NASCAR & Auto Racing

Fox Sports apologizes at drivers meeting in Dover

Fox apologizes:

Fox Sports coordinating director Artie Kempner addressed the pre-race drivers meeting to apologize for the camera rope that dropped during the Coca-Cola 600, damaging numerous cars and delaying the race.

Fox had strung three ropes the width of the track to suspend and guide an overhead camera. About 120 laps into the race the guide rope fell, damaging 19 Sprint Cup cars and causing minor injuries to fans in the Turn 4 grandstand. NASCAR determined the car damage severe enough that it took the rare step of stopping the race 15 minutes to allow crews to make repairs

"We became part of the show,’’ Kempner told the drivers. "We appreciate your patience with us (to) get the race back going.’’

Sunday’s race at Dover was Fox’s last this season. Television switches to TNT starting in Pocono and later to ESPN.

ESPN had planned to string an overhead camera at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Brickyard. Those plans are on hold, pending NASCAR’s approval. Fox is still investigating what went wrong at Charlotte Motor Speedway.