2014 Bojangles' Southern 500

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2014 Bojangles' Southern 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]
Race 8 of 36 in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season


Date April 12, 2014 (2014-04-12)
Location Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.366 mi (2.198 km)
Distance 374 laps, 510.884 mi (822.188 km)
Scheduled Distance 367 laps, 501.322 mi (806.800 km)
Weather Clear skies with a temperature of 81 °F (27 °C); wind out of the southwest at 10 mph (16 km/h)
Average speed 131.211 mph (211.164 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Time 26.802
Most laps led
Driver Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Laps 238
Winner
No. 4
Kevin Harvick
Stewart-Haas Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox & MRN
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds (Television)
Joe Moore, Barney Hall and Jeff Striegle (Booth)
Dave Moody (1 & 2) and Mike Bagley (3 & 4) (Turns) (Radio)
Nielsen Ratings 3.6/7 (Final)
3.2/5 (Overnight)
5.921 Million viewers[9]

The 2014 Bojangles' Southern 500 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on April 12, 2014, at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. The 58th annual edition of the Rebel 500 was contested over 374 laps – extended from 367 laps due to two attempts at a green–white–checker finish – on the 1.366 miles (2.198 km) egg-shaped oval, it was the eighth race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing won the race, his second win of the season and first at Darlington, while Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished second. Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, and Greg Biffle rounded out the top five. The race was also the first Darlington race won by a polesitter since Dale Jarrett, in the 1997 Rebel (then a 400-mile race). The top rookies of the race were Kyle Larson (8th), Austin Dillon (11th), and Justin Allgaier (23rd). It was the longest race in Darlington Raceway history.

Previous week's race[edit]

Joey Logano passed Jeff Gordon on the final lap to score the victory in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.[10] "Talk about a lot of emotion," Logano said. "You feel like you are about to win the race and then the caution comes out when you come to take the white and you’re like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.'"[10] “That was a great battle,” said Gordon. “At one point I thought we had a shot at it. We got a pretty good restart. Joey was right on me and I was pretty loose in one and two, and I wish I had gone a little bit higher in three and four. But, he got that run off of four and he got in the back of me, and I thought I was going to wreck, so at that point I was like second would be good."[10]

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Darlington Raceway, the race track where the race was held.

The track, Darlington Raceway, is a four-turn 1.366 miles (2.198 km) oval.[11] The track's first two turns are banked at twenty-five degrees, while the final two turns are banked two degrees lower at twenty-three degrees.[11] The front stretch (the location of the finish line) and the back stretch is banked at six degrees.[11] Darlington Raceway can seat up to 60,000 people.[11] Matt Kenseth was the defending race winner after winning the 2013 race.

Entry list[edit]

The entry list for the Bojangles' Southern 500 was released on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 9:07 a.m. Eastern time. Forty-four drivers were entered for the race.

No. Driver Team Manufacturer Starts Best Finish
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 11 2nd
2 Brad Keselowski (PC2) Team Penske Ford 5 3rd
3 Austin Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 0
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 13 2nd
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 10 3rd
7 Michael Annett (R) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 0
9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 5 9th
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 2 28th
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8 1st
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 10 17th
14 Tony Stewart (PC3) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 15 3rd
15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 8 9th
16 Greg Biffle Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 11 1st
17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 1 18th
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9 1st
20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 15 1st
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 5 9th
23 Alex Bowman (R) BK Racing Toyota 0
24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21 1st
26 Cole Whitt (R) Swan Racing Toyota 0
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 7 13th
30 Parker Kligerman (R) Swan Racing Toyota 0
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 12 2nd
32 Travis Kvapil Go FAS Racing Ford 7 8th
33 David Stremme Circle Sport Chevrolet 7 24th
34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 7 11th
35 David Reutimann Front Row Motorsports Ford 7 11th
36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 7 11th
38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 7 20th
40 Landon Cassill (i) Circle Sport Chevrolet 3 26th
41 Kurt Busch (PC4) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 13 3rd
42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 0
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 2 19th
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 6 17th
48 Jimmie Johnson (PC1) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 12 1st
51 Justin Allgaier (R) HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 0
55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 8 10th
66 Joe Nemechek (i) Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 18 6th
77 Dave Blaney Randy Humphrey Racing Ford 13 9th
78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 8 5th
83 Ryan Truex (R) BK Racing Toyota 0
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 14 4th
98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 2 38th
99 Carl Edwards Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 10 2nd
Official entry list
Key Meaning
(R) Rookie
(i) Ineligible for driver points
(PC#) Past champions provisional

