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Stretching fuel raises some tempers

Was Casey Mears' Coca-Cola 600 victory lessened because he gambled and won with his fuel? The finish of the Nextel Cup series' longest race had some griping that winning a fuel-mileage race means you didn't run hard.

Updated: May 29, 2007, 6:08 PM ET
By Jenna Fryer | Associated Press

CONCORD, N.C. -- Kyle Petty looked at the placard on the podium and joked his name had been spelled wrong. It had been 10 years since Petty was last invited to a post-race news conference, and the drivers surrounding him weren't exactly regular attendees.

Also crashing the party was Casey Mears, who ended four-plus years of frustration with his first Nextel Cup victory, and J.J. Yeley, who put a firm grip on his seat with the highest finish of his career.

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