Casey Mears Gambles to Victory

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) _ Casey Mears gambled on fuel and won
NASCAR's longest race, the Coca-Cola 600. Mears shunned a late fuel
stop and it paid off in his first career Nextel Cup victory in 156
races.
J.J. Yeley ran second, his best finish of his career. Kyle Petty
finished third for his first top five finish since 1997.

At Lowe's Motor Speedway=
Concord, N.C.=
Lap length: 1.5 miles=
(Start position in parentheses)=
1. (16) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 400 laps, 130.222 mph.,
$367,425.
2. (12) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 400, $264,733.
3. (36) Kyle Petty, Dodge, 400, $208,983.
4. (34) Reed Sorenson, Dodge, 400, $177,783.
5. (26) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 400, $148,525.
6. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 400, $179,661.
7. (7) Ricky Rudd, Ford, 400, $149,933.
8. (4) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 400, $168,058.
9. (6) Denny Hamlin, Chevrolet, 400, $136,550.
10. (21) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 400, $176,811.
11. (11) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 400, $128,463.
12. (5) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 400, $156,241.
13. (9) Bobby Labonte, Dodge, 399, $139,936.
14. (37) Tony Raines, Chevrolet, 399, $111,300.
15. (39) Carl Edwards, Ford, 399, $109,950.
16. (31) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 399, $125,195.
17. (10) David Stremme, Dodge, 397, $97,935.
18. (8) Dave Blaney, Toyota, 397, $116,583.
19. (28) Jamie McMurray, Ford, 395, $103,750.
20. (15) Scott Riggs, Dodge, 394, $104,525.
21. (27) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 394, $139,286.
22. (35) Robby Gordon, Ford, 393, $92,375.
23. (18) Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 390, $136,491.
24. (25) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 385, $127,566.
25. (24) Jeremy Mayfield, Toyota, 382, Engine, $87,375.
26. (33) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 377, $86,175.
27. (40) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 376, $85,650.
28. (20) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dodge, 369, $124,300.
29. (41) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 367, $96,000.
30. (17) Kyle Busch, Chevrolet, 357, $103,375.
31. (29) AJ Allmendinger, Toyota, 310, $84,725.
32. (2) Kurt Busch, Dodge, Accident, 296, $126,758.
33. (30) Sterling Marlin, Chevrolet, 293, $97,472.
34. (43) Kenny Wallace, Chevrolet, engine, 289, $84,350.
35. (19) David Gilliland, Ford, 265, $111,414.
36. (3) Elliott Sadler, Dodge, 261, $112,020.
37. (13) David Ragan, Ford, accident, 219, $120,025.
38. (22) Bill Elliott, Ford, accident, 218, $103,249.
39. (1) Ryan Newman, Dodge, engine, 172, $156,100.
40. (23) Dale Jarrett, Toyota, engine, 82, $83,515.
41. (32) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, accident, 61, $130,341.
42. (42) Jeff Green, Chevrolet, accident, 52, $91,325.
43. (38) Greg Biffle, Ford, accident, 45, $101,490.

Race Statistics=
Time of Race: 4 hours, 36 minutes, 27 seconds.
Margin of Victory: 9.561 seconds.
Caution Flags: 13 for 52 laps.
Lead Changes: 29 among 15 drivers.
Lap Leaders: R.Newman 1-10; Ku.Busch 11-112; B.Vickers 113-125;
Ky.Busch 126-129; J.Johnson 130; T.Stewart 131; J.Yeley 132;
C.Edwards 133; B.Elliott 134; B.Vickers 135-174; Ku.Busch 175-179;
B.Vickers 180-183; J.Johnson 184-204; B.Vickers 205-223; J.Johnson
224-226; M.Kenseth 227-243; J.Johnson 244-252; J.Mayfield 253-255;
M.Kenseth 256-267; J.Johnson 268-274; M.Kenseth 275-281; J.Johnson
282-291; R.Rudd 292; J.Johnson 293-296; M.Kenseth 297-310;
J.Johnson 311-338; T.Stewart 339-392; D.Earnhardt Jr. 393; D.Hamlin
394; C.Mears 395-400.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Ku.Busch, 2
times for 107 laps; J.Johnson, 8 times for 83 laps; B.Vickers, 4
times for 76 laps; T.Stewart, 2 times for 55 laps; M.Kenseth, 4
times for 50 laps; R.Newman, 1 time for 10 laps; C.Mears, 1 time
for 6 laps; Ky.Busch, 1 time for 4 laps; J.Mayfield, 1 time for 3
laps; B.Elliott, 1 time for 1 lap; D.Hamlin, 1 time for 1 lap;
J.Yeley, 1 time for 1 lap; D.Earnhardt Jr., 1 time for 1 lap;
R.Rudd, 1 time for 1 lap; C.Edwards, 1 time for 1 lap.
Point Standings: 1. J.Gordon, 1,921. 2. J.Johnson, 1,789. 3.
M.Kenseth, 1,714. 4. D.Hamlin, 1,682. 5. J.Burton, 1,577. 6.
T.Stewart, 1,530. 7. K.Harvick, 1,415. 8. C.Edwards, 1,414. 9.
Ku.Busch, 1,402. 10. C.Bowyer, 1,378.


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