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Johnson wins 600 third year in row

Jimmie Johnson slid past Bobby Labonte in the final turn last night to win the Coca-Cola 600 for the third consecutive year in Concord, N.C. This one was nowhere near as easy as his previous wins.

Unlike his past two dominating victories, Johnson had to come from fourth place to chase down Labonte after a restart with five laps to go. Labonte did his best to hold off Johnson, who needed just three laps around Lowe's Motor Speedway to pull onto the leader's bumper. Johnson got there on the final lap to grab his second victory of the season.

The race turned into a demolition derby with a series-record 22 cautions and numerous wrecks. Joe Nemechek crashed into the wall while leading with 10 laps to go; Dale Earnhardt Jr. wrecked teammate Michael Waltrip; Casey Mears wrecked teammate Sterling Marlin; and Brian Vickers ruined his shot at his first career victory when he caused an accident that collected teammate Jeff Gordon.

Formula One -- Fernando Alonso won the European Grand Prix in Nuerburgring, Germany, after Kimi Raikkonen lost a tire with a lap to go, the fourth victory this season for the F1 leader.

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