Waltrips Last Coca-Cola Race Not A Good One

CONCORD, N.C. -- Darrell Waltrip passed Richard Petty for the most career laps at Lowe's Motor Speedway a quarter of the way through the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night.

The only five-time winner of this event needed 101 laps to pass Petty's 10,031 laps at the 1.5-mile track.

Waltrip failed to qualify for Sunday's race, but was still able to gain entry into the event when Carl Long, an aspiring Winston Cup driver, agreed to give Waltrip the seat in his car.

Long then replaced Waltrip after a rain delay on lap 254 with the car in 40th place.

"I got what I wanted, I got to start my last 600 and he'll finish the race," said Waltrip, who is retiring after the season. "I wanted it to be memorable. I didn't know it was going to be quite like this."

Speeding Wallace: Rusty Wallace had to play catch-up all night after a pair of speeding penalties in the pits cost him early in the Coca-Cola 600.

Wallace was given a 15-second excessive speeding penalty on his first pit stop, then was handed a stop-and-go punishment for exiting the pits his next time in.

Wallace is fourth in Coca-Cola 600 earnings with more than $731,000.

Elliott Out: Bill Elliott had finished all 12 races this season, but he was the first car out of the Coca-Cola 600 with engine trouble.

Elliott headed to the garage about 120 laps into the 600-mile race.

"Something stripped the teeth off the oil pump belt and lost oil pressure and that's it," Elliott said. "The motor's gone and when you don't have any oil pressure it ain't going to live."

Elliott was also one of five drivers who had a shot at a $1 million bonus if he could have won the race.

"We had a good effort," said Elliott, who was in seventh place 100 laps into the race before his car trouble. "We ran pretty good there at first."

Anxious Andretti: Injured John Andretti had to wait 79 laps for the first caution to climb out of his Pontiac and be replaced by Tim Fedewa.

Andretti cracked a rib Saturday during practice, but started the Coca-Cola 600 so his car wouldn't begin at the back of the field.

"I'm a little bit smaller than Tim," Andretti said of the switch. "With the steering wheel position and everything else, it just made it a little bit harder."

Andretti started the race in 17th position, but fell to 36th and one lap down before being replaced by Fedewa.

"It's a big sigh of relief not to get involved in something," said Andretti, referring to a wreck. "Especially when you can't afford to get hit."

Andretti said he was able to move OK in the car, but felt pressure on his chest.

"I think the discomfort is just too fresh to get rid of," he said.

Color Schemes:Some drivers change color schemes to spice things up for night racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway. This time, five cars had a military theme to honor veterans during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Dale Jarrett's No. 88 car had an Air Force symbol on the hood.

"We think about it as the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600, but it's really about honoring our veterans and the people who have fought for our country," Jarrett said. "We wanted to show the support to them, that we haven't forgotten them."

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