Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) revealed that 10 fans were injured and the NASCAR race was delayed Sunday night at the Coca Cola 600. Three of the 10 fans were sent to the hospital, and it all started when a Fox Sports cable fell on the race track from above the crowd.
According to a statement released by the speedway, seven of the injured fans were treated with “minor cuts and scrapes” on site before being released. No additional information has been revealed about the three other fans who were taken to the hospital.
Fox Sports Chris Myers, who was broadcasting the race, immediately apologized to both the fans and drivers on air after the incident occurred. The race was just heating up when the TV cable fell to the track, as the drivers were on the 121st lap out of 400 in total.
The odd but yet saddening scene caused the race to be delayed for 27 minutes while the CMS staff cleaned up and pit crews fixed their driver’s cars. Kyle Busch was leading the race at the time of the incident, and he reported damage to his right front tire while Marcos Ambrose and Mark Martin also noted damages to their rides.
This is without a doubt a first in racing events with 10 injured at a NASCAR race, which had nothing to do with a high-speed wreck against the wall or any other scenario that’s played out over the years.
Kurt Busch’s crew frantically went to work in hopes of fixing his car so he could return and compete for the checkered flag. As the field stands at a little over 300 laps, Busch has managed to stay near the front while Kasey Kahne has also made a move.
Busch has never won at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and this would be one heck of way to get his first after Fox Sports had a cable go down. Though the drivers continue to do battle on the race track, the focus remains on the fans who were injured during the incident on lap 121.
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