By: Kara Gilmour - Staff Writer
Published: May 30, 2021

Kevin Harvick Wins Coca-Cola 600 At Charlotte Motor Speedway

Coca-Cola 600 - Kevin Harvick won the Coca-Cola 600 as he zipped by Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday night. Earnhardt’s National Guard Chevy ran out of gas as he approached the final turn, to open things up for Harvick. David Ragan, Joey Logano and Kurt Busch rounded out the top 5.

Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Lowe’s Chevy went up in smoke with four laps to go, bringing out the 14th caution of the night. It set up the wild finish in which Earnhardt seemed poised to break a winless streak that stretched over 100 races.

It was a night of attrition in this, the longest race of the NASCAR season, with 14 caution flags and a flurry of drivers getting caught up in the bump and grind. Jamie McMurray was the first front-line driver to drop out, after his Chevy had an engine failure. McMurray lasted 181 laps.

“The car ran really well all night and it ran really well on the restart,” he said. “It wasn’t hot, the oil temp wasn’t hot. Something broke big in the motor. You can break valve springs and stuff and kind of baby it the remainder of the race. But, whatever broke just then was really big.”

Established in 2010 by Harvick and his wife, DeLana, the mission of the Kevin Harvick Foundation (KHF) is to support programs that enrich the lives of children throughout the U.S. The foundation works to not only improve the quality of life, but to help underprivileged youth find and realize their dreams by supporting programs such as the Kevin Harvick Athletic Scholarship Fund at California State University, Bakersfield, a camper cabin at Victory Junction, Baptist Children’s Homes of NC, Boys & Girls Clubs and Kevin’s Krew.

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