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NASCAR Coca-Cola 600: Kyle Busch Leads With 100 Laps Remaining

After an interesting week - to say the least - Kyle Busch leads the Coca-Cola 600 as the race reaches it's final quarter. With 100 laps remaining, his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota is out front ahead of Matt Kenseth's dominant Ford. The top-five is rounded out by Marcos Ambrose and Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Busch, of course, was cited for reckless driving Tuesday after he was clocked at 128 MPH in a 45 MPH zone while testing a Lexus prototype sports car. At 83 MPH over the limit, he faces a likely suspension of his driver's license, but NASCAR officials have already confirmed that losing his license would have no impact on his status as a racer. A driver's license is not required to compete in NASCAR's top divisions, only a NASCAR license.

One driver who could potentially pull a spoiler is Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who currently sits fifth in his Sprint Cup debut. His ride - the famous No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford - of course went to victory lane with Trevor Bayne in the Daytona 500. Stenhouse is substituting for Bayne, who has been sidelined since the end of April with a mystery illness.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.