I've seen a lot weird things in my career at NASCAR events but, none will top the strange happenings Sunday night in Charlotte.
With the race barely underway, the cable holding Fox's overhead camera came loose and swung down on the racetrack. The dangling bullwhip inflicted havoc as the cars sped by at race speed.
"I've never seen anything like it," said Kasey Kahne about the loose cable. "I came around turn four and saw it wrapped around Kyle's [Busch] car and then it hit mine. I thought I was seeing things. There's no way there could be a cable on the racetrack."
Kahne was the dominating car up to the final ten laps of Saturday night's event. However, an error in strategy on the final pit stop cost him the win.
"I feel like we were the best car," said Kahne about his night. "We need a little more at the very end and make sure we can win a couple of these."
Kahne was not the only driver that was shocked to see a cable on the race track. Kevin Harvick also had his close encounter with the hanging destruction ball.
"I got to the start/finish line and eased off the gas," explained Harvick on his seeing the cable. "There was that black streak hanging down."
Harvick avoided the cable but not before it reined havoc on his competitors. The most serious of which was Kyle Busch who lost his right front fender to the hanging obstacle.
Kyle's brother Kurt avoided the danger and put the pressure on Harvick for the win in the later stages of the event but came up short again for his Furniture Row team.
"To be up front and lead laps; that's what it's all about," said Kurt about his strong run. "We'll get these little hiccups polished up and continue plugging forward."
Despite the strange happenings, Harvick kept his focus and captured his second 600 win in the last three years.
"This was one of those nights where you got to grind away lap after lap," explained Harvick on how he kept his focus. "You just got to keep yourself on the lead lap and not make any mistakes."
With ten laps to go, Harvick was trailing race leader Kahne when the final caution came out. Kahne made the decision to stay on the track while the rest of the field pitted for fresh tires which proved to be a fatal mistake.
Harvick's nickname is The Closer and he knew that starting second on fresher tires was his opportunity to steal the win.
"It's never over until it's over," said Harvick on his winning strategy. "Obviously, the best car didn't put tires on and we were able to capitalize on that."
The victory was Harvick's second of the year putting him and his Richard Childress team in great position to make the post season. If they continue to grow stronger, the No. 29 team might just capture that championship that has eluded them over the last few years.
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