CONCORD, N.C. (AP) – Jimme Johnson slid past Bobby Labonte in the final turn to win the Coca-Cola 600 for the third consecutive year. This one was nowhere near as easy as his previous wins.

Unlike his past two dominating victories, Johnson had to come from fourth place to chase down Labonte after a restart with five laps to go. Labonte did his best to hold off Johnson, who needed just three laps around Lowe’s Motor Speedway to pull onto the leader’s bumper.

Johnson got there on the final lap and edged past coming out of the final turn to grab his second victory of the season.

Labonte, off to a horrid start this season, kicked his car in disgust as he climbed out of it.

Johnson, meanwhile, had a bottle thrown at his car during his victory lap and was slightly booed when he got out of it.

“Three 600s, that’s just amazing,” said Johnson.

Carl Edwards was third, followed by Jeremy Mayfield and pole-sitter Ryan Newman. Greg Biffle was sixth, Martin Truex Jr. was seventh and Dale Jarrett, Ken Schrader and Rusty Wallace rounded out the top 10.

AP-ES-05-29-05 2311EDT


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