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Wrap-up: Darlington Raceway

Sunday, May 12, 2013


This past weekend, Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina hosted the Sprint Cup Bojangles' Southern 500 and the Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200. The Camping World Truck Series will return to action on May 17 with the NC Education Lottery 200 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials
:  Kurt Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 64th Annual Bojangles' Southern 500 with a lap of 27.032 seconds, 181.918 mph. This is a track record, which was previously set by Kasey Kahne in 2011 with a lap of 181.254 mph. This is the No. 78 Chevrolet driver's 16th pole in 446 NSCS races. This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2013. This is Busch's second pole in 17 races at Darlington Raceway. He was the youngest pole winner at Darlington Raceway when he won the pole in September 2001. He was 23 years and 29 days old. Busch led 69 laps, finished in 14th place and moved up two spots to 18th in the point standings.

Did Not Qualify: None. Only 43 cars entered.

Race Winner:  Matt Kenseth won the 64th Annual Bojangles' Southern 500, his 27th victory in 483 NSCS races. This is the No. 20 Toyota Camry driver's third victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2013. This is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 20 races at Darlington Raceway. The average race speed of 141.386 mph is a track record. The previous record was 140.350 mph, set by Kyle Busch in May 2008. 

Rookie of the Race: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the No. 17 Ford Fusion driver started 14th and finished 18th. He was named the "Rookie of the Race" since his finish was best of the ROTY contenders in the event. Stenhouse is currently 16th in the 2013 point standings.

Contingency Awards:
- Kyle Busch, the No. 18 Toyota driver, won the 3M Lap Leader Award for leading the most laps (265 of 367). He started third and finished sixth.
- Toyota Racing Development won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They supplied the engine in Busch’s No. 18 Toyota.
- Kyle Busch won the American Ethanol Green Flag Restart award for recording the fastest average speed on restarts and finishing the race on the lead lap.
- Matt Borland, crew chief on the No. 39 Chevrolet SS driven by Ryan Newman, won the Moog Problem Solver of the Race award. The award goes to the crew chief that improves the most from first half of the race to the second half utilizing the 40 best lap times (improved 0.124 seconds). Newman started the race in 21st place and finished in 10th. He is currently 17th in the 2013 Sprint Cup point standings.
- Matt Kenseth won the Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race award given to the winner of the race or the next-highest finishing driver displaying the Mobil 1 decal.

Points Leader: Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 44 points over Carl Edwards.

NSCS Top 12 (G/L):
1. Jimmie Johnson 0
2. Carl Edwards 0
3. Matt Kenseth +1
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -1
5. Clint Bowyer 0
6. Kasey Kahne +1
7. Brad Keselowski -1
8. Kyle Busch +2
9. Aric Almirola -1
10. Kevin Harvick +2
11. Paul Menard -2
12. Jeff Gordon +2

Next NSCS Race: Sprint All-Star Race (non-points event), Saturday, May 18, at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Next NSCS points race: Coca-Cola 600, Sunday, May 26, at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials: 
Sprint Cup regular (No. 18) Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 31st Annual VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 with a lap of 28.494 seconds, 172.584 mph. This is the No. 54 Toyota driver's 29th pole in 252 NNS races. This is his 52nd pole between all three NASCAR national touring series. It is his third pole and sixth top-10 NNS start in 2013. This is Busch's second pole in nine NNS races at Darlington Raceway.

Did Not Qualify: No. 47 Jason Bowles and No. 73 Derrike Cope.

Race Winner: Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch (No. 18) won the 31st Annual VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200, his 56th victory in 252 NNS races. This is the No. 54 Toyota Camry driver's fifth NNS victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2013. It is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in nine races at Darlington Raceway. This is the 13th NNS race to be won from the pole at Darlington. He was the last driver to accomplish this feat in May 2011. Busch is ineligible for driver points in this series.

Rookie of the Race: Kyle Larson, the No. 32 Chevrolet Camaro driver, started seventh and finished sixth.  This was ahead of the rest of the 2013 Rookie of the Year contenders earning him the Sunoco Rookie of the Race award.

Contingency Awards:
- Kyle Larson won the Mobil 1 Driver of the Race award given to the winner of the race or the next-highest finishing driver displaying the Mobil 1 decal.
- Kyle Busch led the most laps earning the 3M Lap Leader award. He led 107 of the 147 laps run.
- Joe Gibbs Racing Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. They built the engine in Busch’s No. 54 Toyota.

Points Leader: Regan Smith leads the point standings by 28 points over Sam Hornish Jr.

NNS Top 10 (G/L):
1. Regan Smith 0
2. Sam Hornish Jr. 0
3. Elliott Sadler +2
4. Justin Allgaier -1
5. Brian Vickers +3
6. Austin Dillon 0
7. Parker Kligerman -3
8. Brian Scott -1
9. Alex Bowman 0
10. Kyle Larson +2

Next NNS Race: History 300, Saturday, May 25 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Points Leader: Matt Crafton leads the standings by 13 points over Johnny Sauter.

Next NCWTS Race: N.C. Education Lottery 200, Friday, May 17, at Charlotte Motor Speedway.



Tony Ballantoni runs the NASCAR coverage at RotoWorld.com.
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