Kevin Harvick Wins Coca-Cola 600

Kevin Harvick celebrates his 2013 Coca-Cola 600 win with the tradition celebratory burnout
Kevin Harvick celebrates his 2013 Coca-Cola 600 win with the tradition celebratory burnout

This year’s Coca-Cola 600 saw many strange things from cars constantly wrecking to a cable snapping which stopped the race. When the dust cleared it was Kevin Harvick that won the Coca-Cola 600.

There were so many strange things that happened in this race that Fox’s television crew concluded that the culprit was a full moon that was out that night.

The incidents first started on lap 122 when a drive cable from Fox’s overhead camera snapped and fell on the race track. The first driver to run over the cable was race leader Kyle Busch who suffered significant damage to the right side of his car. Several other drivers sustained damage as well due to the cable.

The cable brought out the red flag as it was strewn all over the race track. It also prompted something very unusual in that NASCAR officials allowed drivers to fix their cars for 15 minutes.

That is very unusual as drivers typically are not allowed to touch or make any changes to their car when the red flag is out. However, NASCAR realized that it was an extraordinary event that affected many of the drivers. In addition to the drivers 10 fans were hurt from the cable and fortunately those were all minor.

From there it was mishaps galore.

Busch repaired his car and eventually got back near the top when his engine failed that ended his night. Then just seconds later Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s engine as well, which spilled some oil onto the track. Greg Biffle then slipped on the oil and crashed, which also took out Dave Blaney and Travis Kvapil.

From there Danica Patrick clipped defending Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keslowski and ended his night. Even though Keslowski took blame for the accident it looked like the real culprit was Ricky Stenhouse Jr. when his car forced Patrick’s car up the track a little.

Mark Martin then clipped Aric Almirola that set off an six-car accident that also took out Jeff Gordon and Stenhouse. If that wasn’t enough Sprint Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson spun out and caused a wreck as well.

From there it looked like Kasey Khane would take the race as he clearly had the strongest car on the night, but then a caution flag came out on lap 16. Khane’s crew chief Kenny Francis decided not to make any changes and kept Khane out on the tract. That proved costly as on the restart Harvick passed Khane for first place and eventually the checkered flag to win the Coca-Cola 600.

By Paul Kasprzak

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