May 27, 2012 – Charlotte, NC
Kasey Kahne’s victory burnout at the Coca-Cola 600 was the finishing touch on a scorching day. He held off Denny Hamlin to record his first win since joining Hendrick Motorsports before the season, but his third career win of the 600-mile race, the longest in NASCAR.
Teammate Jimmie Johnson was in the race until he left the pit stall prematurely, dragging his gas man with him. NASCAR hit him with a stop-and-go penalty, taking him out of contention.
Greg Biffle led for 204 out of 400 laps but as day turned to night, Kahne’s car performed better.
Thankfully, there were no multi-car pileups.