NASCAR Charlotte 2017 results: Austin Dillon wins Coca-Cola 600

"We made a little mistake in that last adjustment, and that cost us". Here at Charlotte, on Memorial Day - a special day for this country - to be able to enjoy what we do, I am just honored. "It's going to Victory Lane, hopefully, a few more times". And tonight we got it. "It is what it is".

The result was a strong turnaround from last week's result in the Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte where Junior came in 18th out of the 20 cars in the event.

Jimmie Johnson and Dillon were among a handful of drivers who stayed out. It was roughly 10 minutes after Austin Dillon scored the first victory of his career in NASCAR's premier series by stretching his final tank of fuel for 70 laps. Harvick dealt with a loose-fitting wheel much of the first 200 laps to fall a lap down, then slipped on some slick fluid laid down by Ty Dillon to fall back further. "The bottom was so slippery, I don't know what kind of race we would have had" without that sealer. I think had we not been so loose there, if the auto was like it had been the prior two runs, I think we may have got there with a lap or two to go. I lost quite a bit of time in traffic.

"A strong performance for the auto", Johnson said.

After Truex Jr.'s final stop for fuel, he set his sights on the lead and charged through the field on his way toward the front.

Third stage: Denny Hamlin won the third stage, even as Truex continued to dominate, leading 195 of the first 300 laps. Fellow Toyota drivers Truex and Erik Jones rounded out the top five in the running order.

But as laps leader Martin Truex and Dillon started gaining, Johnson started pressing. Matt Kenseth won this race a year ago. It was Truex's fifth Top 5 of the season and he takes command of the points lead by 4 points over Kyle Larson.

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Bad weather caused the lengthy stoppage on lap 143.

Alongside the nine cautions, the race was also disrupted by a long red flag period after 143 laps due to a heavy rain shower.

The win all but ensures that RCR will have two cars in the playoffs for the first time since 2015. He then finished fourth and second in Stages 2 and 3, respectively. Truex had taken the lead through a cycle of green-flag pit stops that began on lap 63.

But fuel-mileage, that's another thing. It hit him during a post-race interview on pit road. Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski wrecked out early after spinning in oil Jeffrey Earnhardt left on the track.

"I saw parts and pieces flying", Elliott said. I know Dale is up there smiling down because he would want this win. "I ran into the back of Chase". It was really solid, so I knew it was rough. Larson had only one finish outside of the top 25 this season until Sunday when he finished 33rd. After failing to get through pre-qualifying inspection, Larson was forced to start Sunday from the back of the field.

He apparently didn't realize until late in the race that his pass of Martin Truex Jr.

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