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Parks' Race Reactions: Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Dustin ParksAnalyst IJune 1, 2010

CONCORD, NC - MAY 30:  Kurt Busch, driver of the #2 Miller Lite/Vortex Dodge, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 30, 2010 in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images)
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When it comes to the Coca-Cola 600, under normal circumstances it's the last 100 miles that will determine the winner. That last adjustment when the lights come on will put the one driver out front for the long haul.

I say that because this Coca-Cola 600 was not exactly normal in that aspect. In the end, it wasn't the car that was good at night that ended up winning.

It was the car that was good in daylight, twilight, and under the lights that won.

So, here are my race reactions for Sunday's action.

I first have to give a lot of praise to Kyle Busch.

Yeah, that's rare for me to say, but he came back from a lot during the middle of the action. His pit road incident with Brad Keselowski really could have hurt his chances to get to the front.

But, that would have been the old Kyle. The one that was frustrated knowing he had a car that could win and now was junk.

Instead, we got the new Kyle, who trusted his crew in getting his No. 18 Toyota fixed so he could get back out and gain spots. He did more than gain a few spots, he blasted into the top-10, then to the top-five while ruffling a few feathers, mainly Jeff Burton.

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The No. 18 team would fix the car enough for Kyle to bring home a third-place finish, and one that he seemed to be fine with.

I think if this attitude keeps up, he may get a shot at the Sprint Cup title. As for his attitude and his aggressiveness, that's up for debate.

Next, you have to give a huge shout-out to Chip Ganassi and his entire team.

Ganassi was at Indianapolis where he saw his driver, Dario Franchitti, take his second Indy 500 win. Sources were saying because of that, and the celebration after, he wouldn't make the trip to Charlotte to see his NASCAR operation compete.

That wasn't the case, he flew in and went right to Jamie McMurray's pit box, still wearing his Indy 500 champion cap, and watched the final 200 laps.

What he got in return was a near clean sweep of the Memorial Day weekend events. McMurray put his No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevy at the front and put on an intense battle for the lead in the late going.

No team owner had completed the sweep of Indy and Charlotte in one day, but McMurray wanted to change that.

Unfortunately, time ran out on his quest, but he finished in second, which in my eyes was a very positive outing. Ganassi was smiling from ear to ear, and he had every right to be.

A great day and night indeed for the entire Ganassi organization.

But, on this night, it was another open-wheel owner gaining the NASCAR spotlight. Roger Penske would be the one going to victory lane as Kurt Busch completed the double as he won both the All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600.

It was the second time in three years such a feat has been accomplished.

But, the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge wasn't just good when it counted. From the beginning of the race, Kurt was on a charge out front.

The car he was running was brand new, but the setup in the car was the same from the week before.

Kurt said before the green flag that they would adjust as needed during the early portion and would still be good for the end of the race.

Sure enough, his words became a reality. The blue deuce was out front for over half of the 400 laps, and was absolutely unbeatable on restarts.

The only way this team was going to lose the race was if they beat themselves, and that simply did not happen.

It was a flawless night for Kurt and his team, and it shows that at the moment, they are untouchable on the 1.5-mile tracks.

On the most humbling of weekends, it was appropriate that the dominating car won the race. Whether that leads to another win next week is uncertain, but for now, Kurt is going to enjoy this one.

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