After 389 laps in NASCAR's motorsports marathon, the 54th running of the Coca-Cola 600 Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway came down to an 11-lap shootout -- and Kevin Harvick won it.
Harvick pulled away during an 11-lap green-flag run to the finish to beat Kasey Kahne by 1.491 seconds. The victory was Harvick's second of the season, his second at Charlotte and the 21st of his career.
Kurt Busch ran third, followed by polesitter Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano. Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. and Marcos Ambrose completed the top ten.
On a night where the second half of the race produced non-stop action and plenty of contact, ten spectators were injured when a TV camera drive line broke, three of them seriously enough to warrant transportation to a local hospital.
The speedway announced after the race that all injured were treated and released.
The pivotal moment in the race was a decision by Harvick and crew chief Gil Martin to come to pit road for two new tires after NASCAR called a debris caution on Lap 384 of 400. Kahne stayed out. In fact, he was the only driver to do so, and Harvick lined up beside the driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet for a restart on Lap 390 with a distinct advantage.
"It was a good strategy call there," Harvick said. "The 5 stayed out, and we were able to have a little bit fresher tires and get in front of him on the restart ... This is one of those nights where you just know going in that you've got to grind away, lap after lap to keep yourself on the lead lap and not make any mistakes ...
"This is a long night. We've been here a lot of times and know that you just have to grind through mile after mile, keep your car running, don't get tore up, don't get a lap down, and you're going to be somewhere around at the end. Everybody did that on our Budweiser Chevy tonight, and there we were at the end."
For the third time this season on a 1.5-mile speedway, Kahne finished second with arguably the fastest car. Both he and crew chief Kenny Francis were surprised that Kahne was the only driver who stayed on the track during the final caution. Fresh rubber turned the tide in Harvick's favor.
"We had a great car from the drop of the green, drove to the front from sixth," said Kahne, who led a race-high 161 laps. "It was definitely our race to lose, especially those last 100 laps. We thought that some of the guys would stay out. I think there were three cars that had just pitted within the last couple laps, or five or six laps, and (we) just felt like they'd stay out, and that'd be a big enough buffer to someone who had two or four (new) tires, that we could get away.
"It didn't happen. Harvick started right beside me and had two, and he held it flat through (turns) one and two, and I had to lift a little bit. I got a little free getting in, so I had to back off the gas, and when I went back down, he was in front of me. So that was the end of our race, and I had to make sure I got second from there."
NASCAR's longest race took an extraordinary turn on Lap 122 when a guide cable to the "CamCat," the remote-control mobile camera that traverses the frontstretch, broke and fell across the track. Several cars sustained damage from running across the cable, most notably those of Ambrose and Kyle Busch, then the race leader.
A length of cable wrapped around Ambrose's rear housing and severed a brake line. Contact with the fallen cable sliced open the front right quarter panel of Busch's Toyota. NASCAR went off the pages of its own rule book under the exceptional circumstances and allowed all teams to repair their cars during a 15-minute break in the action.
The sanctioning body restored the running order before the cable broke, reinstating Ambrose, who lost four laps under repairs, to the lead lap for a restart on Lap 131. Busch's team worked feverishly to reconstruct the damaged quarter panel with black Bear Bond tape.
Two red-flag periods totaling 27 minutes -- the first for the broken cable, the second for repairs -- took the race from daylight to dusk. Kyle Busch held the top spot after the Lap 131 restart, with brother Kurt Busch charging from sixth to second on the first restart lap.
The Busch brothers paced the field until Kenseth grabbed the lead from his teammate during a cycle of green-flag pit stops that began on Lap 171. From that point, Kenseth dominated until simultaneous engine failures in Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Chevrolet and Kyle Busch's Toyota slowed the field on Lap 258.
Earnhardt's calamity was also bad news for Greg Biffle, Travis Kvapil and Dave Blaney, who spun in the oil pouring from the No. 88 Chevy SS and wrecked, sidelining all three drivers.
Kenseth was the only driver who remained on the track under the ensuing yellow, and he surrendered the lead to Kahne seven laps after a restart on Lap 267. The decision to stay out cost Kenseth, who lost track position after pitting early on Lap 301, three laps before a caution for debris in Turn one interrupted a cycle of green-flag pit stops.
