Martin Truex Jr. wins Southern 500 at Darlington

Truex, who made last year's championship Chase and is locked in this year, is no surprise - and may have stamped himself a significant contender for the Sprint Cup crown. The egg-shaped oval is known as the original superspeedway, and the track's storied history causes Darlington to hold a special place in the heart of drivers.

Tony Stewart seemed a little perplexed about why NASCAR would want to speak to him after a wreck Sunday with Brian Scott during the Southern 500.

The race featured throwback paint schemes for nearly the entire field, appropriate at a venue where NASCAR first raced in 1950. Therefore, the starting grid was set per NASCAR rules with Kevin Harvick on the pole. "At this point, I guess momentum means something, so I guess something matters". It was 40 laps into a run.

"I was born and raised just across a few swamps from here you know", Yarborough said.

That stat doesn't even count races like last week at MI where a jack issue on a pit stop led to a damaged vehicle that couldn't run near the front afterwards.

"Maybe he thought I was giving him the finger or something". 95% of eventual winners have started. "If I had been in the same spot, he would have done the same thing to me to get a win". Popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not be participating, as he's been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to the ongoing fallout from his earlier concussion.

Fastest in all three practices, Dixon topped the Fast Six on Saturday with a track-record time of 1 minute, 22.5259 seconds at 147.008 miles per hour. It was also the last time for that kind of speed for quite a while. The biggest bumble saw him fall from the lead to 12th following a stop with 84 laps remaining.

Kevin Harvick finished second after leading a race-high 213 laps. "When you turn down the hill off of turn two, sensational-wise, it's one of the fastest corners in our sport". He is a three-time victor here, and he has finished fourth or better three times in his last four starts here and six times in his last ten starts.

It was Johnson's ninth finish outside the top 10 in his past 12 races - not the form his team hoped to have in chasing a seventh Sprint Cup title.

Millican had a track-record time of 3.692 at 316.82 on Saturday.

His price tag is a selling point, but Scott also has a chance to post a useful point total while freeing up plenty of cap space.

Buescher rose up to No. 30 two weeks ago with his fifth-place finish at Bristol, yet finished 35th at MI last Sunday and is just seven points ahead of David Ragan - and falling out of the Chase - headed to Darlington. It was Larson's 99th start in stock car's top series. "This is such a fun weekend with the throwback stuff", Larson said. Three consecutive slow stops cost him dearly in the last third of the race.

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