By: Adam Niemeyer (FOX19Sports)
Cincinnati(FOX19)—FOX's Mike Joy said it best on this wild day of racing, "Have you ever?"
It's been 104 agonizing races for fans of Dale Earnhardt Jr., and NASCAR's most popular driver was leading with the checkered flag in sight. As he ducked his car into the banking of turn three and four at Charlotte Motor Speedway, his car lost power.
He was out of gas.
"We played our hand and that was what we were going to do. I tried to save a ton of gas," Earnhardt Jr. said. "I'm disappointed we didn't win."
Kevin Harvick, driving the No. 29 car for Richard Childress passed Earnhardt to take the win in NASCAR's longest race.
David Ragan came home in second, a career best finish for the driver from Unadilla, Ga. Joey Logano finished third, Kurt Busch, the defending Coke 600 winner finished fourth and A.J. Allmendinger finished fifth.
Earnhardt Jr. finished seventh.
With five to go it looked like the fuel mileage game was going to be a matchup up Greg Biffle's Ford versus Kasey Kahne's Toyota. However, five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson's engine gave up five laps from the finish, and brought out a caution, causing Biffle to pit.
Johnson's issue was the first engine problem for Hendrick Motorsports this season.
Earnhardt Jr., whose last win came at Michigan in 2008, added, "If we had won that race it would have been a gift."
Carl Edwards, the points leader, finished 16th.
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