Jeff Gordon also lost a lap when the caution trapped him on pit road, making him an innocent victim of three-wide racing after a spate of cautions to the race to a restart on Lap 325. Just past the star/finish line after the restart lap, contact between the cars of Mark Martin and Aric Almirola demolished those two machines as well as Gordon's.
NASCAR red-flagged the race after Lap 326, and that proved disastrous to Kurt Busch, whose Chevy lost power under the stoppage. Busch, who had wrested the lead from Kahne after a restart on Lap 319, surrendered the top spot to Harvick when his car wouldn't start.
After a push from a safety truck, however, Busch's car re-fired, and his crew changed the battery on pit road without losing a lap.
The fireworks were far from over. Jimmie Johnson's spin on Lap 333 battered the No. 48 Chevy of the five-time champion, as well as the cars of Kenseth, Juan Pablo Montoya and Paul Menard.
That left Kahne and Harvick to fight for the lead, which Kahne took decisively on Lap 341, clearing Harvick to the outside through Turns three and four. Kahne gave up the top with a green-flag pit stop on Lap 364, but regained it during the pit-stop cycle before a debris caution on Lap 384 set up 11-lap dash to the finish.
Complete Coca-Cola 600 Results
1. (15) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 400, $401,811.
2. (6) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 400, $286,615.
3. (2) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 400, $218,560.
4. (1) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 400, $220,915.
5. (31) Joey Logano, Ford, 400, $174,823.
6. (10) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 400, $174,198.
7. (25) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 400, $169,240.
8. (5) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 400, $161,323.
9. (17) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 400, $150,665.
10. (19) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 400, $144,079.
11. (13) Carl Edwards, Ford, 400, $150,105.
12. (27) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 400, $122,030.
13. (22) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 400, $142,271.
14. (30) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #, Ford, 398, $156,966.
15. (3) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 398, $154,971.
16. (29) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 397, $108,530.
17. (36) Regan Smith(i), Chevrolet, 397, $133,463.
18. (16) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 397, $133,319.
19. (9) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 396, $131,675.
20. (26) David Gilliland, Ford, 396, $121,263.
21. (38) David Reutimann, Toyota, 396, $117,038.
22. (12) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 395, $147,791.
23. (21) Casey Mears, Ford, 394, $120,788.
24. (34) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 394, $117,802.
25. (35) David Ragan, Ford, 394, $108,105.
26. (43) Josh Wise(i), Ford, 393, $98,355.
27. (40) Timmy Hill #, Ford, 391, $95,330.
28. (23) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, 390, $94,805.
29. (24) Danica Patrick #, Chevrolet, 385, $94,680.
30. (33) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, Accident, 339, $96,055.
31. (7) Greg Biffle, Ford, 335, $113,005.
32. (39) David Stremme, Toyota, 326, $94,280.
33. (18) Aric Almirola, Ford, Accident, 324, $131,066.
34. (4) Mark Martin, Toyota, Accident, 324, $104,505.
35. (14) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, Accident, 324, $140,791.
36. (20) Brad Keselowski, Ford, Accident, 317, $149,696.
37. (42) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 303, $93,523.
38. (8) Kyle Busch, Toyota, Engine, 257, $133,653.
39. (11) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, Engine, 256, $101,745.
40. (28) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, Accident, 253, $87,745.
41. (41) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, Electrical, 213, $75,745.
42. (32) Michael McDowell, Ford, Brakes, 50, $71,745.
43. (37) Scott Speed, Ford, Transmission, 39, $68,245.
NASCAR fan Patrick Carpenter, who was injured at the 2013 Coca-Cola 600 when a guide rope for an overhead TV camera snapped and fell into the stands, has sued Charlotte Motor Speedway and Fox Sports.
The Charlotte Observer reports that Carpenter, who sat in Turn 4 at the race, filed suit last week in Randolph County, North Carolina and is seeking more than $10,000 in damages.
He alleges that he suffered permanent impairment to his right arm because of the incident and that both Charlotte Motor Speedway and Fox Sports were negligent in inspecting the overhead camera rig. Neither the track nor Fox chose to comment on the suit.
The rope also fell onto the racing surface and caused significant damage to several cars as they ran over it, including those of Kyle Busch, Mark Martin, and Marcos Ambrose. The incident forced the race into a delay of almost half an hour, and 10 fans were treated for injuries.
While Fox’s own investigation into the incident was ongoing, NASCAR suspended the use of aerial camera systems for all of its media partners in July of 2013.
