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Coca-Cola 600 Update: Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch Lead At Halfway, Matt Kenseth Surging

Driving the same Ford Fusion he raced to victory at Texas Motor Speedway last month, Greg Biffle seems intent on a repeat performance. The Roush-Fenway Racing driver has been dominant throughout most of the first half of the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway as he seeks his first win at the historic 1.5-mile venue.

Kyle Busch, seeking his first Cup win at Charlotte despite several great performances there, runs second and has led 55 laps in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The top-five is completed by Kasey Kahne, Sprint All-Star Race champion Jimmie Johnson, and Matt Kenseth.

Kenseth scored the first victory of his Sprint Cup career in this race in 2000, becoming the first and to-date only rookie to win NASCAR's longest race. He has gone onto a career that has seen him win two Daytona 500s and a championship in 2003. The sly Wisconsinite's resume would already almost assure him of eventual enshrinement in NASCAR's Hall of Fame, and will only get better as he continues to write it.

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