Concord, NC (Sports Network) - Kevin Harvick won Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 atCharlotte Motor Speedway after passing Kasey Kahne for the lead following arestart with 11 laps to go.
During the final caution, Kahne opted not to pit and remain the leader, whilethe other frontrunners, including second-place Harvick, came in for newtires. Harvick made a two-tire change and came out of the pits first. He ransecond to Kahne for the restart.
Harvick, who is in his final year with Richard Childress Racing before headingto Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2014 season, beat Kahne to the finish lineby 1.5 seconds for his 22nd career Sprint Cup Series victory, including hissecond 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, whileDenny 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, wasstopped two separate times for a total of 37 minutes in the early going aftera rope cable from an overhead Fox Sports television camera snapped and fell onthe track and grandstand area, injuring 10 spectators and damaging severalrace cars.
Speedway officials said the nylon rope from the camera dropped over thegrandstands in turn 4 during lap 121. Seven fans were treated for minor cutsand scrapes at the track's infield medical care center. Three of them had tobe transported to a nearby hospital for further observation. Officials saidthe 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 crashoccurred on the frontstretch on lap 326. Aric Almirola and Mark Martin madecontact, causing Almirola to bump into Jeff Gordon and put him into theoutside wall. Several other drivers were collected in the incident.