Today’s Observer quotes a Fox spokesman as saying that results of the investigation cannot be made public due to litigation.
NASCAR Coke 600 start time, lineup, TV schedule
- Drivers will take the green flag at 6%3A20 p.m. ET
- The 600-mile race is 400 laps around the 1.5-mile track
- Denny Hamlin will start on the pole alongside Kurt Busch
CONCORD, N.C. — It's NASCAR race day at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and we've got some essential information you need to get ready for the Coca-Cola 600.
START TIME: A U.S. Army sergeant and U.S. Navy captain will jointly give the command for drivers to fire their engines at 6:11 p.m. Eastern time tonight. After a few pace laps, drivers will take the green flag at 6:20 p.m. ET. So if you want to skip the pre-race show and just tune in for the race itself, flip on your TV at 6:20 p.m. ET.
RACE DISTANCE: As the name would indicate, the Coca-Cola 600 is 600 miles — NASCAR's longest race. That's a whopping 400 laps around the 1.5-mile Charlotte track.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: After an invocation from Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson, HLN morning show host Robin Meade will sing the national anthem — her second NASCAR anthem in three weeks (she also sang at Talladega). Meade is helping host a pizza party for 10,000 military members and their families prior to the race.
TV/RADIO SCHEDULE: FOX will broadcast tonight's race and has a pre-race show beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET. The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will call the race on the radio.
WEATHER: Amazing. Forecasters are calling for a delightfully mild day in Charlotte, with highs in the mid-70s and race-time temperatures in the low 60s. No rain is expected.
LAST TIME: Jimmie Johnson won last week's Sprint All-Star Race for the second consecutive season and fourth overall, using a fast pit stop to take the lead from Kurt Busch prior to the final restart. And one year ago, Kasey Kahne won the Coca-Cola 600 for his first win at Hendrick Motorsports.
STARTING LINEUP: Denny Hamlin was one of eight drivers to set a track record in qualifying on Thursday, and he'll start on the front row alongside Kurt Busch.
Here's the starting lineup for tonight's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway:
- Denny Hamlin
- Kurt Busch
- Matt Kenseth
- Mark Martin
- Clint Bowyer
- Kasey Kahne
- Greg Biffle
- Kyle Busch
- Jamie McMurray
- Ryan Newman
- Dale Earnhardt Jr.
- Jimmie Johnson
- Carl Edwards
- Jeff Gordon
- Kevin Harvick
- Juan Pablo Montoya
- Martin Truex Jr.
- Aric Almirola
- Marcos Ambrose
- Brad Keselowski
- Casey Mears
- Paul Menard
- JJ Yeley
- Danica Patrick
- Tony Stewart
- David Gilliland
- Jeff Burton
- Travis Kvapil
- Trevor Bayne
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
- Joey Logano
- Michael McDowell
- Dave Blaney
- Bobby Labonte
- David Ragan
- Regan Smith
- Scott Speed
- David Reutimann
- David Stremme
- Timmy Hill
- Joe Nemechek
- Landon Cassill
- Josh Wise
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Kevin Harvick wins wild Coca-Cola 600
- Race was red-flagged for about 30 minutes after Fox camera cable fell across track
- Ten fans were injured and three taken to hospitals
- Defending champion Kasey Kahne%2C who took IV fluids for flu-like symptoms before the race%2C was second
CONCORD, N.C. -- Kevin Harvick won a wild Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night, holding off defending race winner Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch in a 10-lap shootout.
The winner of NASCAR's longest race is almost a side note to how the 600-mile race unfolded.
It started when 10 fans were injured when a nylon rope from a Fox Sports cable camera fell over the Charlotte Motor Speedway grandstands, red-flagging the race.
Three fans were transported to two hospitals for further evaluation. CMS spokesman Scott Cooper said the three fans were treated and released. He said he was unable to disclose the nature of the fans' injuries due to privacy laws.
Seven other fans were treated for minor cuts and scrapes at an on-site medical center and released, according to CMS.
NASCAR halted the race for nearly 30 minutes as workers tried to remove pieces of the rope from the track — they left the camera in place, hanging above the track — and allowed teams to repair the damage for 15 minutes in their pit stalls (which is virtually unprecedented in points races).
RESULTS: Coca-Cola 600 finish
Debris and the rope -- which stretched from Turn 4 to Turn 1 -- were cleared.
Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition, told USA TODAY Sports that officials were "stunned like everyone else" when the camera's nylon rope suddenly fell.
"We did our best," he said of dealing with the situation. "It was important to stop the race and get it all cleaned up properly. We'll talk to the Fox guys and see what happened, and that's really all we know right now."
Pemberton said the "very unusual set of circumstances" was what prompted NASCAR to allow teams to stop in their pit stalls for 15 minutes and repair damage without losing their track position.
"We felt it was best to give the guys time to make the repairs," he said. "It wasn't their fault. You can't always do that, but this time, we thought it would be in the best interest of the competitors and the fans."
Matt Kenseth, whose car was not damaged during the rope fiasco, disagreed with NASCAR's decision.
"That was crazy," Kenseth said. "I remember seeing that camera for the first time at Vegas and talking to (Sprint Cup Series director John) Darby about it and I was like, 'I hope that thing never falls down.' He was like, 'Nah, it'll never fall.' So, yeah, that was kind of nuts."
But when NASCAR allowed teams to make repairs without losing track position – a free 15-minute pit stop, essentially – Kenseth told his team over the radio that he was upset with the decision.
"It's unprecedented," he said after the race. "If my car was damaged, I'd want it, too – but I just thought all the damaged cars should have went (to the back) and fixed the damage if that's what they wanted to do and they should have left everybody else alone.
"It just turned into a free-for-all. There were some crews with 15 people around the cars, and there was no way an official could have possibly seen what they were working on. So I just thought being a points race and being the 600, it should have been a little more controlled than that."
Kahne said the camera situation was "unbelievable."
"I've never seen anything like it," he said. "I thought I was seeing things: 'There's no way there could be a cable on the racetrack.'
"By the time we got to Turn 1, I saw Kyle (Busch)'s car, his fender – like it jerked down. I knew I wasn't seeing things. I was yelling at him going down the backstretch. We came back around and people were still hitting it."
Kahne said with as long as the rope had been hanging down, it was "very surprising" that a caution wasn't called sooner.
As track conditions changed as temperatures cooled, pit crews fought with setups but one car -- Kahne's No. 5 Chevrolet -- seemed fastest.
After a debris caution with 14 laps left, Harvick pitted for two tires. Kahne stayed out. On the restart, Harvick took the low line, Kahne stayed high and Harvick won the restart.
"Charlotte is something we had to overcome for a long time," said Harvick, who also won this race in 2011. "We had to win it on gas mileage before. We just went out and won it this time.
"You know, we had a good strategy call. The No. 5 stayed out. We had fresher tires and were able to beat him on the restart."
Kahne and crew chief Kenny Francis were surprised that more cars didn't stay out on the final caution. Instead, Harvick, running second at the time, led a trail of cars onto pit road.
"There's a couple of guys who just got tires so we thought some of them would stay out," Kahne said. "But they all came in. We were just in a tough spot. I thought we were in a really good position, had a great car, we just didn't get it done."
Harvick, in his last year with Richard Childress Racing before joining friend Tony Stewart at Stewart-Haas Racing, took his second points victory of the year. He also won at Richmond in April.
Pole-sitter Denny Hamlin, in his second full points race back after recovering from a broken back, was fourth. Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr. and Marcos Ambrose rounded out the top 10.
Said Kurt Busch: "I'm still shell-shocked. We picked up the lead then the battery went dead. But we battled back and got third. It was a great night to run up front but you have to be perfect to win here."
His younger brother Kyle was the race leader at the time the rope fell, and his car had some of the worst damage. The rope served as a guide for the "CamCat" overhead camera system, according to representatives of Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The right front side of Busch's bodywork was ripped away, Ambrose ran over a piece that severed a brake line and Mark Martin also sustained some damage.
Busch said he heard a big "THUNK" – but had no idea what happened.
"I thought the right-front tire blew out," Busch said. "That's how hard it felt and what it felt like. It did have an effect of slowing my car down and I could feel it like, 'Whoa.'
"That's weird and I don't know that anybody has ever seen that. Maybe now we can get rid of that thing."
Ambrose said it felt like "getting attacked by a giant squid." The rope actually wrapped around the rear end of his car and severed a brake line, which cost him valuable track position. He rallied to finish 10th.
"It was a nightmare, but we got through it," he said.
