The Coca-Cola 600 as it happened

CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 24: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, lead the field into turn one during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MAY 24:  Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, lead the field into turn one during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 24: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, lead the field into turn one during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 24, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)

Carl Edwards scored his 24th career NASCAR Sprint Cup series win Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Edwards didn’t have the fastest car, didn’t lead the most laps, but was able to stretch out his fuel to the end to score his first win at Joe Gibbs Racing, and his first at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Here’s how the longest race of the NASCAR season the Coca-Cola 600 played out Sunday.

Matt Kenseth led to the green from pole but Edwards came up from third and was side by side for the lead; Joey Logano was close behind.  By lap 3 Kenseth was able to move ahead and take sole possession of the lead as Edwards and Logano fell in behind, Denny Hamlin was fourth Kyle Larson fifth. By lap 12 Kenseth’s lead was 1.2 seconds. Martin Truex Jr. had slipped into fifth with Kevin Harvick close behind; Larson had fallen to seventh.  By lap 19 the lead was 2.8 seconds and Kenseth was continuing to pull away.

Kenseth had a lead of 3.5seconds on lap 26 when NASCAR put out a pre-announced competition caution. MORE>>>

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