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Associated Press | File NASCAR driver Kurt Busch celebrates after learning he won the pole during qualifying at Darlington Raceway.
Friday at Darlington Raceway
Lap length: 1.366 miles (Start position in parentheses)
Average Speed of Race Winner: 130.816 mph.
Time of Race: 1 hour, 32 minutes, 6 seconds.
Margin of Victory: 0.935 seconds.
Caution Flags: 4 for 17 laps.
Lead Changes: 10 among 8 drivers.
Lap Leaders: K.Busch 1-24; L.Cassill 25; J.Clements 26; K.Busch 27-51; H.Martin 52; T.Raines 53; K.Kahne 54; M.Kenseth 55-81; K.Busch 82-121; J.Logano 122-129; K.Busch 130-147.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): K.Busch, 4 times for 107 laps; M.Kenseth, 1 time for 27 laps; J.Logano, 1 time for 8 laps; K.Kahne, 1 time for 1 lap; J.Clements, 1 time for 1 lap; L.Cassill, 1 time for 1 lap; H.Martin, 1 time for 1 lap; T.Raines, 1 time for 1 lap.
Top 10 in Points: 1. R.Smith, 342; 2. S.Hornish Jr., 314; 3. E.Sadler, 300; 4. J.Allgaier, 299; 5. B.Vickers, 293; 6. A.Dillon, 290; 7. P.Kligerman, 287; 8. B.Scott, 284; 9. A.Bowman, 258; 10. K.Larson, 248.
Source: Associated Press
Saturday, May 11, 2013
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Denny Hamlin doesn't have a contingency plan for Darlington Raceway. He has every intention of running the entire race.
Hamlin turned 23 laps last week at Talladega before turning the car over to relief driver Brian Vickers. It was Hamlin's first race since suffering a compression fracture in a vertebra in his lower back. The March 24 injury cost him four races.
Hamlin has no plans to have a driver on standby for Saturday night's Southern 500.
"I don't think there's any doubt we'll go the whole way," said Hamlin, who tested himself by running 90 consecutive minutes during a long first practice Friday. "Nothing was uncomfortable, nothing hurt, nothing was sore. So I'm pretty confident I can make it the three, three and half [hours] that it's going to take to run the race."
Hamlin is determined to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship and currently sits 31st in the standings. But he's only 76 points out of 20th place, where he'd need to be to be eligible for one of two wild-card berths.
Kurt Busch turns record lap at Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Kurt Busch has set a Darlington Raceway record in earning the pole for the Southern 500.
Busch's lap of 181.918 mph Friday earned him his third career pole at Darlington and broke the two-year old mark of 181.254 mph held by Kasey Kahne. Defending champion Jimmie Johnson will start alongside Busch, followed by Kyle Busch, Kahne and Martin Truex Jr.
Kurt Busch got a strong start toward erasing an agonizing, 10-year-old memory at Darlington. He was second here in 2003 behind Ricky Craven by .002 seconds - the closest finish in Sprint Cup history since the series went to electronic timing in 1993.
Kyle Busch wins 5th Nationwide race
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Kyle Busch took the lead from Joey Logano 18 laps from the end to win his fifth Nationwide race this season and second in three years at Darlington Raceway on Friday night.
The victory capped a dominant showing by the Busch boys at the track "Too Tough To Tame." Older brother Kurt set a qualifying record to win the pole for the Southern 500 on Saturday night.
The younger Busch started from the pole and was the strongest car throughout. He led for 107 of the 147 laps and finished about a second in front of Elliott Sadler. Joe Gibbs Racing placed three in the top five, Busch's teammates Brian Vickers taking third and Matt Kenseth fifth.
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