Dillon, the grandson of Hall of Fame vehicle owner Richard Childress, was among several drivers who chose not to pit down the stretch.
With two laps to go, Johnson sputtered and settled into 17th place as Dillon - who also steered clear of a pit stop down the stretch - coasted the final two laps and become the seventh first-time Cup Series victor in Coca-Cola 600 history.
"It hadn't sunk in". The No. 3 ran out of gas while Dillon was trying to do a burnout on the frontstretch. "We're in the chase, baby". Cambridge's Matt Kenseth collected his first Cup victory at CMS in the 2000 race. "I ran out at the line and it gurgled all around just to do one little spin and push it back to Victory Lane". He inherited the lead after Kurt Busch pitted on Lap 369. He won only past year, losing in 2015 on fuel mileage also.
All the fuel in the world couldn't make a difference now. You know he got a straightaway out on us, but there that last 100 laps we were able to get back to him and pass him so you know that was promising for us there at the end in order to get a second-place finish, but man just so so disappointed.
A brief downpour of rain happened Sunday evening during the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Johnson limped home in 17th. Instead, his chances ended less than 25 laps into the race when he ran over pieces of Jeffrey Earnhardt's crumbling auto and could not gain traction as Brad Keselowski slammed into the rear of the No. 24 Chevrolet. The chain reaction occurred after metal debris from Jeffrey Earnhardt's vehicle flew into Elliott's auto causing his auto to catch fire.
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Those who want to keep the All-Star Race in Charlotte for 2019 and beyond likely would draw strong support from the racing community itself.
There are others whod like to see the sentimental favorite win this one.
Fan favourite Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished his career winless in the Coca-Cola 600, ending up 10th Sunday in his final Cup Series season.
"Somebody broke, and there was just oil everywhere, and I couldn't turn", Keselowski said. "Sometimes they just don't go your way".
After finishing second in last week's All-Star Race, Kyle Larson said he backed rotating the annual event among NASCAR tracks. Not even 30 yet, the German has already won four world driver championships, 45 grand prix wins and is in the third year of a four year contract with Ferrari that is worth $240 million. Hamlin had a fast pit stop on Lap 296, getting out ahead of Truex and Johnson to take the lead for the first time.
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