Auto Racing: Harvick wins Coca-Cola 600

2013-05-27T00:00:00Z Auto Racing: Harvick wins Coca-Cola 600The Associated Press The Associated Press
May 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CONCORD, N.C. - Kevin Harvick pulled away from Kasey Kahne on a restart with 11 laps left to win the Coca-Cola 600 for the second time in three seasons, a race stopped nearly 30 minutes Sunday night when a TV camera support rope snapped.

Kahne led 156 laps and appeared to have the strongest machine in NASCAR's longest race. But Harvick took the low line following the last of 11 cautions and slowly pulled away.

Harvick won two years ago when Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran out of gas 700 feet from the finish line.

Kahne finished second, Kurt Busch third and polesitter Denny Hamlin was fourth in his second full race since returning from injury.

There were 10 people injured when the rope collapsed. Three were taken to hospitals with nonlife threatening injuries.

"To win at Charlotte it is something we had to overcome in the past," Harvick said. "We won it on gas mileage last time. This time we just went out and won it."

Harvick's win was almost as big a surprise as it was in 2011 when the crowd anticipated Earnhardt ending what was then a long, long victory drought.

Kahne had the strongest car, quickly moving back to the front each time he fell back.

Pit stop

Nico Rosberg kept his cool amid the chaos to win the crash-marred Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday and give Mercedes its first victory of the season. Rosberg won the race 20 years after his father won it.

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