NASCAR at Darlington results: Kevin Harvick steals Southern 500 after rivals collide


Kevin Harvick benefited from Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott pushing each other into the wall late in Sunday’s Southern 500 at Darlington. The incident propelled Harvick to first place and a win in NASCAR’s playoff opener.

Truex Jr. and Elliott had been dueling for the lead for most of the final stage with Harvick more than four seconds behind them. But when Truex Jr. got into Elliott, apparently because he mistakenly believed he had his rival cleared around the bend, Harvick swooped forward to capitalize.

Elliott finished 20th, while Truex Jr. got a flat tire from their collision and dropped to 22nd.

Austin Dillion shook off a slow start to finish in second place. Joey Logano crossed the finish line third.

Sporting News tracked live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday’s NASCAR race at Darlington. Follow below for complete results from the Cook Out Southern 500.

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Darlington finishing order of playoff drivers

Pos. Driver
1 Kevin Harvick
2 Austin Dillon
3 Joey Logano
5 William Byron
6 Alex Bowman
7 Kyle Busch
8 Kurt Busch
9 Aric Almirola
10 Clint Bowyer
11 Brad Keselowski
12 Cole Custer
13 Denny Hamlin
20 Chase Elliott
21 Matt DiBenedetto
22 Martin Truex Jr.
24 Ryan Blaney

NASCAR at Darlington results, highlights from Southern 500

10:06 p.m.: Kevin Harvick wins the Southern 500.

10:04 p.m.: Harvick leads with five laps to go.

10:03 p.m.: Elliott has dropped to 11th. That incident changed everything.

10:02 p.m.: Truex Jr. exits the scrum with a flat tire. He has to pit.

10:01 p.m.: The leaders push each other into the wall! Whoa.

9:59 p.m.: 15 laps to go. Truex Jr. has jumped ahead of Elliott. Harvick is a distant third.

9:52 p.m.: This marathon race is entering its last stretch. There are 30 laps remaining. Elliott leads Truex Jr. by less than a second.

9:39 p.m.: Caution for debris. Seventh yellow flag of the race.

9:23 p.m.: Truex Jr. continues to hold an advantage. He’s ahead of Kyle Busch by about three seconds.

9:09 p.m.: There are 100 laps to go in this race. Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin make up the top 3.

9:08 p.m.: Debris on the track but the race stays green for now.

8:53 p.m.: Caution for John Hunter Nemechek.

8:50 p.m.: LaJoie is done.

8:46 p.m.: Not a great evening for this playoff newcomer.

8:40 p.m.: Truex Jr. wins Stage 2.

8:23 p.m.: Kevin Harvick is up to second place, but his team is worried about his tires. The rubber is showing wear.

8:18 p.m.: Back to green with 45 more laps in Stage 2.

8:10 p.m.: Caution out for Bubba Wallace.

8:06 p.m.: Kurt Busch temporarily takes the lead as others pit.

7:55 p.m.: Elliott rubbed the wall and has dropped to fourth. Truex Jr. still holds the lead.

7:44 p.m.: Ryan Blaney falls a lap behind.

7:30 p.m.: Martin Truex Jr. wins Stage 1.

7:17 p.m.: Keselowski will continue following the crash. The race is back to green.

7:08 p.m.: Caution. Keselowski makes contact with the wall.

7:01 p.m.: Denny Hamlin takes the lead midway through Stage 1.

6:34 p.m.: Elliott still leads through 25 laps.

6:28 p.m.: Denny Hamlin flirts with trouble.

6:24 p.m.: Chase Elliott is the early leader.

6:20 p.m.: The flag goes to green and the playoffs are officially underway.

6:10 p.m.: Engines fired.

6 p.m.: Pre-race penalties have been given out.

NASCAR race start time today

The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington will wave shortly after 6 p.m. ET, assuming there are no rain delays as there have been so often since NASCAR returned to live racing in May.

This start time typically creates a unique challenge for drivers at Darlington. The late-summer South Carolina heat makes for a slick race track that evolves as the day turns into night and the conditions get cooler. Mid-race adjustments will be key for that reason.

Darlington Raceway obviously has lights, so a weather delay could push the race into the late hours of Sunday and early hours of Monday.

Sunday night’s race is is one of the longest time-wise of the Cup Series season. It is scheduled for 367 laps (501.3 miles) and needs to reach the halfway point to be considered official in the event of weather issues.

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NASCAR starting lineup at Darlington

Here’s the complete starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race at Darlington:

Pos. Driver Car No. Team
1 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
2 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
3 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
4 Alex Bowman 88 Hendrick Motorsports
5 Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
6 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
7 Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
8 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
9 Clint Bowyer 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
10 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
11 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
12 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
13 Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
14 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
15 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
16 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
17 Bubba Wallace 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
18 John Hunter Nemechek 38 Front Row Motorsports
19 Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
20 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
21 Christopher Bell 95 Leavine Family Racing
22 Jimmie Johnson 48 Hendrick Motorsports
23 Brennan Poole 15 Premium Motorsports
24 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
25 Ty Dillon 13 Germain Racing
26 Matt Kenseth 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
27 Corey LaJoie 32 GoFas Racing
28 Daniel Suarez 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing
29 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
30 Erik Jones 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
31 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
32 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing
33 Timmy Hill 66 Motorsports Business Management
34 Ross Chastain* 77 Spire Motorsports
35 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
36 James Davison 53 Rick Ware Racing
37 JJ Yeley 27 Rick Ware Racing
38 Josh Bilicki 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing
39 Joey Gase 51 Petty Ware Racing





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