CONCORD, N.C. (CBSDC/AP) — Danica Patrick couldn’t escape the craziness of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.
A nylon rope from an overhead camera system used by Fox Sports snapped and fell on the track, messed up a few cars, caused a red flag to be dropped and injured 10 fans — three of whom had to be transported to the hospital.
That was the type of night it was at Charlotte Motor Speedway. And the fact that such a crazy race was run under a full moon only added to the oddity.
And while Patrick wasn’t affected by the snapped cable, the GoDaddy.com driver was included four multi-car accidents that took out several notable drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon.
Patrick and Keselowski, the defending Sprint Cup series champion, saw their chances end on lap 319 when they collided on a restart. It appeared that Patrick’s boyfriend, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., forced her car up the track and she clipped Keselowski, who began his day in the Penske pits at the Indianapolis 500.
Keselowski took the blame for the wreck and apologized to Patrick, who finished 29th in her second Coca-Cola 600.
On the following restart, Mark Martin clipped Aric Almirola and set off a six-car wreck that caught up four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon and Stenhouse.
Kurt Busch, leading at the time, suddenly lost power and needed a wrecker to push him along into the pits to change the battery. He returned to the track in 15th.
And the problems weren’t over, either. Truex Jr. brushed series points leader Jimmie Johnson on the next restart to send the five-time champion skidding sideways and collected Matt Kenseth, who leads the series with three victories this year and led 112 laps at Charlotte.
Kevin Harvick would go on to win the race.
Patrick is currently 30th in points in NASCAR’s premiere series.
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