Truex Jr. wins Southern 500

Martin Truex Jr. wins at Darlington

Martin Truex Jr. wins at Darlington

Martin Truex Jr. has come home strongly to win the historic Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.

Truex led 28 of the 367 laps to score his second win of the season and fifth of his career.

Pole-starter Kevin Harvick was the dominant driver on the night to lead 214 laps and after a slow pit stop drove through from 12th to finish second.

After winning last week at Michigan, Kyle Larson led 45 laps to finish third ahead of Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano.

“Tonight we weren’t the best car for once and we actually won,” Truex said.

“We’ve been one of the fastest, if not the fastest, all summer long. Everywhere we’ve been.

“And we’ve had a lot of rotten luck. It was worth having all that luck if that’s what it takes to get a Southern 500 trophy.”

Truex’s victory also means Toyota has won the season’s biggest races so far in 2016 after Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500, Truex took the Coke 600 at Charlotte and Kyle Busch was victorious at Indianapolis.

The race celebrated NASCAR’s heritage with just about every car in the field running throwback paint schemes.

There was not too much care taken with the retro looks as numerous incidents on the ‘Track Too Tough To Tame.”

Amongst those to find the fence were Jimmie Johnson, Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney and AJ Allmendinger.

Tony Stewart also had an eventful night that ended with 50 laps to go after his engine let go.

The evening was not a good one for Jeff Gordon, who again subbed for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Hendrick Motorsports #88 Chevrolet.

Gordon was never in the hunt on a night where the Hendrick cars again finished with disappointing results.

Next weekend is the final regular-season race at Richmond International Raceway.

The 16-driver field for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs will be set after that race.

VIDEO: Race wrap

 

RESULTS: Bojangles Southern 500 – Darlington Raceway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 78 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 8 367 28 Running 44 4
2 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 1 367 214 Running 41 2
3 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 16 367 45 Running 39 1
4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 7 367 13 Running 38 1
5 22 Joey Logano Ford 5 367 0 Running 36 0
6 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 10 367 10 Running 36 1
7 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 18 367 0 Running 34 0
8 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 14 367 9 Running 34 1
9 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 2 367 47 Running 33 1
10 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 11 367 0 Running 31 0
11 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 6 367 1 Running 31 1
12 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 12 367 0 Running 29 0
13 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 20 367 0 Running 28 0
14 88 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 15 367 0 Running 27 0
15 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 13 367 0 Running 26 0
16 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 24 367 0 Running 25 0
17 34 Chris Buescher Ford 31 367 0 Running 24 0
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 22 367 0 Running 23 0
19 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 3 366 0 Running 22 0
20 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 33 366 0 Running 21 0
21 23 David Ragan Toyota 32 366 0 Running 20 0
22 15 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 27 365 0 Running 19 0
23 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 21 365 0 Running 18 0
24 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 25 365 0 Running 17 0
25 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 28 365 0 Running 16 0
26 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 35 364 0 Running 15 0
27 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 30 364 0 Running 14 0
28 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 37 362 0 Running 13 0
29 30 Josh Wise Chevrolet 40 361 0 Running 12 0
30 38 Landon Cassill Ford 29 361 0 Running 11 0
31 55 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 39 358 0 Running 10 0
32 43 Aric Almirola Ford 26 346 0 Accident 9 0
33 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 9 328 0 Running 8 0
34 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 4 326 0 Accident 7 0
35 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 17 317 0 Engine 6 0
36 16 Greg Biffle Ford 23 295 0 Accident 5 0
37 98 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 36 250 0 Electrical 4 0
38 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford 38 247 0 Accident 3 0
39 44 Brian Scott Ford 34 199 0 Accident 2 0
40 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 19 161 0 Engine 1 0

 

 

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kevin Harvick 840 Leader 25 2 12 20 2
2 Brad Keselowski 797 -43 25 4 11 16 0
3 Joey Logano 752 -88 25 1 10 17 3
4 Carl Edwards 746 -94 25 2 7 15 4
5 Denny Hamlin 729 -111 25 2 9 14 3
6 Kurt Busch 728 -112 25 1 6 16 2
7 Kyle Busch 727 -113 25 4 11 15 5
8 Martin Truex Jr 696 -144 25 2 4 11 1
9 Matt Kenseth 669 -171 25 2 4 11 3
10 Chase Elliott 659 -181 25 0 7 13 1
11 Jimmie Johnson 656 -184 25 2 7 10 4
12 Austin Dillon 651 -189 25 0 4 10 1
13 Jamie McMurray 642 -198 25 0 1 8 1
14 Ryan Newman 635 -205 25 0 1 8 2
15 Kyle Larson 621 -219 25 1 6 9 2
16 Kasey Kahne 598 -242 25 0 2 7 1
17 Ryan Blaney 573 -267 25 0 2 7 2
18 AJ Allmendinger 562 -278 25 0 2 5 3
19 Trevor Bayne 559 -281 25 0 2 5 1
20 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 551 -289 25 0 3 5 3
21 Paul Menard 479 -361 25 0 0 2 4
22 Greg Biffle 477 -363 25 0 1 3 6
23 Danica Patrick 467 -373 25 0 0 0 3
24 Dale Earnhardt Jr 461 -379 18 0 5 6 4
25 Aric Almirola 431 -409 25 0 0 0 5
26 Clint Bowyer 427 -413 25 0 0 3 2
27 Tony Stewart 426 -414 17 1 5 7 3
28 Casey Mears 410 -430 25 0 0 0 0
29 Landon Cassill 368 -472 25 0 0 0 1
30 Chris Buescher 358 -482 25 1 2 2 4
31 David Ragan 347 -493 25 0 0 0 4
32 Regan Smith 330 -510 25 0 1 2 4
33 Brian Scott 306 -534 25 0 0 0 4
34 Michael McDowell 302 -538 21 0 0 1 2
35 Matt DiBenedetto 258 -582 25 0 0 1 8
36 Cole Whitt 243 -597 22 0 0 0 5
37 Michael Annett 223 -617 24 0 0 0 3
38 Josh Wise 135 -705 21 0 0 0 5
39 Jeff Gordon 126 -714 5 0 0 0 0
40 Reed Sorenson 123 -717 17 0 0 0 4
41 Brian Vickers 86 -754 5 0 0 1 1
42 Jeffrey Earnhardt 80 -760 13 0 0 0 2
43 Bobby Labonte 51 -789 3 0 0 0 0
44 David Gilliland 46 -794 2 0 0 0 0
45 Michael Waltrip 42 -798 2 0 0 0 0
46 Boris Said 17 -823 1 0 0 0 0
47 Patrick Carpentier 11 -829 2 0 0 0 0
48 Eddie MacDonald 5 -835 1 0 0 0 0
49 Alex Kennedy 5 -835 1 0 0 0 1
50 Robert Richardson 3 -837 1 0 0 0 1
51 Ty Dillon 0 -840 8 0 0 0 0
52 Alex Bowman 0 -840 2 0 0 0 0
53 Jeb Burton 0 -840 2 0 0 0 0
54 Joey Gase 0 -840 3 0 0 0 0
55 Ryan Ellis 0 -840 3 0 0 0 0
56 Dylan Lupton 0 -840 1 0 0 0 0
57 Justin Allgaier 0 -840 1 0 0 0 1
58 Cody Ware 0 -840 0 0 0 0 0

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