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Carl Edwards' fourth in shortened Coca-Cola 600

Monday, May 25, 2009 | 8:26 p.m. CDT; updated 9:06 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 25, 2009
Carl Edwards, right, and Jimmie Johnson look out from pit road during a rain delay in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

CONCORD, N.C. — David Reutimann stared at the gray sky and silently prayed for one more heavy rain.

A gamble had put the journeyman driver in position for his first Sprint Cup Series victory, and so long as the clouds lingered over Lowe's Motor Speedway, it would come in the crown jewel Coca-Cola 600.

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Reutimann didn't like his chances.

"These things don't ever go our way," the 39-year-old thought. "I don't know why it should now."

For most of his nondescript career, Reutimann never got the lucky break.

It finally came Monday after 75 races, three rain delays, a moment of silence, a spat with Tony Stewart and a 2-hour wait.

NASCAR declared Reutimann the winner when an ominous weather forecast indicated it would be impossible to run the longest race of the season to its conclusion. The drivers had figured that out a day earlier, when the race was postponed and carried over to Memorial Day for the first time in its 50-year history.

Carl Edwards, who had changed into street clothes by the time the race was called, finished fourth. He's now 11th in the Sprint Cup standings.

On Saturday, Edwards finished 10th in the Nationwide Series Carquest Auto Parts 300.


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