Defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson passed Matt Kenseth with nine laps to go and won the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night for his first victory of the season.
Johnson was dominant at Charlotte (North Carolina) Motor Speedway, winning the pole Thursday and leading 165 of 400 laps in NASCAR's longest race.
Kevin Harvick was second, followed by Kenseth and Carl Edwards. Jamie McMurray, the All-Star race winner last weekend at the track, was fifth at the 1.5-mile oval.
Kurt Busch's attempt at motor sports history ended with 129 laps to go when he blew an engine. Busch finished sixth in the Indianapolis 500 but could not complete the 600.
Johnson broke a tie with Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison for Cup victories at the track with seven. It was Johnson's fourth triumph in the 600, each year the most grueling test for NASCAR drivers, and his 67th overall victory.
Johnson broke a 13-race winless streak that seemed more of a concern for others than for the six-time Cup champion. Still, he was happy to celebrate in Victory Lane once again.
"They know we are awake," Johnson said of the competition. "Hopefully, the 48 is heading that way and we can give other people something to think about."
Harvick had won two of the past three 600s and led 100 laps this time. He fell back in the latter stages as he dealt with car problems and could not get back to the front.
"We needed a 700-mile race to get back to where we needed to be," he said.
Much of the pre-race attention was centered on whether Busch or points leader Jeff Gordon would make it to the starting line, Busch because of his 850-mile trek from Indiana and Gordon because of back spasms that cropped up Thursday after qualifying.
But both were there when the green flag dropped, although Busch's arrival was far more dramatic with the helicopter circling the track and landing on the infield about an hour before the race began.
Busch was running 16th when smoke started pouring out of his Stewart-Haas Chevrolet and sent him behind the wall and to a 40th-place finish.
"Kind of a shame, kind of symbolizes how it's been for the Haas Automation team," Busch said. "We gave it our all with the way we were clawing our way up there."
Gordon has dealt with back problems before, and his No. 24 team had driver Regan Smith on standby if Gordon couldn't go. But if Gordon's back bothered him during the race, he didn't show it. He finished seventh, his ninth top-10 finish in 12 events this year.
Formula One: Nico Rosberg won the Monaco Grand Prix from the pole position to take the series points lead back from Lewis Hamilton.
It was a fifth straight 1-2 finish for Mercedes, which has swept all six races this season. But that's the only type of harmony in the team as tension is building between the teammates.
"It's a fierce battle between me and Nico and will continue that way," Hamilton said.
Rosberg claimed his second victory of the season and fifth of his career, repeating his maiden series win at the 2.08-mile Monaco circuit last year. He leads Hamilton 122-118 in the standings. No. 3 Fernando Alonso is 61 points behind Rosberg.
"It's a special win, definitely, because Lewis has had the momentum," said Rosberg, who finished 9.2 seconds ahead of his teammate in the 78-lap race.
NHRA: Courtney Force raced to the 100th victory by a female driver in series history in the Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.
Force outran Cruz Pedregon in the final elimination for her first Funny Car win of the season and fourth of her career. Force, the No. 1 qualifier, finished in 4.148 seconds at 306.46 mph in a Ford Mustang.
"There's just a lot of emotion right now," said Force, the youngest daughter of 16-time season champion John Force.
John Force was ousted by Bob Tasca III in Round 1.
Courtney Force is one of 14 female winners in series history, starting with Shirley Muldowney in 1976.
Other winners were Spencer Massey (Top Fuel) and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock). Force's sister Brittany was the No. 1 Top Fuel qualifier but lost to Massey in the semifinals.