Kenseth reigns supreme at Bojangles Southern 500 in Darlington

  • Monday, May 13, 2013

A young boy is in awe of the race cars during practice on Friday. His shirt reads: “If You're Not First, You're Last.” STAFF PHOTOS BY TYLER HEFFERNAN

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For each of the 367 laps of the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway this past Saturday, Matt Kenseth earned nearly $1,000. The 500-mile race brought in a first-place prize of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points and $309,666.

Kenseth began the race in seventh Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five finishers. After strong practices Friday afternoon on the track, Kurt Busch started the race in front but ended in 14th on Saturday.

It was the 11th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this season. Kenseth pulled in front of the pack during lap 355 and fended off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Hamlin for the remaining 12 laps.

The victory was Kenseth's first at Darlington. His average speed during the race was 141.383 mph. Johnson maintained his Sprint Cup Series lead.

To view a photo gallery of Friday's qualifying, click here.

Complete results

At Darlington Raceway, Darlington
Lap Length: 1.366 miles
(Start position in parentheses)

1. (7) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 367 laps, 125.6 rating, 47 points, $309,666.
2. (6) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 367, 105, 42, $211,465.
3. (8) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 367, 112.6, 42, $200,026.
4. (2) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 367, 121.7, 40, $178,876.
5. (10) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 367, 106.6, 39, $165,976.
6. (3) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 367, 137.7, 40, $169,323.
7. (17) Carl Edwards, Ford, 367, 89.6, 37, $142,065.
8. (12) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 367, 90.2, 36, $131,429.
9. (16) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 367, 99.3, 35, $115,265.
10. (21) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 367, 81.4, 34, $140,423.
11. (13) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 367, 96.5, 33, $137,188.
12. (5) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 367, 91.9, 32, $130,205.
13. (9) Greg Biffle, Ford, 367, 83.6, 31, $111,505.
14. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 367, 102.7, 31, $122,975.
15. (20) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 367, 86.8, 29, $139,855.
16. (25) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 367, 72.7, 28, $121,375.
17. (4) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 367, 105.5, 27, $108,230.
18. (14) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 366, 69.7, 26, $139,741.
19. (15) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 366, 76, 25, $122,871.
20. (18) Aric Almirola, Ford, 366, 64.3, 24, $130,141.
21. (11) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 365, 73.6, 23, $99,205.
22. (30) Joey Logano, Ford, 365, 70.1, 22, $118,388.
23. (28) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 364, 63.9, 21, $115,863.
24. (27) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 363, 62.7, 0, $113,063.
25. (22) Mark Martin, Toyota, 363, 55.2, 19, $96,755.
26. (23) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 363, 47.6, 18, $109,588.
27. (37) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 362, 52.4, 17, $98,388.
28. (40) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 362, 43.4, 16, $82,980.
29. (29) David Gilliland, Ford, 362, 45.6, 15, $95,327.
30. (32) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 360, 40.7, 14, $87,105.
31. (43) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 359, 36.5, 0, $82,330.
32. (26) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 358, 69.6, 12, $135,596.
33. (41) Timmy Hill, Ford, 358, 34.1, 11, $84,480.
34. (24) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 358, 43, 10, $109,069.
35. (42) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, 354, 31.4, 9, $81,605.
36. (33) David Reutimann, Toyota, accident, 327, 51.1, 8, $81,480.
37. (19) Casey Mears, Ford, accident, 327, 53.2, 7, $89,289.
38. (34) Josh Wise, Ford, accident, 326, 40, 0, $75,685.
39. (31) David Ragan, Ford, engine, 318, 39.2, 5, $79,685.
40. (39) David Stremme, Toyota, engine, 230, 46.6, 4, $67,685.
41. (36) Scott Speed, Ford, brakes, 77, 29.9, 3, $63,685.
42. (35) Michael McDowell, Ford, brakes, 58, 27.2, 2, $59,685.
43. (38) Mike Bliss, Toyota, overheating, 18, 24.8, 0, $56,185.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 141.383 mph.
Time of Race: 3 hours, 32 minutes, 45 seconds.
Margin of Victory: 3.155 seconds.
Caution Flags: 5 for 25 laps.
Lead Changes: 9 among 4 drivers.
Lap Leaders: Ku.Busch 1-51; Ky.Busch 52-53; M.Kenseth 54-55; Ku.Busch 56-73; Ky.Busch 74-105; M.Kenseth 106-107; Ky.Busch 108-185; J.Gordon 186-201; Ky.Busch 202-354; M.Kenseth 355-367.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): Ky.Busch, 4 times for 265 laps; Ku.Busch, 2 times for 69 laps; M.Kenseth, 3 times for 17 laps; J.Gordon, 1 time for 16 laps.
Top 12 in Points: 1. J.Johnson, 423; 2. C.Edwards, 379; 3. M.Kenseth, 364; 4. D.Earnhardt Jr., 359; 5. C.Bowyer, 349; 6. K.Kahne, 326; 7. Bra.Keselowski, 326; 8. Ky.Busch, 325; 9. A.Almirola, 317; 10. K.Harvick, 315; 11. P.Menard, 315; 12. J.Gordon, 311.

NASCAR Driver Rating Formula
A maximum of 150 points can be attained in a race.
The formula combines the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish.


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