Found May 12, 2013 on Start 'N' Park Blog:
Photo- Getty Images A year of revival is now fully underway for Matt Kenseth as he picked up the win in Saturday Night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500. The win was his third of the season (Las Vegas, Kansas) and this is arguably the best start to a season Kenseth has ever had. One difference between this season and all of the other ones Kenseth has competed in? He’s now at Joe Gibbs Racing. Kenseth is making the most out of this new relationship and it could continue to be a successful one as the season progresses. The race wasn’t a total domination by Kenseth, but he made a pass at the right time which led him to victory. For the first half of the race, it was a Busch brothers show as Kurt led early from the pole and Kyle inherited the lead on lap 74 and held it for much of the race. After a round of green flag pit stops, Jeff Gordon became the new leader, but Kyle Busch would soon return to the lead on lap 202. The normally rough and tough Darlington wasn’t as present in this race as it has been in years past, but in the final one-hundred laps, the hard racing action picked up. Cautions breed cautions and the first of a chain of yellow-flags came out with 66 laps to go when Regan Smith spun on the backstretch. Just a few laps following the restart, a wreck broke out on the frontstretch when a gaggle of cars tried to race in a large group on Darlington’s narrow lanes. The wreck occurred when Casey Mears got tapped from behind and he slid up into the wall and then back down the track into the inside wall which he hit with a lot of force, causing significant damage to his car. Brad Keselowski also suffered some damage in the incident. Another yellow-flag flew with 39 laps to go after Josh Wise spun in turn 3 and he came down and back up the track into the wall. David Reutimann had nowhere to go and he piled into the wrecking Wise which caused some damage to his No.83 car. Throughout the chain of cautions, Busch managed to hold onto the lead, but Kasey Kahne had been lurking and he finally got his opportunity on the ensuing restart. Busch and Kahne battled for the lead for multiple laps after the restart and when the two tried to enter turn 1 side-by-side, Busch came up on Kahne and the air from Busch’s car did something weird. The air off of Busch’s car got Kahne loose and he slid up into the wall to bring out the fifth caution of the race. Neither driver was happy with the situation and Kahne was blaming Busch for the incident, but Busch never actually got into Kahne as there was no evidence of contact on either of the drivers’ cars. Kahne was able to continue in the race and Busch was about to have another battle for the lead on his hands. Kenseth started lurking behind Busch following the restart and with 13 laps to go, Kenseth got around Busch for the lead. That was the final lead change of the day and then Kenseth went on with ease in the final thirteen laps to take the Darlington victory. This win was a big one for Kenseth since it is the Southern 500 and that’s a race a racer dreams of winning. It only took being consistent all night for Kenseth to pull into victory lane and his endurance throughout the race made this win possible. Kenseth will be in next weekend’s All-Star Race as will many other drivers as NASCAR returns home to Charlotte for a few weeks for some exciting racing under the lights. Results via POS DRIVER CAR MANUFACTURER LAPS MONEY START LED PTS BONUS PENALTY 1 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota 367   7 17 47 4 0 2 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 367   6 0 42 0 0 3 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 367   8 16 42 1 0 4 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 367   2 0 40 0 0 5 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 367   10 0 39 0 0 6 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 367   3 265 40 2 0 7 Carl Edwards 99 Ford 367   17 0 37 0 0 8 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet 367   12 0 36 0 0 9 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 Chevrolet 367   16 0 35 0 0 10 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet 367   21 0 34 0 0 11 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 367   13 0 33 0 0 12 Martin Truex Jr. 56 Toyota 367   5 0 32 0 0 13 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 367   9 0 31 0 0 14 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet 367   1 69 31 1 0 15 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet 367   20 0 29 0 0 16 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 367   25 0 28 0 0 17 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet 367   4 0 27 0 0 18 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17 Ford 366   14 0 26 0 0 19 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet 366   15 0 25 0 0 20 Aric Almirola 43 Ford 366   18 0 24 0 0 21 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 365   11 0 23 0 0 22 Joey Logano 22 Ford 365   30 0 22 0 0 23 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota 364   28 0 21 0 0 24 Regan Smith 51 Chevrolet 363   27 0 0 0 0 25 Mark Martin 55 Toyota 363   22 0 19 0 0 26 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota 363   23 0 18 0 0 27 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet 362   37 0 17 0 0 28 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet 362   40 0 16 0 0 29 David Gilliland 38 Ford 362   29 0 15 0 0 30 Landon Cassill 33 Chevrolet 360   32 0 14 0 0 31 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota 359   43 0 0 0 0 32 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford 358   26 0 12 0 0 33 Timmy Hill 32 Ford 358   41 0 11 0 0 34 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford 358   24 0 10 0 0 35 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet 354   42 0 9 0 0 36 David Reutimann 83 Toyota 327   33 0 8 0 0 37 Casey Mears 13 Ford 327   19 0 7 0 0 38 Josh Wise 35 Ford 326   34 0 0 0 0 39 David Ragan 34 Ford 318   31 0 5 0 0 40 David Stremme 30 Toyota 230   39 0 4 0 0 41 Scott Speed 95 Ford 77   36 0 3 0 0 42 Michael McDowell 98 Ford 58   35 0 2 0 0 43 Mike Bliss 19 Toyota 18   38 0 0 0 0

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