42 races after going to Victory Lane for the first time during a rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, David Reutimann has taken the checkered flag in the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
4-time and defending Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson stole the lead from pole-sitter Jamie McMurray on the first lap and stayed up front early on before having a series of issues that ruined his evening. McMurray took the lead back just before 100 laps were complete before losing it to Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon who made his 600th Cup Series start this evening.
Reutimann took the top spot from Gordon on lap 213 and never looked back despite a round of green flag pits stops with 30 laps remaining. By the end of the race he had over a 2-second lead on Carl Edwards who finished second.
"No rain tonight. We earned this one. No one gave it to us and that feels really good," Reutimann said in Victory Lane.
Points leader Kevin Harvick was plagued with mechanical issues that resulted in his crew changing out the fuel pump just around the 200-lap mark. He finished a disappointing 34th which knocked his series points lead down to only 103 points over Gordon who finished third in tonight's event.
Clint Bowyer and McMurray rounded out the top-5 in the unofficial finishing order with Kasey Kahne, Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart and Paul Menard completing the top-10.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will enjoy a weekend off next weekend before heading to Indianapolis for the Brickyard 400 on July 25th.
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