Bizarre incident halts NASCAR race in Charlotte, injures fans

CONCORD, NC - MAY 26:  A view of the aerial Fox Sports camera on the front stretch during a red flag in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina. The red flag was due to a rope that helps hold a aerial Fox Sports camera hanging above the 1.5-mile layout at Charlotte Motor Speedway snapped during the Coca-Cola 600.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CONCORD, NC – MAY 26: A view of the aerial Fox Sports camera on the front stretch during a red flag in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, 2013 in Concord, North Carolina. The red flag was due to a rope that helps hold a aerial Fox Sports camera hanging above the 1.5-mile layout at Charlotte Motor Speedway snapped during the Coca-Cola 600. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

A support cable used on a television camera over the Charlotte Motor Speedway came loose Sunday night during the Coca-Cola 600 damaging several racecars and halting the event for approximately 26 minutes.

The incident began on lap 123 of the 400 lap event when a nylon rope used to guide part of a remote camera called the ‘CamCat’ that slides along the front stretch came loose and fell onto the track. Leader Kyle Busch caught part of the nylon rope causing damage to his Toyota; behind him driver Marcos Ambrose also hit part of the rope. Other cars were also damaged and NASCAR immediately put the field under caution.

Soon the field was brought down pit road and the race red flagged. After 10 minutes NASCAR made the call to put the field under caution again and brought the field around for one lap before parking them yet again for another 16 minutes during which all teams were allowed to make whatever repairs they wanted to their cars. The field was restarted in the order they were running just prior to the caution flag for the rope.

During the second red flag track crews secured the camera and the device spent the rest of the race suspended over the infield. The speedway said ten fans were injured during the incident with the injuries coming from the turn 4 grandstand. The speedway said seven were treated on site for minor cuts and scrapes and three people were transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. MORE>>>

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