No. 00 Lucky at Charlotte

Mike DiMauro@miked31784Senior Writer IMay 26, 2009

CONCORD, NC - MAY 25:  Team owner Michael Waltrip (L), driver of the #55 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota, and David Reutimann (C), driver of the #00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota, celebrate in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 on May 25, 2009 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Reutimann won the Coca-Cola 600 due to a rain out on lap 227.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)

If you go to Las Vegas or to Foxwoods and you go to the roulette wheel, there is a space there that has a green wedge with a white "00." It is rarely used or hit in a spin of the roulette wheel.

Same thing with NASCAR and it's "00," until today.

David Reutimann won his first career race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series and Michael Waltrip won his first race as the team owner at the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600.

The rain kept the race from being ran until Memorial Day because of the rain. Around 1 PM, there was a 57-minute red flag because of rain. At 3 PM, they stopped racing to observe the President's moment of silence on Memorial Day.

The final caution came out around lap 222 with Reutimann deep in the pack. As other drivers went to pit, thinking that the race would continue after another rain delay, Reutimann, along with Ryan Newman and Robby Gordon, stayed out and became the top three drivers.

The red flag flew until 6:30 PM, when the race was called official and David Reutimann got his first career victory and Michael Waltrip as owner.

Here's some facts for you:

This is the shortest Coca-Cola 600 ever ran with only 227 laps completed.

This was the first since 2003 that the race was called short because of rain.

David Reutimann is the sixth driver to win the race as his first career Sprint Cup victory. David Pearson (1961), Jeff Gordon (1994), Bobby Labonte (1995), Matt Kenseth (2000), and Casey Mears (2007), were the others.

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