Practice[edit]

First practice[edit]

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 27.679 and a speed of 177.665 mph (285.924 km/h). Kyle Larson was forced to go to a backup car after hitting the wall in turn 1.

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.679 177.665
2 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 27.823 176.746
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.835 176.670
Official first practice results

Second practice[edit]

Ryan Newman was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 27.447 and a speed of 179.167 mph (288.341 km/h).

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.447 179.167
2 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 27.476 178.978
3 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.487 178.906
Official second practice results

Qualifying[edit]

Kevin Harvick won the pole with a time of 26.802 and a speed of 183.479 mph (295.281 km/h).[12] “I was on the bottom all day in practice and Rodney felt like in order to get the pole you were going to need to run the top after we ran our first run,’’ Harvick said. “That is the driver in him that is why he is good to have sitting there watching because he knows what is going on and he can relay. Also having Tim Fedewa up on top as a former driver knowing what is going on to relay what you need to do. We moved up and picked up in the second (session), felt like I didn’t roll through there fast enough. In the last (session), felt like I rolled through there pretty good. It all worked out. Knockout qualifying paid off for us today. We were able to save the best for last.”[12] Harvick's car had to go through tech inspection three times before he could take his car onto the track for qualifying.[12] “It just seemed like the machine was a little bit off there for qualifying,’’ Rodney Childers said of NASCAR’s measuring device. “A lot of people had left-rear toe issues. We rolled through the first time and saw what it was and did what we always do to fix that amount, and we rolled back through again and it read the same thing again, which it shouldn’t have. It’s part of the process. It’s up to the teams to get it right. Different teams have different tools in order to know whether they’re going to be good or not. We haven’t got the right tools developed yet to know that. It’s something we’ve got to work on at (Stewart-Haas Racing). NASCAR works hard every week to try to get their machine closer and closer and more consistent. It’s a two-way street. We’ve got to do a better job.’’[12] The only driver that failed to qualify was David Reutimann.[12]

Qualifying results[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 26.951 26.883 26.802
2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 26.902 26.745 26.865
3 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 26.789 26.705 26.880
4 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 26.849 26.891 26.948
5 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 26.947 26.927 27.011
6 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 26.767 26.879 27.017
7 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 26.817 26.947 27.017
8 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.916 26.969 27.055
9 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.846 26.960 27.056
10 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 26.766 26.961 27.087
11 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 26.734 26.924 27.097
12 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 26.982 26.969 27.139
13 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 26.816 26.993
14 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 26.962 27.022
15 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.993 27.066
16 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 27.000 27.132
17 42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 27.004 27.140
18 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 26.954 27.150
19 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 26.932 27.177
20 3 Austin Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 26.933 27.182
21 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 26.894 27.184
22 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 26.945 27.201
23 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 26.973 27.292
24 51 Justin Allgaier (R) HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 26.979 27.479
25 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.011
26 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.033
27 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 27.087
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.110
29 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 27.237
30 7 Michael Annett (R) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 27.270
31 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 27.273
32 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 27.289
33 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.296
34 23 Alex Bowman (R) BK Racing Toyota 27.321
35 40 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 27.363
36 77 Dave Blaney Humphrey Racing Ford 27.380
37 33 David Stremme Circle Sport Chevrolet 27.469
38 30 Parker Kligerman (R) Swan Racing Toyota 27.543
39 83 Ryan Truex (R) BK Racing Toyota 27.565
40 36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 27.633
41 32 Travis Kvapil Go FAS Racing Ford 27.663
42 26 Cole Whitt (R) Swan Racing Toyota 27.680
43 66 Joe Nemechek Identity Ventures Racing Toyota 27.757
Failed to qualify
44 35 David Reutimann Front Row Motorsports Ford 27.551
Official qualifying results

Race[edit]

The race began at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time with Kevin Harvick leading the field to the green flag. He didn't hold the lead for long as Joey Logano passed him to take the top spot.

