During the break, Busch’s crew frantically worked to repair several problems to the right front wheel well. After completing repairs, the crew slapped high-fives as the car rolled back on the track.
Busch remained competitive and was running in the top five at the midpoint of the race. But his night ended in frustration when his engine blew up on lap 253. He said the engine problem was not related the rope damage. He thanked NASCAR for how it handled the unique stoppage.
“I commend NASCAR for taking the initiative and letting us repair our damaged cars from the issue we had,” Busch said.
Busch said he never saw the nylon rope.
Ambrose wound up ninth behind Harvick, the second top-10 finish of the year for the Richard Petty Motorsports team.
Kasey Kahne led 156 laps, most of the night, and was second to Harvick. He was as bewildered as everyone else with the TV cable across the track.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said. “I came around turn four, saw it wrapped around Kyle’s car, hit mine. I thought I was seeing things.”
The camera hung in place over the large painted logo on the grass between the start-finish line and pit road.
Fox broadcaster Chris Myers apologized during the telecast several times to fans, drivers and race teams for the disruption. The network’s statement offered “a sincere `thank you’ to the staff at CMS for attending to the injuries and keep us informed on this developing situation.”
Busch wasn’t sure anybody had seen that happen before and offered a solution: “Maybe now we can rid of that thing.”