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Martin Truex Jr. Takes Bojangles Southern 500

Martin Truex Jr. rocketed to the lead on the race’s final restart and held on for the final 12 laps to win Sunday night’s Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Kevin Harvick, who led a race high 218 laps finished second, followed by Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Joey Logano rounded out the top 5.

The win gives Martin Truex Jr., who has snake bitten many times this year, wins in two of the three biggest Sprint Cup races of the year (the Southern 500 and the Coca-Cola 600). Additionally, this is Furniture Row racing’s second win in the Southern 500, with the other coming in 2011 with then upstart Regan Smith.

“This is unbelievable. Always loved this track, led a lot of laps here in my career. Something always happened.” Truex Jr. said after the race. “So proud to get to victory lane with this group,“The pit crew was flawless tonight, they won us the race. They took a lot of heat last week for what happened (at Michigan).”

Truex led 28 laps Sunday night, bringing his career total at Darlington in the Sprint Cup Series to 126 laps, while leading 441 in the Xfinity Series. Martin Truex Jr. is the 11th different winner of the Southern 500 in the last 11 races.

Other storylines from Sunday’s Bojangles Southern 500 At Darlington Raceway include:

  • The win for Martin Truex Jr. is the first time he has won multiple points races in a single Sprint Cup Season, in his 11th full season.
  • Despite dominating the race, late race pit stop frustrations kept Kevin Harvick from victory lane. The team even went as far as trading air guns from the 10 team, but still found nothing. Harvick after the race asked to change crews, but ultimately bolted out of the hauler in frustration. As noted above, he finished 2nd.
  • Tony Stewart spun Brian Scott out suspiciously on the backstretch on lap 203 after Stewart claimed he got loose exiting off of two. Scott would finish 39th
  • Tony Stewart’s night went from bad to worse on lap 318 when his engine gave out, effectively ending his night.
  • Trevor Bayne spun attempting to enter pit road early in the race during green flag stops. He would finish 40th.
  • Kurt Busch would be involved in a crash with Paul Menard with to go, hitting the wall hard on both ends of his car. He would finish 34th.
  • Denny Hamlin continued his solid form with his 7th straight top 10 finish Sunday, ending up 4th. He has averaged a 5th place finish during this current run, so he is peaking at the right time.

Next Race Up: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ends it’s regular season Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400