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Reutimann Wins Rain Shortened 50th Running of the Coca-Cola 600
He had to wait a day to do it, but David Reutimann grabbed the checkers for the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600 under a rain delay in front of NASCAR's hometown crowd at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The race, originally scheduled for Sunday, was postponed until Monday after rain wiped out on-track activities Sunday night.
Reutimann's crew chief, Rodney Childers made the call to stay out on the track instead of pitting for what turned out to be the last caution of the race. Ryan Newman and Robby Gordon also stayed out, enabling them to finish second and third respectively.
"I'm proud of the whole organization; everybody has done a great job. It was fun, but I felt like I was on pit road for a month. I wanted either the sun to come out and it quit or just pour and it just kind of stayed in between," Reutimann said in the Time Warner Media Center after the race.
There were six cautions in the race and two red flags for rain. The race was halted after lap 227, when NASCAR officials determined that conditions were too severe to continue.
This was Reutimann's first NASCAR Sprint Cup win in 75 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts.