Governor Hogan waves the Green flag for the Coca-Cola 600

NASCAR then announced that next year's October race, the Bank of America 500, will incorporate the infield's road course (which they have dubbed the "Roval") to produce another unique type of racing. It's now a marathon with a bonus. A year ago, the Furniture Row Racing driver lead a NASCAR-record 392 laps of a possible 400. He has scuffled at the onset of the 2017 year, but earned the 255th top 10 finish of his career on Sunday night.

"It was breathtaking because it was so edgy to drive", Harvick said.

A huge part of that was due to lapped traffic, which battled Truex for positioning and forced him to work harder to catch back up to the leaders of Johnson then Dillon. Playoff points are added to the reset total for every driver in the playoffs for each of the first three rounds of the playoffs - so they certainly can make the difference in advancing into another playoff round.

Momentum seemed to be on Busch's side in the early going, as he collected 10 points toward his race total and one playoff point when he passed Truex Jr. with 10 laps remaining to win Stage 1.

Busch won the first 100-lap stages, while Truex and Harvick ran second and third, respectively. "But there are so many things you have to do right to win these races". With each stage at 150 miles, teams will have to pit once under green-flag conditions if there is no caution.

"We would have liked to have run a little bit better than that for sure". You couldn't stop and turn.

"Kyle Busch, the All-Star race victor Saturday at the track, will start alongside Harvick on the front row".

"The opportunity's there and presents itself and starting up front".

It had been a long time coming for the number made famous by the late Dale Earnhardt, who drove for Childress during six of his seven championships.

So, Austin Dillon ended up as the surprise victor on Sunday in NASCAR. At the end of the race, I really didn't know what it needed to make it better.

“We totally eighty-sixed all that stuff we ran last week and we put in Jimmies setup just like him, ” Earnhardt said. Harvick retook the lead by getting off pit road first during the first caution of the race on lap 20.

As the drivers who didn't pit started losing steam, Busch kept gaining ground. Sunday marked his first ever win in an IndyCar race on an oval and his second overall win in the series; the Japanese driver also won a race at Long Beach in 2013 for A.J. Foyt.

"I thought that was a great move on NASCAR's part because this is such a long race you deserve to have another stage in it to break it up, and if you're running up front all race, it kind of benefits you even more", Ryan Blaney, now 14th on the NASCAR playoff grid, said. "So we were about halfway down the hill walking back [to the camper] and it pours and we got soaked".

"Having my grandson just made it that much more special".

Truex won the second stage - his sixth stage win the season.

After Jeffrey Earnhardt experienced issues that led to oil and a part dumping on the track, Chase Elliott appeared to run over it and his vehicle caught fire.

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