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It had been a long time since Jimmie Johnson laid claim to the Coca-Cola 600 championship â€” nine years in fact.
Starting from the pole of Saturday's 55th event, Johnson led a race-high 164 laps en rout to winning the annual Memorial Day weekend race, etching his first victory of the 2014 season.
Kevin Harvick, who was attempting to repeat as Coca-Cola 600 champion, finished in second, followed by Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Sprint All-Star Race winner Jamie McMurray rounded out the top five.
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