Jeff Gordon took the lead on lap 38.

The first caution of the race flew on lap 40 after rookie Ryan Truex slammed the wall in turn 3. David Ragan stayed out to lead a lap when Gordon pitted. Ragan made his stop the next lap and Gordon assumed the lead.

The race restarted on lap 47 and Kevin Harvick took the lead for the first time on the restart.

The second caution of the race flew on lap 59 after Travis Kvapil slammed the wall in turn 3. Denny Hamlin exited pit road the lead by taking just two tires while Harvick took four.

The race restarted on lap 64 and Matt Kenseth took over the lead from his teammate.

Kevin Harvick retook the lead on lap 77.

The third caution of the race flew on lap 93 after rookie Michael Annett slammed the wall in turn 1.

The race restarted on lap 100.

The fourth caution of the race flew on lap 125 after rookie Cole Whitt slammed the wall in turn 1. David Ragan also slammed the wall in turn 2.

The race restarted on lap 131.

Kevin Harvick surrendered the lead on lap 180 to make his pit stop. Brad Keselowski took over the lead.

Keselowski ducked onto pit road on lap 184. Kasey Kahne assumed the lead.

The fifth caution of the race flew on lap 201 after Paul Menard slammed the wall in turn 1. Kahne swapped the lead with Kevin Harvick on pit road with the former stall being behind the start/finish line, but he exited as the leader.

The race restarted on lap 208 and Harvick took over the lead.

Austin Dillon and A. J. Allmendinger rubbed together in turn 2. Allmendinger's left-rear tire began rubbing real bad. He was saved by the sixth caution of the race on lap 221 after Aric Almirola clipped Danica Patrick and spun out in turn 2. Brian Vickers exited pit road the lead thanks to taking two tires.

The race restarted on lap 227.

Debris in turn 2 brought out the seventh caution of the race on lap 247. Vickers swapped the lead with Jeff Gordon with the former pitting at the entrance of pit road. He exited pit road as the leader.

The race restarted on lap 252.

Kevin Harvick took back the lead on lap 256.

The eighth caution of the race flew with 96 laps to go for debris on the backstretch after Paul Menard slammed the wall exiting turn 2. Greg Biffle exited pit road the leader thanks to taking just two tires.

The race restarted with 89 laps to go and Kevin Harvick took the lead.

While trying to enter pit road with 49 laps to go, Brian Vickers spun out and about blocked the entrance. He was almost rammed by Marcos Ambrose trying to get his car facing the right direction. He did get it going the right direction, but had to come back down pit road to serve a drive-through penalty not passing to the inside of the pit road commitment line.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. assumed the lead when Harvick made his stop with 46 laps to go, but he missed the entrance to pit road and did not lead a lap. That same lap, Kasey Kahne took his car to the garage after slamming the wall in turn 2.

The ninth caution of the race flew with ten laps to go after Joey Logano's engine expired. Jimmie Johnson exited pit road the leader by taking just two tires. Denny Hamlin was busted for speeding and had to drop to the tail end of the field.

The race restarted with five laps to go.

Debris in turn 3 that came from the No. 32 of Travis Kvapil brought out the tenth caution of the race with three laps to go. With the caution falling this close to the end, the race went into overtime.

Even though the inside line had been the preferred line all night, Johnson chose to restart on the outside. The race restarted with two laps to go on the first green-white-checker attempt and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. took the lead from his teammate. They only made it half a lap before the caution flew for the eleventh time after Kurt Busch lost his momentum exiting turn 2, got turned by Clint Bowyer and slammed the inside wall head on.

