NASCAR at Charlotte 2014: Winners and Losers from Coca-Cola 600

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NASCAR at Charlotte 2014: Winners and Losers from Coca-Cola 600
Gerry Broome/Associated Press

Six hundred miles in central North Carolina was painted red, white and blue in honor of Memorial Day. Forty-three drivers honored the country's military, past and present. Big winner.

Charlotte Motor Speedway was a chameleonic backdrop during the Coca-Cola 600. It started in the sun with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. The sun went down and cooled the track, cranking up the aggression.

Jeff Gordon, the current Sprint Cup points leader, nearly missed his first start in decades with back problems. He manned up and got his butt in the No. 24 car and had a car strong enough to win. Kurt Busch spent his early afternoon racing in the Indy 500, and Jimmie Johnson looked to win his seventh career race at Charlotte.

The early part of the race belonged to Johnson and Kevin Harvick, two drivers who love Charlotte as much as Bank of America. In the final stages, Johnson swiped the lead from Matt Kenseth and parked in Victory Lane for the first time in 2014.

Of course Johnson's a big winner, but he has company. Carry on to see the winners and losers from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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