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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Southern 500 at Darlington – Race Results

Team Chevy crossed the finish line occupying the top three spots at the conclusion of the Bojangles Southern 500, the eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race to open the 2014 season.  After the first seven races the series had witnessed seven different faces in Victory Lane.  However, after 367-laps around the facility nicknamed the track ‘Too Tough to Tame’ Kevin Harvick drove his No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS to Winner’s Circle for the second time this season.  Harvick becomes the first driver to win from the pole at Darlington Raceway since Dale Jarrett achieved the feat in 1997. This is Harvick’s first victory at ‘The Lady in Black’ and 25th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win.  With two wins this season, Harvick is now guaranteed to be among the top 15 winners, earning a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

 

“It was just one of those deals where the strategy was going to be hard to overcome with the track position without those green-white-checkers there at the end,” said Harvick in Victory Lane.  “The cautions all lined out and this Budweiser Chevrolet was unbelievable all night. We were able to hang on there at the end and I knew I had that high line I hadn’t showed it to them all night on the restarts and I wanted to save it until the very end.  I kind of learned that last night as we were in the Nationwide race.  It was a good tool in your tool bag to have there at the end.”

 

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made a valiant effort to get his No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS back in Victory Lane.  The team made a gutsy call to take two tires and looked to possibly be on their way to another checkered flag.  However, he was unable to hold off Harvick’s advances and brought home a second-place finish, which is his career-best finish at Darlington Raceway.  His Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet SS, finished third, earning his fifth top 10 finish of the season.

POS Car # Driver Make
1 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
4 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota
5 16 Greg Biffle Ford
6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota
7 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
8 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet
9 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet
10 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet
11 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet
12 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota
13 99 Carl Edwards Ford
14 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford
15 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet
16 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet
17 2 Brad Keselowski Ford
18 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet
19 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota
20 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford
21 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet
22 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet
23 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet
24 43 Aric Almirola Ford
25 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet
26 55 Brian Vickers Toyota
27 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet
28 38 David Gilliland Ford
29 23 Alex Bowman Toyota
30 30 Parker Kligerman Toyota
31 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet
32 34 David Ragan Ford
33 32 Travis Kvapil Ford
34 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota
35 22 Joey Logano Ford
36 33 David Stremme Chevrolet
37 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet
38 26 Cole Whitt Toyota
39 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet
40 83 Ryan Truex Toyota
41 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet
42 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet
43 77 Dave Blaney Ford

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