. He said I didn’t race him with enough respect, he’s not going to show me any. I said, “Look, man, last restart of the race. You have to go, make some bold moves. It wasn’t me that made it three-wide, it was your teammate [Clint Bowyer]. Have a chat with him.”