Of course, the break wasn't all bad. Some drivers grabbed a snack.
Joey Logano said it was "the weirdest thing I've ever seen" but added he was "kind of happy it happened because I needed to go to the restroom."
The race was red-flagged three times. The second occurred when Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. blew engines on the same lap, after a wreck that collected Travis Kvapil and Dave Blaney.
The third was for a multi-car wreck that collected Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin and Aric Almirola among others.
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2013 Coca-Cola 600
Auto race held at Charlotte, USA
Motor car race
The 2013 Coca-Cola 600, the 54th running of the race, was a NASCARSprint Cup Series stock car race held on May 26, 2013, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, United States. Contested over 400 laps on the 1.5–mile (2.4 km) oval, it was the twelfth race of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship. Kevin Harvick of Richard Childress Racing won the race, his second win in the Coca-Cola 600 and in the 2013 season. Kasey Kahne followed in the second while Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Joey Logano rounded out the top five.
There were 11 cautions for 61 laps and 24 lead changes between 12 different drivers throughout the course of the race. One of the most significant stoppages came from a fallen skycam cable that damaged several cars and injured spectators. The result moved Harvick to the seventh position in the Drivers' Championship, 83 points behind Jimmie Johnson in first and 15 ahead of Paul Menard in eighth. Chevrolet maintained its lead in the Manufacturers' Championship, five points ahead of Toyota and thirteen ahead of Ford, with 24 races remaining in the season.
Charlotte Motor Speedway is a four-turn quad-oval track that is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long. The track's turns are banked at twenty-four degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is five degrees. The back stretch, opposite of the front, also had a five degree banking. The racetrack has seats for 134,000 spectators.Kasey Kahne was the defending race winner after winning the event in the 2012 race.
Before the race, Jimmie Johnson was leading the Drivers' Championship with 423 points, while Carl Edwards stood in second with 379 points. Matt Kenseth followed in the third with 364, five ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in fourth, and fifteen ahead of Clint Bowyer in fifth. Kahne, with 326, was in sixth; tied with Brad Keselowski, who was scored seventh. Eighth-placed Kyle Busch was eight points ahead of Aric Almirola and ten ahead of Kevin Harvick in ninth and tenth. Paul Menard was eleventh with 315, while Jeff Gordon completed the first twelve positions with 311 points. In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 74 points, two points ahead of Toyota. Ford was third after recording only 56 points.
The Coca-Cola 600 was conceived by race car driver Curtis Turner, who built the Charlotte Motor Speedway. It was first held in 1960 in an attempt by NASCAR to stage a Memorial Day weekend race to compete with the open-wheel Indianapolis 500; the two races were held together on the same day starting from 1974. The race is the longest in terms of distance on the NASCAR calendar and is considered by several drivers to be one of the sport's most important races alongside the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400 and the Southern 500. The long distance makes it the most physically demanding event in NASCAR, and teams adapt to changing track conditions because the race occurs between late afternoon and evening. It was known as the World 600 until 1984 when The Coca-Cola Company purchased the naming rights to the race and renamed it the Coca-Cola World 600 in 1985. It has been called the Coca-Cola 600 every year since 1986 except for 2002 when the name changed to Coca-Cola Racing Family 600.
Practice and qualifying
Three practice sessions were held before the race. The first session, held on May 23, 2013, was 90 minutes long. The second and third, held on May 25, 2013, were 60 minutes long. During the first practice session, Kurt Busch was quickest with a time of 28.295, ahead of his brother Kyle and Kahne in second and third. Johnson followed in the fourth position, ahead of Almirola in fifth.
During qualifying, forty-four cars were entered, meaning only one car was bumped from the race because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure. Hamlin clinched his fourteenth career pole position, with a record-setting lap time of 27.604 seconds. After his qualifying run, Hamlin commented, "Proud to be back on the racetrack. We're really getting things going right now." He was joined on the front row of the grid by Darlington polesitter Kurt Busch. Kenseth qualified third, Mark Martin took fourth, and Kahne started fifth.Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman, and Earnhardt Jr. completed the first ten positions on the grid. The driver who failed to qualify for the race was Mike Bliss.
