2016 Southern 500 Results – Darlington Raceway

2016 Southern 500 results topped by Martin Truex Jr in surprise Darlington Raceway victory

2016 Southern 500 results from Darlington Raceway are led by surprise winner Martin Truex Jr. The Toyota driver capitalized on a botched pit stop by Kevin Harvick and Stewart-Haas Racing.

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Martin Truex Jr.’s luck changed. Kevin Harvick’s didn’t.

And that was the difference in Truex’s unexpected victory in Sunday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Truex led 28 laps, all after passing Ryan Newman for the top spot on Lap 339 of 367.

Harvick led a race-high 214 laps, bringing his career total to 10,068. But where Truex’s much-maligned pit crew performed its finest stop when it counted most — under caution on Lap 351 — Harvick’s crew experienced the sorts of problems that have become chronic this season.

Where Truex’s over-the-wall gang got the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota off pit road with the lead for a restart on Lap 356, Harvick’s crew lost a net of 17 spots in the pits over the course of the race.

The bottom line? Truex, who has had the fastest car in a succession of races this year, didn’t have the most potent equipment on Sunday. Harvick did.

But it was Truex who celebrated in Victory Lane, after beating Harvick to the finish line by .606 seconds, leaving the driver of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet to bemoan his 17th second-place finish in the past 61 races — many of which he could have won with flawless execution on pit road.

2016 Southern 500 Results - Martin Truex Jr wins at Darlington Raceway“This is unbelievable,” said Truex, who earned his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory of the season and the fifth of his career. “I’ve always loved this race track. I’ve led a lot of laps here in my career, but something always happens, and I’m 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 for what happened last week (a blown pit stop at Michigan resulting in a 20th-place finish). We’ve had a terrible streak of bad luck. We’ve had super-fast race cars. … I knew the bad luck would stop coming, and we’d start racking ’em off … The pit crew’s done a great job, but they did stumble last week, and this was a great way to make it up.”

Harvick’s assessment of his crew’s performance stood in sharp contrast to Truex’s. After issues with an air gun during a stop under caution on Lap 281, Harvick restarted 12th after entering pit road with the lead. He spent the rest of the race working his way forward but couldn’t catch Truex on the final 12-lap run.

“Yeah, we had a great car,” Harvick said. “The guys in the garage and at the shop continue to do a great job, and we continue to give it away on pit road. Pretty much summed up the night. Just the dominant car, and just three bad stops on pit road.”

Harvick indicated he was beyond giving encouragement to his pit crew.

“I’m over being a cheerleader,” he said. “Those guys get paid a lot of money to perform on pit road, and cheerleading hasn’t really been working. You’ve got to get after it on pit road and do your job.”

Kyle Larson, last week’s Michigan winner, came home third. Denny Hamlin ran fourth, followed by Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth. Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott completed the top 10.

 

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2016 Southern 500 Results Sheet

POS. # DRIVER START LAPS LED STATUS POINTS BONUS
1 78 MARTIN TRUEX JR 8 367 28 RUNNING 44 4
2 4 KEVIN HARVICK 1 367 214 RUNNING 41 2
3 42 KYLE LARSON 16 367 45 RUNNING 39 1
4 11 DENNY HAMLIN 7 367 13 RUNNING 38 1
5 22 JOEY LOGANO 5 367 0 RUNNING 36 0
6 20 MATT KENSETH 10 367 10 RUNNING 36 1
7 5 KASEY KAHNE 18 367 0 RUNNING 34 0
8 31 RYAN NEWMAN 14 367 9 RUNNING 34 1
9 2 BRAD KESELOWSKI 2 367 47 RUNNING 33 1
10 24 CHASE ELLIOTT 11 367 0 RUNNING 31 0
11 18 KYLE BUSCH 6 367 1 RUNNING 31 1
12 3 AUSTIN DILLON 12 367 0 RUNNING 29 0
13 21 RYAN BLANEY 20 367 0 RUNNING 28 0
14 88 JEFF GORDON 15 367 0 RUNNING 27 0
15 1 JAMIE MCMURRAY 13 367 0 RUNNING 26 0
16 27 PAUL MENARD 24 367 0 RUNNING 25 0
17 34 CHRIS BUESCHER 31 367 0 RUNNING 24 0
18 17 RICKY STENHOUSE JR 22 367 0 RUNNING 23 0
19 19 CARL EDWARDS 3 366 0 RUNNING 22 0
20 7 REGAN SMITH 33 366 0 RUNNING 21 0
21 23 DAVID RAGAN 32 366 0 RUNNING 20 0
22 15 CLINT BOWYER 27 365 0 RUNNING 19 0
23 47 AJ ALLMENDINGER 21 365 0 RUNNING 18 0
24 10 DANICA PATRICK 25 365 0 RUNNING 17 0
25 13 CASEY MEARS 28 365 0 RUNNING 16 0
26 83 MATT DIBENEDETTO 35 364 0 RUNNING 15 0
27 95 MICHAEL MCDOWELL 30 364 0 RUNNING 14 0
28 46 MICHAEL ANNETT 37 362 0 RUNNING 13 0
29 30 JOSH WISE 40 361 0 RUNNING 12 0
30 38 LANDON CASSILL 29 361 0 RUNNING 11 0
31 55 REED SORENSON 39 358 0 RUNNING 10 0
32 43 ARIC ALMIROLA 26 346 0 ACCIDENT 9 0
33 48 JIMMIE JOHNSON 9 328 0 RUNNING 8 0
34 41 KURT BUSCH 4 326 0 ACCIDENT 7 0
35 14 TONY STEWART 17 317 0 OVERHEATING 6 0
36 16 GREG BIFFLE 23 295 0 ACCIDENT 5 0
37 98 COLE WHITT 36 250 0 ELECTRICAL 4 0
38 32 JEFFREY EARNHARDT 38 247 0 ACCIDENT 3 0
39 44 BRIAN SCOTT 34 199 0 ACCIDENT 2 0
40 6 TREVOR BAYNE 19 161 0 ENGINE 1 0

Author: Reid Spencer

 

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