published Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Johnson ends drought at Coca-Cola 600

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    Driver Jimmie Johnson holds the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., on May 25, 2014.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

CONCORD, N.C. — Defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson passed Matt Kenseth with nine laps to go and won the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night for his first victory of the season.

Johnson was dominant at Charlotte Motor Speedway, winning the pole Thursday night and leading 165 of 400 laps in NASCAR's longest race. He won for the record seventh time at the track and 67th time overall.

Kevin Harvick was second, followed by Kenseth and Carl Edwards. Jamie McMurray, the All-Star race winner last weekend at the track, was fifth.

Kurt Busch's attempt at motorsports history ended with 129 laps to go when he blew an engine. Busch finished sixth in the Indianapolis 500, but could not complete the 600.

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