March 27th, 2015
The season of checkers or wreckers continued for Kevin Harvick Saturday night at the Darlington Raceway. Unlike last weekend at Texas, it was victory for the Stewart-Haas Racing driver. He captured the Bojangles’ Southern 500 after starting on the pole for the event.
“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. 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,” explained Harvick in victory lane.
Harvick, who led 238, had to overcome a green/white/checkered finish to finish. He restarted third behind Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jimmie Johnson, Harvick pushed Earnhardt into the lead and himself into second. Kurt Busch was spun on the backstretch to bring out another green/white/checkered finish.
Starting on the outside this time, Harvick got behind Earnhardt on the backstretch then went past Earnhardt on the outside of turn four to get the white flag. He then cruised to the finish.
“Just didn’t have enough tires you know. (Kevin) Harvick had the best car and the best tires at the end. It was real hard to hold him off. I should have probably ran the top down there in (Turns) 3 and 4 and made him go around the bottom, but I think he was going to get us anyway and we were going to try. A great run, good job by my team, this isn’t one of my best tracks so my team gave me a great car. I’ve got to give them a lot of credit,” stated Earnhardt after the race.
Jeff Gordon maintains the lead in the driver standings by one point over Matt Kenseth. There’s some breathing room between them and third place Carl Edwards (-19), and then teammates Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (-26) and Jimmie Johnson (-27) are separated by a point for fourth and fifth.
The Sprint Cup Series takes next weekend off for Easter, then it’s off to the Richmond International Raceway for the Toyota Owners 400. Action begins at 7 PM EST and can be seen on FOX, Saturday April 26th.
|2||15||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr||National Guard||Chevrolet||374||$205,690||Running||5||43|
|3||26||48||Jimmie Johnson||Kobalt Tools/Lowe’s||Chevrolet||374||$215,101||Running||8||42|
|4||25||20||Matt Kenseth||The Home Depot/Husky Tools||Toyota||374||$183,401||Running||12||41|
|5||19||16||Greg Biffle||American Red Cross||Ford||374||$165,040||Running||5||40|
|7||9||24||Jeff Gordon||Drive To End Hunger/AARP||Chevrolet||374||$155,576||Running||8||38|
|9||23||14||Tony Stewart||Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops||Chevrolet||374||$136,873||Running||0||35|
|11||20||3||Austin Dillon||Dow Chemical||Chevrolet||374||$144,441||Running||0||33|
|12||16||15||Clint Bowyer||5-Hour Energy||Toyota||374||$134,271||Running||0||32|
|13||21||99||Carl Edwards||Ford EcoBoost||Ford||374||$113,905||Running||0||31|
|14||4||9||Marcos Ambrose||DeWalt Power Tools||Ford||374||$124,125||Running||0||30|
|17||5||2||Brad Keselowski||Miller Lite||Ford||374||$137,288||Running||4||28|
|19||10||11||Denny Hamlin||Sport Clips||Toyota||374||$101,905||Running||3||26|
|20||28||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||Nationwide Insurance||Ford||374||$130,280||Running||0||24|
|21||29||98||Josh Wise||Phil Parsons Racing||Chevrolet||374||$89,005||Running||0||23|
|23||24||51||Justin Allgaier||Sherwin Williams||Chevrolet||372||$113,563||Running||0||21|
|24||3||43||Aric Almirola||Fresh from Florida||Ford||372||$127,641||Running||0||20|
|25||35||40||Landon Cassill||Hillman Racing||Chevrolet||372||$87,305||Running||0||0|
|26||14||55||Brian Vickers||Aaron’s Dream Machine||Toyota||371||$121,480||Running||30||19|
|27||12||78||Martin Truex Jr||Furniture Row||Chevrolet||371||$116,613||Running||0||17|
|28||27||38||David Gilliland||A&W All American Food||Ford||370||$107,663||Running||0||16|
|29||34||23||Alex Bowman||Dr. Pepper||Toyota||369||$97,252||Running||0||15|
|30||38||30||Parker Kligerman||SMS Audio||Toyota||369||$89,005||Running||0||14|
|31||13||41||Kurt Busch||Haas Automation||Chevrolet||368||$84,305||Accident||0||13|
|33||41||32||Travis Kvapil||Keen Parts/ SK Tools||Ford||367||$83,905||Running||0||11|
|34||43||66||Joe Nemechek||Land Castle Title||Toyota||366||$91,705||Running||0||0|
|37||22||5||Kasey Kahne||Great Clips||Chevrolet||323||$102,480||Accident||23||8|
|38||42||26||Cole Whitt||Swan Energy||Toyota||301||$78,285||Running||0||6|
|39||40||36||Reed Sorenson||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||289||$74,285||Overheating||0||5|
|40||39||83||Ryan Truex||Borla Exhaust||Toyota||274||$70,285||Running||0||4|
|42||30||7||Michael Annett||Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J||Chevrolet||101||$62,285||Accident||0||2|
|43||36||77||Dave Blaney||Randy Humphrey Racing||Ford||65||$58,785||Brakes||0||1|