Truex Jr. Qualifies 2nd, Jones 10th for Southern 500

Esther Moore
September 4, 2017

But Truex, the defending victor of the event, was disappointed he couldn't hold on to the top spot for two more laps. It was Harvick's fourth pole of the season and second at Darlington.

Kyle Busch will start third.

Darlington Raceway is something everyone should at least try to experience it one time, Sprenger added.

Truex didn't have the dominant vehicle in the first two stages, but he won both, despite leading just 34 of the first 200 laps. "What can I say-it's the flying 11".

Stage 3: It turned into a three-man battle at the end between Truex Jr., Hamlin and Busch.

NASCAR's young guns are entering this weekend looking to make a splash at Darlington, led by Chase Elliott, whose father Bill won five times in his storied career at the track.

Truex Jr. Qualifies 2nd, Jones 10th for Southern 500

Clint Bowyer suffered an engine failure and fell out of the race after 18 laps, leaving the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing team with but one path into the playoffs-a victory next Saturday night at Richmond.

It looked as if Hamlin might finish high but outside of Victory Lane once Logano broke free on a restart six laps from the end. Would he have enough time to catch up and retake the lead?

Hamlin closed to within a vehicle length of Truex and the lead in the closing laps and was in position to take the lead when Truex got into the wall with just over two laps remaining.

"It worked out well", Hamlin said. Not including points for where drivers finish in the regular-season standings, Truex has 37 playoff points - 17 more than second-place Kyle Busch. Martin won 40 Cup races but never won the title. "Glad we were able to clear him coming out of (turn) four or it could've been a lot more exciting". Some of the best sights: Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman sporting Dale Earnhardt's signature paint scheme; Jimmie Johnson's retro Lowe's hat before the race; and Blaney's old-fashioned mustache, which channeled Ron Burgundy and Dr. Phil. William Byron, who'll join them in the big series next year, was the first Xfinity regular finishing fifth. Both stayed out and became the only two cars on the lead lap. Two years ago we ended up getting a second spot because we had ten or twelve people every year, so now we have two spots, this is mine and my wife's vacation we don't take another vacation, this is it. "It wound up being a great race and that's all you can ask for". Darlington, a track where he has a 9.5 average finish over the past two races, is a ideal place to show off. Kahne also led 23 laps here in 2015 before wrecking out, showing he has speed here with Hendrick Motorsports even during a down cycle for his career. He got up to Truex's bumper with three laps left before moving low around lapped traffic to take the lead.

Austin Dillon has had an very bad season aside from his surprise Coca-Cola 600 victory.

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Kyle Larson , who led 124 laps in the first 200 of the race , had to make two stops during the yellow as the result of a tire rub. From then, all Hamlin had to do was last another two laps. "It wound up being a great race and that's all you can ask for".

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