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2014 Darlington: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap
Posted by: ASkyler on Apr 13, 2014 - 09:10 AM
2014 Darlington: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Recap

Team Chevy crossed the finish line occupying the top three spots at the conclusion of the Bojangles Southern 500, the eighth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race to open the 2014 season. After the first seven races the series had witnessed seven different faces in Victory Lane. However, after 367-laps around the facility nicknamed the track ‘Too Tough to Tame’ Kevin Harvick drove his No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS to Winner’s Circle for the second time this season. Harvick becomes the first driver to win from the pole at Darlington Raceway since Dale Jarrett achieved the feat in 1997. This is Harvick’s first victory at ‘The Lady in Black’ and 25th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win. With two wins this season, Harvick is now guaranteed to be among the top 15 winners, earning a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

"It was just one of those deals where the strategy was going to be hard to overcome with the track position without those green-white-checkers there at the end," said Harvick in Victory Lane. "The cautions all lined out and this Budweiser Chevrolet was unbelievable all night. We were able to hang on there at the end and I knew I had that high line I hadn’t showed it to them all night on the restarts and I wanted to save it until the very end. I kind of learned that last night as we were in the Nationwide race. It was a good tool in your tool bag to have there at the end."


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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. made a valiant effort to get his No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS back in Victory Lane. The team made a gutsy call to take two tires and looked to possibly be on their way to another checkered flag. However, he was unable to hold off Harvick’s advances and brought home a second-place finish, which is his career-best finish at Darlington Raceway. His Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe’s/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet SS, finished third, earning his fifth top 10 finish of the season.

Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS, finished seventh, but remains the series points leader by 1 marker over Matt Kenseth (Toyota).

Matt Kenseth (Toyota) finished fourth and Greg Biffle (Ford) finished fifth to round out the top-five finishers.

The series returns to action in two weeks at Richmond International Raceway for another battle under the lights on April 26, 2014.

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