Kevin Harvick won the Coca-Cola 600 to cap off a long race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The race took almost five hours to complete and featured two red-flag periods. Harvick led only 28 laps but he was able to beat Kasey Kahne on a restart with 10 laps to go. It's Harvick's second win in the 600 in the last three races.
Kahne had the strongest car all race long and led 156 laps, but was beaten by Harvick on a late restart. The caution came out for debris on the frontstretch with about 15 laps to go and all the lead-lap cars behind Kahne pit for tires. With fresher tires Harvick was able to get by Kahne on the restart and held on for the win.
The only driver who led anywhere near the amount of laps that Kahne led was Matt Kenseth who led 112 laps. Kenseth got off sequence with the rest of the leaders around the lap 260 mark when miscommunication on the radio under caution resulted in him not pitting when everyone else did. He ended up mid-pack and got into the wall as a result of Jimmie Johnson almost spinning out in front of him in turn four. Kenseth swerved to avoid Johnson and put himself in the wall. He had to settle for a 15th place finish.
Kurt Busch also had one of the strongest cars all race long, but he had to battle his way back to third after changing the battery after the second red flag.
The first red-flag was a result of a freak accident when Fox's "Cat-Cam" cable camera snapped a cable. The cable fell onto the frontstretch and was snagged by Kyle Busch's car who was leading at the time. The cable ripped the right-front fender on Busch's car and did damage to many others like Marcos Ambrose who had his brake line severed. NASCAR put out the red-flag to fix the cable issue and let all teams who had damage from the cable fix their cars without any penalty. The cable also fell into the grandstands and 10 fans were injured. Seven of them were treated at the track, but three of them were sent to area hospitals.
The second red-flag was a result of a multi-car accident on the frontstretch on lap 328 when Mark Martin, Aric Almirola, and Jeff Gordon went three-wide. Martin got into the right-rear quarter panel of Almirola and turned him head-on into the wall and right in front of Gordon who had nowhere to go. Bobby Labonte and a few others were also involved.
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