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Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick lined up side by side for a restart with 11 laps to go Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway following a NASCAR Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600 that had been hampered repeatedly by caution periods in the closing laps.
Harvick jumped ahead of leader Kahne on the restart -- and held on for the victory.
Kahne had stayed out during the caution period that led to the restart, leaving him as the lone driver on the track racing with worn tires. Harvick immediately caught him, with Kurt Busch quickly to third and challenging for the win.
The race was marred by crashes and a trio of red-flag periods, extending the running almost to Memorial Day.
Hard crashes left Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, Aric Almirola and Mark Martin's car with heavy damage. Former race leader Kyle Busch's night ended with an engine failure.
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Kevin Harvick celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
14 lead changes. 11 cautions. 2 red flags. It was a crazy night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
In the end it was Kevin Harvick who won a wild Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night, holding...
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Kevin Harvick is one of many drivers that are forgoing their original colors and paint schemes this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Coca Cola 600.
Dale Jr. shows off Coca Cola 600 paint scheme
The race that happens the Sunday evening during Memorial Day Weekend, is an optimum time for drivers and teams to show their support for...
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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...
Kasey Kahne was a force on Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway -- until the final restart.
Kahne led 161 of 400 laps in the Coca-Cola 600 but his Hendrick Motorsports team's decision to not pit during the 11th and final caution cost him a shot at his second NASCAR Sprint Cup win in 2013.
"We thought a couple of guys would stay out and that would be enough to get away...
Kasey Kahne comes into today’s Coca-Cola 600, being run at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, with his confidence through the roof. Kahne is the defending champion of this race and is looking for his fourth Coca-Cola 600 victory. On top of that, he is in a much better place when it comes to points compared to a year ago.
“I feel like we have a really strong team. We’ve came a...
Kasey Kahne loses shot at victory in late-race pit scramble…
NASCAR's longest night got under way to a fast start Sunday night in the Coca-Cola 600, capping two weeks for teams and drivers at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The prior week's All-Star Race gave plenty of warning of which drivers and teams would be strong Sunday night, and those top runners started where they left off.
Strange and unusual events began plucking top competitors...
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Kevin Harvick may have won the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway but Jimmie Johnson continues to lead the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings. Johnson entered the race with a 44 point lead over Carl Edwards. He now holds a 32 point lead over Edwards.
The win moved Harvick up to seventh in the standings.
Unofficial Point Standings after Coca-Cola 600
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The longest race of the season had some of the most bizarre events unfold throughout the night. It started out with a cable falling from the sky (actually a camera) and then the full-moon implemented a series of accidents towards the end of the race. Once the smoke settled, Kevin Harvick was standing in victory lane for the second time in the Coca Cola 600. This...
Kasey Kahne led the way with a lap of 28.633 seconds in the final practice for the Coca-Cola 600 from Charlotte. Rounding out the top five was Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, and Greg Biffle.
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