Kevin Harvick wins Coca Cola 600, full race results from Charlotte

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Kevin Harvick won the Coca-Cola 600 from Charlotte Motor Speedway. Annually run on the Sunday before Memorial Day the Coca-Cola 600 is the longest race on the NASCAR schedule. While Harvick winning may not have been a surprise, the events that lead up to it certainly were.

Denny Hamlin set a track record to sit on the pole. Hamlin would lead the opening lap of the race but soon gave way to teammate Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne.

A fiber rope from FOX’s overhead camera snapped during Sunday’s running of the Coca-Cola 600. The unusual event caused extensive damage to the No. 18 car of Kyle Busch who had been leading the race. Marcos Ambrose also ran over the rope and managed to wad it up underneath his car.

While under Ambrose’s car the rope severed a brake line. Other cars who received damage including Denny Hamlin and Mark Martin. NASCAR would red flag the race and give crews 15 minutes to make repairs. Ten fans were injured, three of which were taken offsite for further evaluation.

When racing resumed it was Kenseth’s turn to lead the field. On lap 256 Busch began to fade back and dropped out of the race shortly after with an engine failure. Dale Earnhardt Jr would begin smoking on lap 259 while Greg Biffle, Travis Kvapil and Dave Blaney all damaged their cars during the incident.

While the majority of the field pitted, Kenseth stayed out and was passed by Kahne on lap 274. With older tires and less gas Kenseth was forced to pit before everyone else which forced others onto pit road. A caution came out on lap 304 trapping Kenseth, Jeff Gordon and others a lap down. Many of those drivers would take the wave around to get back on the lead lap.

As Kurt Busch led on lap 327 Mark Martin made contact with Aric Almirola damaging both drivers car and the cars of Jeff Gordon and Bobby Labonte and brought out a red flag. Busch would be forced to pit road for a battery change and after the restart a lose Jimmie Johnson began to spin off turn four. Juan Pablo Montoya would tap Kenseth while the cars of Tony Stewart and Paul Menard also received damage.

Kahne would regain the lead on lap 340bit a caution with 14 to go for debris would spice up the finish. While Kahne stayed out Harvick and the rest of the field came down pit road. When the race restarted Harvick passed Kahne almost immediately and pulled away from the field.

Unofficial Results from the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte

POS DRIVER CAR MANUFACTURER LAPS LED
1 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 400 27
2 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet 400 156
3 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet 400 10
4 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 400 6
5 Joey Logano 22 Ford 400 0
6 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet 400 1
7 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet 400 6
8 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 400 0
9 Martin Truex Jr. 56 Toyota 400 0
10 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford 400 1
11 Carl Edwards 99 Ford 400 7
12 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 400 0
13 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet 400 1
14 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17 Ford 398 0
15 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota 398 112
16 Trevor Bayne 21 Ford 397 0
17 Regan Smith 51 Chevrolet 397 0
18 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet 397 0
19 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 396 2
20 David Gilliland 38 Ford 396 0
21 David Reutimann 83 Toyota 396 0
22 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 395 0
23 Casey Mears 13 Ford 394 0
24 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota 394 0
25 David Ragan 34 Ford 394 0
26 Josh Wise 35 Ford 393 0
27 Timmy Hill 32 Ford 391 0
28 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet 390 0
29 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet 385 0
30 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet 339 0
31 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 335 0
32 David Stremme 30 Toyota 326 0
33 Aric Almirola 43 Ford 324 0
34 Mark Martin 55 Toyota 324 0
35 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 324 0
36 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford 317 3
37 Landon Cassill 33 Chevrolet 303 0
38 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 257 68
39 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 Chevrolet 256 0
40 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota 253 0
41 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota 213 0
42 Michael McDowell 98 Ford 50 0
43 Scott Speed 95 Ford 39 0

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