In an extremely unusual turn of events, a television cable fell to the race track at the Coca-Cola 600, and has delayed the racing action. The race was on its 126th lap (out of 400) when the cable fell from its perch, and fortunately, no one was injured due to the accident.
NASCAR elected to bring all teams on to pit row, and as a result, each team was given a 15-minute time period to adjust their cars as desired. One interesting note after the race restarts will be an increase in race time “under the lights”. Before the race, it was presumed that approximately half of the race would take place under daylight, but with the delay, that number will likely end up shifting toward a majority of the race taking place in darkness with stadium lighting.
There was one car affected by the issue, as Kyle Busch (of the #18 Toyota) had some damage as a result of the cable, and Marcos Ambrose drove slightly over the cable on his 124th lap.
As the race resumes, all eyes will be on the FOX crew to re-establish control of their production, but the real focus will be on the race as things heat up under the guise of darkness.