Erik Jones upsets Kyle Busch at Darlington, Southern 500 Results

After nearly four hours of delay from rain, the Southern 500 got started just after 10 pm ET. William Byron began the race on the pole but was passed by Brad Keselowski before the first lap was completed. Byron would spend most of the first stage of the race slowly slipping back in the pack. Kurt Busch would assume the lead on lap 19 while brother Kyle who started at the rear of the field had already worked his way up to 21st.

A competition caution would take place on lap 35 but the first caution for action on the track came on lap 68 with Garrett Smithley spinning on the back stretch. Chase Elliott would use a pit stop to get around Busch following that caution but by lap 78 Busch was back in the lead. Busch would hang on the win the stage followed by Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch who had now worked his way up to fourth. Chase Elliott rounded out the top five.

As Larson began clicking off laps as the leader, Kyle Busch would work his way up to third. Pole sitter Byron continued to fall though the pack. While the front of the field remained unchanged for much of the second stage, the race saw plenty of action though the pack. Ryan Newman would spin in turn 2 on lap 141 after contact with Daniel Suarez bringing out the fourth caution of the night. The Busch brothers would be the first two cars off of pit road on the ensuring pit-stops.  Kyle Busch would assume the lead after coming off pit road first on lap 159 following a caution. He would finish the stage there and then lead the field off pit road after pitstops to start stage 3.

With 94 laps to go Hamlin, Johnson and Michael McDowell were all a part of an incident which started as a tire went down on Daniel Hemric’s car following contact with Ryan Newman earlier in the stage. Larson and Erik Jones would battle for the lead on the ensuing restart with the latter clearing with 84 to go.

Jones remained out front though pit stops while Kyle Busch would attempt to chase him down. Seeking his second career win Jones did not falter as Busch made contact with the wall multiple times. This was Jones’ 100th career start in the Cup Series.

Southern 500 Results

  1. Erik Jones
  2. Kyle Larson
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Brad Keselowski
  6. Clint Bowyer
  7. Kurt Busch
  8. Matt DiBenedetto
  9. Paul Menard
  10. Austin Dillon
  11. Daniel Suarez
  12. Chris Buescher
  13. Ryan Blaney
  14. Joey Logano
  15. Martin Truex Jr.
  16. Jimmie Johnson
  17. Aric Almirola
  18. Alex Bowman
  19. Chase Elliott
  20. Ty Dillon
  21. William Byron
  22. Ryan Preece
  23. Ryan Newman
  24. Bubba Wallace
  25. Landon Cassill
  26. David Ragan
  27. Matt Tifft
  28. Ross Chastain
  29. Denny Hamlin
  30. Reed Sorenson
  31. Joe Nemechek
  32. JJ Yeley
  33. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  34. Joey Gase
  35. Garrett Smithley
  36. Corey LaJoie
  37. Daniel Hemric
  38. Michael McDowell
  39. BJ McLeod

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