With Bojangles Southern 500 race NASCAR 2014 season was continued. Kevin Harvick behind the wheel of Chevrolet, recorded his second win of the season and became the first driver with two wins in the past eight races.
Second and third places were filled also the drivers of Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson, and that Chevrolet is otherwise an excellent council with seven drivers in the top 11 in the first night race of the season, Harvick ‘s victory came deserved. He fFirst qualified in pole position, then led 238 of 374 laps, and finally recorded the third win of the season for Stewart Haas Racing.
However, the early laps did not hinted big day for Harvick, and in the first part of the race Joey Logano, Brian Vickers and Kasey Kahne took turns in the lead. As the race progresses so that Harvick took dominance, and in the last five laps his lead has reached two seconds.
Then followed several yellow flags after collision Kurt Busch and drivers go to the pit stop. Earnhardt Jr. and Johnson take only two fresh tires, Harvick and four, which is able to compensate for the advantage of rivals clear and safe driving in the first place a half laps to go and won.
For a long time it seemed to Darlington Raceway could be successful for Toyota, which is still having trouble with bad results, but at the end of the Japanese vehicle manufacturer could not boast of excellent results.
We should also point out great ride of young Kyle Larson, who finished in eighth position and made his way to the great 14 places in the overall standings. The next week is one of the few weekends in the NASCAR season. The next race will be held in two weeks from now in Richmond.
Bojangles Southern 500
April 12, 2014
Darlington Raceway, Darlington, South Carolina
Final Top 10 Results:
1. Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet SS – Stewart Haas Racing)
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr (Chevrolet SS – Hendrick Motorsports)
3. Jimmie Johnson (Chevrolet SS – Hendrick Motorsports)
4. Matt Kenseth (Toyota Camry – Joe Gibbs Racing)
5. Greg Biffle (Ford Fusion – Roush Fenway Racing)
6. Kyle Busch (Toyota Camry – Joe Gibbs Racing)
7. Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet SS – Hendrick Motorsports)
8. Kyle Larson (Chevrolet SS – Chip Ganassi Racing)
9. Tony Stewart (Chevrolet SS – Stewart Haas Racing)
10. Ryan Newman (Chevrolet SS – Richard Childress Racing)
Overall Driver Standings:
1. Jeff Gordon (Chevrolet SS – Hendrick Motorsports) 297
2. Matt Kenseth (Toyota Camry – Joe Gibbs Racing) -1
3. Carl Edwards (Ford Fusion – Roush Fenway Racing) -19
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr (Chevrolet SS – Hendrick Motorsports) -26
5. Jimmie Johnson (Chevrolet SS – Hendrick Motorsports) -27
6. Kyle Busch (Toyota Camry – Joe Gibbs Racing) -28
7. Joey Logano (Ford Fusion – Team Penske) -51
8. Brad Keselowski (Ford Fusion – Team Penske) -51
9. Ryan Newman (Chevrolet SS – Richard Childress Racing) -61
10. Austin Dillon (Chevrolet SS – Richard Childress Racing) -62
1. Chevrolet 359
2. Ford 342
3. Toyota 321