Coca-Cola 600 2012 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis

CONCORD, NC - MAY 27:  Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Quaker State Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 27, 2012 in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Nicholas GossCorrespondent IMay 27, 2012

UPDATE: Sunday, May 27th at 10:40 p.m. EDT

Greg Biffle's early lead was no match for Kasey Kahne's determination in the end at the Coca-Cola 600. Kahne came back to finish ahead of Denny Hamlin by 4.295 seconds at Charlotte Motor Speedway. With it, he secured the 13th win of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career in his 300th start, but his first as a member of Hendrick Motorsports.

The entire field burned up the track, though it was Kahne's finish, in particular, that blew away the NSCS record for the 600-mile event. Kahne completed his run in three hours, 51 minutes and 17 seconds—nearly five minutes faster than the mark of three hours, 56 minutes and 55 seconds that was set in 1995.

Biffle wound up in fourth, behind Kahne, Hamlin and Kyle Busch respectively, but ahead of Brad Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth capped off the top 10.

Jimmie Johnson had come in as the Coca-Cola 600 favorite, but finished 11th after leaving the pit with a gas can sticking out of his car with less than 50 laps to go.

At least he fared better than Danica Patrick, whose problematic breaks left her languishing in 30th at the end.


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