Kasey Kahne needed to stretch his fuel mileage and get a great restart if he wanted to win the Brickyard 400. He accomplished one of those feats by getting to the checkers in sixth, but he failed to hold off a determined Jeff Gordon on a restart with 16 laps remaining.
After crossing under the checkers 10th at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, Ryan Newman has scored four top-10s in his last eight races of the season. He started the Coca-Cola 600 14th.
Joey Logano was caught speeding during a green flag pit stop sequence near lap 250 of the 400-lap distance of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He lost a lap, got back in touch with the leaders by pitting off sequence, and salvaged a ninth-place finish.
Rookie of the Year Chase Elliott overcame a pit road speeding penalty in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in route to an eighth-place finish. He was the top performing freshman for the 10th time this season and for the seventh straight race.
Matt Kenseth advanced 20 positions from his starting position in the Coca-Cola 600 to finish seventh at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday night.
Kurt Busch finished sixth in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to extend his top-10 streak on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks to 12 consecutive races.
Brad Keselowski earned his first top-five in his last five Charlotte Motor Speedway attempts when he crossed under the checkers of the Coca-Cola 600 fifth.
Denny Hamlin finished the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the fourth-position after starting the day on the outside of the second row—in fourth.
"I kind of felt like he was playing with us," Jimmie Johnson said of Martin Truex Jr. in post-race coverage after finishing the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in third. Johnson did not sound terribly upset, however, because this stopped a three-race skid of finishes outside the top 15 on the track.
Kevin Harvick had a top-10 car before night fell, but once the sun went down he really picked up the pace. Harvick drove past Jimmie Johnson in the final green flag run and thought he would catch Martin Truex Jr. He finished 2.573 seconds behind the winner, however, in second.
It has been quite some time since NASCAR has seen domination like the series witnessed in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600. He led at the 100-, 200-, 300-, 400-, 500-, and 600-mile mark. Truex led 392 laps and posted 106 fastest laps to make him the driver no fantasy player could win without.
After finishing second at New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2009, Parker Kligerman can finally check this track off of his list.