Mears surprise winner for streaking Hendrick Motorsports

Casey Mears. J.J. Yeley. Kyle Petty. The top three finishers in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 were an unlikely cast of characters, writes David Newton.

Updated: May 28, 2007, 1:34 AM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CONCORD, N.C. -- Sixty-two laps into Sunday's Coca-Cola 600, the giant scoring tower in the middle of Lowe's Motor Speedway listed only 12 of a possible 43 cars.

Judging from the number of wrecked machines in the garage and drivers in the infield care center after three multicar crashes, it was realistic to believe there were only that many left on the track.

Then it got even stranger.

Brian Vickers, who made it into just six of the first 12 races, led 75 laps after ...

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