In the Saturday morning session, Kahne was quickest, ahead of Kurt and Kyle Busch in second and third. Earnhardt Jr. and Johnson followed in the fourth and fifth positions. Biffle, Hamlin, Kenseth, Menard, and McMurray rounded out the first ten positions. In the final practice session for the race, Kahne remained quickest with a time of 28.633 seconds. Kurt Busch followed in second, ahead of Hamlin and Kenseth in third and fourth. Biffle, who was sixth quickest in second practice, managed fifth.
As it was Memorial Day weekend, NASCAR's pre-race would pay tribute to American war veterans. After the invocation was delivered by Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson, Grand Marshal Sergeant Aaron Causey, with his wife and United Service Organizations' Alan Reyes delivered the command to start engines. Denny Hamlin started on pole but was quickly passed for the lead by Matt Kenseth. Kasey Kahne took the lead on lap 24 and continued to lead through a round of green flag pit stops and until the first caution came out for debris on lap 68. Kahne continued to lead through pit stops and on the restart on lap 74 until Kyle Busch passed him on lap 75. Kahne retook the lead on lap 78 and quickly pulled away. Kahne continued to lead until the second caution on lap 112 for debris after Casey Mears hit the wall. Busch was first off of pit road and led on the restart on lap 119. The third caution came out on lap 122 when a cable that suspended a FOX Sports television camera over the frontstretch of the track snapped and fell on the track. Several cars ran over the cable, but only two sustained major damage: Kyle Busch, whose car had caused it to snap in the first place, and Marcos Ambrose. The red flag then came out on lap 126 as track officials cleaned up the cables. After a delay of 10 minutes and 40 seconds, NASCAR brought the cars down pit road and gave each team 15 minutes to look over their cars and do repairs if needed. Ten spectators were injured as a result of the cable failure. Busch continued to lead on the restart on lap 131 and led until green flag pit stops. When he made a pit stop on lap 177, Brad Keselowski and Danica Patrick each led one lap before the lead cycled back to Kenseth with Busch in 2nd on lap 179. Kenseth led until lap 222, when he made another green flag pit stop. Kenseth cycled out with a lead of over six seconds and had lapped all but 15 cars when the caution came out for debris on lap 241. Kenseth continued to lead on the restart (after pit stops). Kyle Busch's car started to slow and on lap 257, both his and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s cars lost their engines. Earnhardt's car dropped oil on the track in turn three and Greg Biffle slipped in it, then hit the wall, along with Dave Blaney and Travis Kvapil. Another red flag waved as crews worked to clean up oil around the track. After everyone but Kenseth made pit stops, Kenseth led on the restart on lap 266
Nevertheless, Kenseth pulled away but was caught and passed by Kahne on lap 273. Kahne led until the sixth caution came out on lap 303 for debris in turn one. The caution trapped several drivers one lap down, most notably Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson (who got the free pass), and Jeff Gordon. Kahne led on the lap 309 restart, but the seventh caution quickly waved on lap 311 for debris once again. All the lead lap cars pitted, allowing Kenseth and Gordon to get back on the lead lap.
Kahne led at the lap 318 restart, as well as the lap 323 restart after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got into Patrick and shot her up in front of Keselowski (putting them both in the wall). Kurt Busch took the lead after Kahne had a bad restart. The ninth caution quickly came out on lap 325 when Aric Almirola made in three-wide on the frontstretch with Mark Martin and Jeff Gordon. Martin backed out and barely clipped Almirola, sending him head-on into the wall right in front of Gordon. Six cars sustained damage from the crash: Almirola, Martin, Gordon, Stenhouse, Bobby Labonte, and Casey Mears. Another red flag waved as cars were removed from the track. Busch's car battery went dead, and, while it was being replaced, Kevin Harvick took the lead.
The restart came on lap 330 with Harvick leading, but the tenth caution waved on lap 332 as Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. traded paint. Johnson got loose and spun out. Kenseth, who was behind Johnson, slowed down to avoid him, but was hit from behind by Juan Pablo Montoya and Tony Stewart who couldn't slow up in time. Both Johnson and Montoya would fall several laps behind after multiple repairs and/or flat tires. Kenseth remained on the lead lap, but would later fall a couple laps down. Harvick led on the restart on lap 339 but was passed ten laps later by Kahne, who then pulled away. Kahne made a pit stop on lap 364, giving the lead to Harvick, who then pitted on lap 367. Ryan Newman took the lead on lap 368, but pitted and handed to lead to Stewart. Stewart made a pit stop on lap 374 and gave the lead to Carl Edwards, who then pitted himself on lap 381. Paul Menard led one lap before pitting and giving the lead back to Kahne.
