ABOUT A QUARTER of the way through NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night, something snapped. It wasn't Kurt Busch's temper or a fuel line under Jeff Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet.
It was Fox Sport's overhead TV camera cable, which split and landed on the track, causing damage to a few cars.
NASCAR said it will wait on Fox Sports' investigation before deciding if such technology will be used in future races.
NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp told the Associated Press yesterday that there were no plans to use the system at upcoming races "so we'll have ample time to review."
Fox's final NASCAR telecast this year comes Sunday at Dover International Speedway.
CMS said 10 people were injured when part of the rope landed in the grandstand; three were taken to hospitals, treated and released.
Winner Kevin Harvick thought he was imagining things when he noticed the black rope on the track. He escaped damage.
One of the most interesting scenes on the track, while the red flag was out for 30 minutes, was then-leader Kyle Busch taking photos with his cellphone of his damaged car and relaying the snapshots to his crew. Because drivers weren't allowed to return to their pits during the stoppage, Busch was at least able to show his crew what repairs needed to be made, giving them a head start looking for parts. NASCAR allowed everyone 15 minutes to make repairs once they returned to pit row.
Busch remained competitive after the restart and was running in the top five halfway through. But his engine blew up on Lap 253. It was not related to rope damage, he said. Busch wasn't sure anybody had seen that happen before and offered a solution: "Maybe now we can get rid of that thing."