Matt Kenseth wins Southern 500 from Darlington Raceway, full race results

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Matt Kenseth won the Bojangles Southern 500 from Darlington Raceway. The event which has been run on the Saturday before Mother’s Day saw a lot of green flag racing early at the track which had earned the nickname “too tough to tame.”

Kurt Busch led the field to the green flag after setting a new track record in qualifying. Busch would lead the first 50 laps before surrendering the lead to his younger brother Kyle and then Matt Kenseth under the first round of pitstop, before regaining it. Kyle Busch would then assume the lead on lap 72.

The first caution flag would drop on lap 125 for debris. Jeff Gordon who was making his 700th start took over the lead on lap 185 before giving way to Kyle Busch on lap 202.

Regan Smith would bring out the second caution when he spun on lap 303 due to a flat rear tire. Casey Mears slammed the inside wall on lap 312 after being tapped by Paul Menard. Brad Keselowski would damage his car when he hit Mears coming down the track.

On lap 329 Josh Wise got lose and spun up the track into David Reutimann bringing out the fourth caution. After the ensuing restart Kasey Kahne hit the wall after trying to pull off the cross over in front of Kyle Busch. Replays were unclear to as if there was contact between the two, after they made contact last week at Talladega. Kahne’s ECU shut off after hitting the all bringing out the fifth caution.

With less then 20 laps to go Kenseth began to run down Busch before passing him with 13 to go. Busch faded though the pack as Denny Hamlin moved up to second.

There was no competition for Kenseth who cruised to his third win of the year ahead of Hamlin, Gordon, Johnson and Kevin Harvick. Busch finished sixth.

The win was the first for Kenseth at Darlington. Kenseth was racing with Wally Brown as his crew chief as his normal crew chief Jason Ratcliff is serving a one race suspension.

Unofficial Race Results for Southern 500 from Darlington Raceway

May 11, 2013 | Darlington Raceway – Darlington, South Carolina | 501.3 mi (367 of 367 Laps)
Pos Driver Car # Make Started
1 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota 7
2 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 6
3 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 8
4 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 2
5 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 10
6 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 3
7 Carl Edwards 99 Ford 17
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet 12
9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 Chevrolet 16
10 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet 21
11 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 13
12 Martin Truex Jr. 56 Toyota 5
13 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 9
14 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet 1
15 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet 20
16 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 25
17 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet 4
18 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17 Ford 14
19 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet 15
20 Aric Almirola 43 Ford 18
21 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 11
22 Joey Logano 22 Ford 30
23 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota 28
24 Regan Smith 51 Chevrolet 27
25 Mark Martin 55 Toyota 22
26 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota 23
27 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet 37
28 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet 40
29 David Gilliland 38 Ford 29
30 Landon Cassill 33 Chevrolet 32
31 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota 43
32 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford 26
33 Timmy Hill 32 Ford 41
34 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford 24
35 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet 42
36 David Reutimann 83 Toyota 33
37 Casey Mears 13 Ford 19
38 Josh Wise 35 Ford 34
39 David Ragan 34 Ford 31
40 David Stremme 30 Toyota 39
41 Scott Speed 95 Ford 36
42 Michael McDowell 98 Ford 35
43 Mike Bliss 19 Toyota 38

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