The eleventh and final caution waved on lap 385 for debris on the frontstretch. Everyone pitted except for raceleader Kahne, and on the restart on lap 389, Harvick got by Kahne. Harvick pulled away from Kahne and third-place Kurt Busch over the last ten laps to pick up his 21st career win and his second Coca-Cola 600 in three years. Kahne finished second despite suffering from influenza, Kurt Busch finished third, while Denny Hamlin, and Joey Logano rounded out the top five.
^1 Points include 3 Chase for the Sprint Cup points for winning, 1 point for leading a lap, and 1 point for most laps led.
Standings after the race
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NASCAR: Coke 600 Race Review
After the glitz of the All Star week it was back to good old racing for Championship points. The venue remained the same though but not wanting to be just another race in the schedule this race is the longest of the year with the teams having to go 600 miles to get into victory lane. With an average race length of over 4 hours it is a war of attrition that sets the toughest test of the year for cars and drivers alike.May 23, 2013; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin (11) celebrates after winning the pole and setting a track record of 195.624 mph during qualifying for the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
Thursday night’s qualifying once again proved a record breaker for the gen 6 car as yet another track record was broken this time by eight drivers. Evening qualifying usually favours the cars going out later due to the cooler air and this session proved no different. Going third from last proved the perfect time to set the fastest time and it was Denny Hamlin who was in that spot and set a blistering time of 27.604 seconds (195.624 mph) beating provisional pole sitter Kurt Busch into second place.
When the green flag comes out Hamlin has no problems pulling away from the rest of the pack as his team-mate Matt Kenseth gets around Kurt Busch for second. As the cars come onto the back straightaway the top five are already in single file. Hamlin’s lead doesn’t last long though as a few laps later Kenseth finds a way passed by diving to the inside of the track, and carrying more speed than the 11 car, is able to swoop back up in front of Hamlin. While Kenseth is able to start to establish a gap from the chasing pack they are pushing hard to close him down and chief amongst those chasers is now Kasey Kahne who after starting in sixth has worked his way up to second. The pace of the leaders means that after only twenty laps they have already started to catch the slower cars and as Kenseth starts to get held up by them it allows Kahne to be all over the 20’s rear bumper. While in the past few races Kahne has struggled to get by cars he appears to have no such issue now as he pulls the same move that Kenseth made on Hamlin earlier to take the lead.
The early stages of the race are just a case of staying in touch, keeping the car healthy and working through the changing track and air temperatures. The first round of green flag stops come and go but it is still the 5 car out in front and has now increased his lead from 2.5 seconds pre pit stop to just over 4 seconds. Behind him though Kyle Busch has been able to get by Kenseth for second and although the places two to five are covered by only a couple of seconds nobody can get close to Kahne who has now lapped nearly half the field as he gets by 23rd place runner Aric Almirola. But that’s as far through the filed as Kahne gets as on lap 65 debris is spotted and the first caution of the day comes out. With the leaders all coming to pit row Kahne is able to come out still in front from Kyle Busch and a great stop by Hamlin seems him move from sixth to third.
On the restart Kahne appears to get a good push from Hamlin but it isn’t enough for him to get clear of Kyle who sticks with him on the outside and a lap later the 18 is able to clear the 5 and take the lead. Kahne isn’t going to let Kyle get away and he sticks with the 18 for the next few laps harassing and trying to find a way by. On lap 80 Kahne gets a great run off turn two and is able to fly by the 18 to retake the lead. Kyle might just be taking it easy though as a couple of laps later he is also passed by team-mate Kenseth for second place.May 26, 2013; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne (5) during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
As the race passes the quarter distance the top five are, Kahne, Kenseth, Kyle Busch, Hamlin and Kurt Busch and the positions remain the same until on lap 114 the second caution comes out after Casey Mears blows out a tyre and slides up into the outside wall. A slow stop for Kahne, who has jack issues, sees him lose the lead to Kyle and will restart in third behind Kenseth. It is also a poor stop for Kurt who loses six places and will restart in tenth. But there are no issues for Kyle on the restart who easily leads going into turn one as Kenseth just doesn’t get going and is almost collected by Hamlin. Kahne is able to take advantage of the 20’s poor restart and takes second ahead of the 20 and 11 cars.
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