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Johnson elated after hard-fought win

Updated: June 5, 2005, 6:52 PM ET
By Rupen Fofaria | Special to ESPN.com

Jimmie Johnson took the Coke and a smile Sunday night, winning his third straight Coca-Cola 600 with a late-race pass on Bobby Labonte – just over 10 laps after narrowly missing Joe Nemechek's spinning car.

Johnson won his fourth-career race at Lowe's, the same brand which adorns the hood of his car, but celebrated like it was his first.

"I can't believe we're here right now," Johnson said.

With 14 laps to go, it looked like Joe Nemechek's race to lose. And it was. The ...

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