Harvick wins a wild and lengthy Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

11:16 PM, May 26, 2013   |    comments
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Concord, NC (Sports Network) - Kevin Harvick won Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway after passing Kasey Kahne for the lead following a restart with 11 laps to go.

During the final caution, Kahne opted not to pit and remain the leader, while the other frontrunners, including second-place Harvick, came in for new tires. Harvick made a two-tire change and came out of the pits first. He ran second to Kahne for the restart.

Harvick, who is in his final year with Richard Childress Racing before heading to Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2014 season, beat Kahne to the finish line by 1.5 seconds for his 22nd career Sprint Cup Series victory, including his second in the 600-miler at Charlotte. His first win here came two years ago.

Kurt Busch overcame a battery issue earlier in the race to finish third, while Denny Hamlin, the pole sitter, and Joey Logano rounded out the top-five.

The Coca-Cola 600, which is the longest race of the season in NASCAR, was stopped two separate times for a total of 37 minutes in the early going after a rope cable from an overhead Fox Sports television camera snapped and fell on the track and grandstand area, injuring 10 spectators and damaging several race cars.

Speedway officials said the nylon rope from the camera dropped over the grandstands in turn 4 during lap 121. Seven fans were treated for minor cuts and scrapes at the track's infield medical care center. Three of them had to be transported to a nearby hospital for further observation. Officials said the rope was a guide for the television network's overhead camera system.

The race was red-flagged for the third time after a hard multi-car crash occurred on the frontstretch on lap 326. Aric Almirola and Mark Martin made contact, causing Almirola to bump into Jeff Gordon and put him into the outside wall. Several other drivers were collected in the incident.

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