Reutimann wins rain-shortnened Coca-Cola 600

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -- David Reutimann has won the rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600 for his first victory at NASCAR's top level.

Reutimann took the lead when he gambled and didn't pit with the leaders during a caution for rain on lap 222 of 400. His hope was that it would rain so long, racing would not resume.

After five laps as the leader run under caution, NASCAR called the cars to pit road. Reutimann nervously paced around his covered race car for the next 2 hours as NASCAR waited out the weather.

The rain never stopped, and the race was called a full day after its scheduled start.

The race was scheduled for Sunday but rain moved it to Memorial Day for the first time in its 50-year history.

It was the first win in 75 Cup starts for Reutimann.

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