(WOMR file photo
Kevin Harvick passed Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the next-to-last lap of the second attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag, and went on to win Saturday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500! This was the second win of the 2014 season for the driver of the Stewart-Haas Racing #4 Budweiser Chevy, the first at Darlington and the 25 career victory.
Harvick led 238 of 374 laps in a race that went seven laps past its scheduled distance.
Earnhardt finished second, .559 seconds back. Jimmie Johnson ran third, followed by Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle.
Nothing could thwart Harvick’s domination of the first two-thirds of the race. A dropped lug nut on a pit stop on Lap 222 relegated him to ninth for a restart on Lap 227. But by the time NASCAR threw the seventh caution on Lap 247, Harvick was running fourth. Four laps after a restart on Lap 252, Harvick was back in the lead, passing Brian Vickers for the top spot.
“This is one of those places that I circle every year I come to Darlington,” Harvick said, “and most all of us know the history of this particular racetrack and what it means to our sport. To come here each year and know that now you only have one shot, but to win the Southern 500 and you look at the names and pictures on that trophy that they have out there is something that’s pretty phenomenal to be a part of. It’s the last crown jewel race I guess you could say that I wanted to – I told him before the year even started, if we’re only going to win once this year, let’s win at Darlington because this is just the place that you want to race, and I love racing here. I think it’s like going to Bristol for me, for him here. He’s not as enthused about it as I was. But all in all, it’s a great place to race and means a lot to our sport.”
Check out the unofficial results of The Bojangles Southern 500.
With one third of “the regular season” completed check out the standings.
“Well it’s a long way to Richmond rolling North on 95, with a redhead riding shotgun, and a pistol by my side”. (Travis Tritt)
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!