The race restarted with two laps to go on the second green-white-checker attempt. Earnhardt got an excellent start to get ahead of Harvick, but Kevin with four tires passed Dale on two and took the victory.[13] “This is the one race I told Rodney (Childers, crew chief) I wanted to win,” said Harvick. “We were able to put it all together, but this is the Southern 500, this is as big as it gets in NASCAR racing. It feels great. It’s allowed us with the way the points system is to go for wins and not have to worry about the bad weeks too much,” he said. “Really proud for these guys and looking forward to the last 10."[13] “It's a little disappointing to come that close because I know I don't really run that well here and the opportunities to win are going to be very few compared to other tracks,” said Earnhardt Jr. “It hurts a little bit to come that close because we worked so hard to try to win races. Running second is great but nobody is going to really remember that. But we're proud of it.”[13] “Yeah, just very happy to finish there in the top three,” said Johnson. “I thought we had a shot at a win. I think if things stayed green after our last pit stop, we had a good chance at it, good shot at it. I'm happy with (crew chief) Chad's (Knaus) decision to go with two, and there were enough cars that took two that it gave us a little bit of a cushion, maybe enough of a cushion to make it four or five laps there.”[13]

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 374 48
2 15 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 374 43
3 26 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 374 42
4 25 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 374 41
5 19 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 374 40
6 8 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 374 38
7 9 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 374 38
8 17 42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 374 36
9 23 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 374 35
10 7 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 374 34
11 20 3 Austin Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 374 33
12 16 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 374 32
13 21 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 374 31
14 4 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 374 30
15 18 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 374 29
16 6 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 374 28
17 5 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 374 28
18 31 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 374 26
19 10 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 374 26
20 28 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 374 24
21 29 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 374 23
22 33 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 374 22
23 24 51 Justin Allgaier (R) HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 372 21
24 3 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 372 20
25 35 40 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 372 0
26 14 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 371 19
27 12 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 371 17
28 27 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 370 16
29 34 23 Alex Bowman (R) BK Racing Toyota 369 15
30 38 30 Parker Kligerman (R) Swan Racing Toyota 369 14
31 13 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 368 13
32 32 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 367 12
33 41 32 Travis Kvapil Go FAS Racing Ford 367 11
34 43 66 Joe Nemechek Identity Ventures Racing Toyota 366 10
35 2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 359 10
36 37 33 David Stremme Circle Sport Chevrolet 326 8
37 22 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 323 8
38 42 26 Cole Whitt (R) Swan Racing Toyota 301 6
39 40 36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 289 5
40 39 83 Ryan Truex (R) BK Racing Toyota 274 4
41 11 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 270 3
42 30 7 Michael Annett (R) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 101 2
43 36 77 Dave Blaney Randy Humphrey Racing Ford 65 1

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

Fox Sports
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Larry McReynolds
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
Matt Yocum
Steve Byrnes
Krista Voda
Jeff Hammond

Radio[edit]

MRN Radio
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Barney Hall
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody
Turns 3 & 4: Mike Bagley
Winston Kelly
Steve Post
Alex Hayden
Woody Cain

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Entry List" (PDF). jayski.com. NASCAR Statistics. April 8, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. April 11, 2014. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. April 11, 2014. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Qualifying Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. April 11, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Bojangles' Southern 500 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. April 12, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Points Standings" (PDF). MRN.com. NASCAR Statistics. April 12, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Manufacturer Standings" (PDF). jayski.com. NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications. April 12, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ Paulsen (April 19, 2014). "Sprint Cup TV Ratings: Darlington Rating Hits Low, But Viewership Hits High". SportsMediaWatch.com. Sports Media Watch. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c Pistone, Pete (April 7, 2014). "Logano Lone Star Winner". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Darlington Raceway". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  12. ^ a b c d e Long, Dustin (April 11, 2014). "Harvick Wins Darlington Pole". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c d Pistone, Pete (April 12, 2014). "Harvick Doubles Up at Darlington". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 


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