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Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 Winners Need Just 500 Feet to Win

The two big races of the weekend were won by drivers needing only the final 500 feet to capture the big prizes on the day. Rookie J.R. Hildebrand appeared to have the checkered flag in hand while leading the final four turns in the Indy 500, only to crash off the fourth turn, handing Dan Wheldon the big trophy (See more under Open Wheel News.). If that wasn’t enough of a crushing blow, after not winning a race in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition for more than 100 races, fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr led the final few laps of the big Coca-Cola 600, only to run out of the go-juice off the final turn at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, handing the unexpected win to Kevin Harvick. Two big surprises in one weekend….who’d a thunk it...

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