08 May 2011

Regan Smith Wins the Showtime Southern 500

In one of the most stunning and surprising victories in recent Sprint Cup Series memory, Regan Smith, driver of the #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet, is the victor of the 2011 Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Speedway. Smith took advanateg of track position when he stayed out on old tires when other cars pitted late and he was able to make it work. The race was also highlighted by a near melee between two of the resident firebrands of the Sprint Cup Series, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch, after contact left both with wrecked racecars. Harvick tracked down Busch's car after the race and managed to get a swing in at Busch but appeared to miss. Unsurprisingly, both were summoned to the NASCAR hauler. (Video here)
This is Smith's first career NASCAR victory, although you may recall when he was the first to the finish line in the 2008 AMP Energy 500 but his victory was disallowed after he took the lead by passing below the yellow line.
Continue reading for more postrace coverage from a wild night in South Carolina. 
<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/video?vid=27438646-4b03-456b-b9d8-c6ec4b14fb25" target="_new" title="">NASCAR on FOX: Darlington recap</a>

SHOWTIME SOUTHERN 500 RESULTS (courtesy foxsports.com)

POS.

DRIVER

START

NO.

MFG.

LED

COMPLETED

STATUS

PTS/BONUS

MONEY

1Regan Smith23#78Chevrolet11370running47/4$272,745
2Carl Edwards4#99Ford57370running43/1$248,966
3Brad Keselowski10#2Dodge0370running41/0$178,358
4Kasey Kahne1#4Toyota124370running42/2$164,608
5Ryan Newman2#39Chevrolet28370running40/1$165,025
6Denny Hamlin3#11Toyota0370running38/0$152,000
7Tony Stewart9#14Chevrolet6370running38/1$141,758
8Greg Biffle22#16Ford0370running36/0$117,350
9Jamie McMurray12#1Chevrolet13370running36/1$128,614
10Martin Truex Jr.29#56Toyota1370running35/1$100,550
11Kyle Busch14#18Toyota78370running34/1$134,991
12Jeff Gordon5#24Chevrolet0370running32/0$126,836
13Marcos Ambrose6#9Ford0370running31/0$120,066
14Dale Earnhardt Jr.30#88Chevrolet0370running30/0$96,100
15Jimmie Johnson19#48Chevrolet0370running29/0$137,761
16David Reutimann36#00Toyota0370running28/0$114,408
17Kevin Harvick13#29Chevrolet47370running28/1$141,111
18Bobby Labonte15#47Toyota2370running27/1$112,270
19Mark Martin28#5Chevrolet0369running25/0$92,150
20A J Allmendinger7#43Ford0369running24/0$121,486
21David Ragan11#6Ford0369running23/0$91,125
22Paul Menard18#27Chevrolet0369running22/0$89,850
23Juan Pablo Montoya16#42Chevrolet0368running21/0$119,758
24Dave Blaney41#36Chevrolet0367running20/0$99,258
25Matt Kenseth20#17Ford0366running19/0$117,486
26Travis Kvapil21#38Ford0365running0/0$90,633
27Kurt Busch25#22Dodge0364running17/0$119,775
28Ken Schrader40#32Ford2364running17/1$87,822
29Landon Cassill27#09Chevrolet0364running0/0$77,075
30Casey Mears32#13Toyota1364running15/1$77,900
31Clint Bowyer26#33Chevrolet0363accident13/0$118,083
32David Gilliland37#34Ford0362running12/0$73,475
33Jeff Burton24#31Chevrolet0358engine11/0$82,525
34Brian Vickers8#83Toyota0332running10/0$100,664
35Joey Logano17#20Toyota0318running9/0$81,200
36Tony Raines35#37Ford0172brakes8/0$72,775
37Robby Gordon42#7Dodge087brakes7/0$72,585
38T.J. Bell33#150Toyota067transmission0/0$72,350
39J.J. Yeley31#46Chevrolet034engine5/0$72,225
40Mike Skinner34#60Toyota029brakes0/0$72,050
41David Stremme38#30Chevrolet027electrical3/0$71,875
42Joe Nemechek43#87Toyota022electrical0/0$71,780
43Michael McDowell39#66Toyota07vibration1/0$72,139



COMPLETE 2011 SPRINT CUP STANDINGS (courtesy foxsports.com)

RK

+/-  

DRIVER

PTS

BACK

STARTS

WINS

TOP5

TOP10

DNF

LAPS

LAPS LED

EARNINGS

1--  Carl Edwards378-1016803218190$2,932,748
2--  Jimmie Johnson355-231014603260265$2,015,498
3--  Kyle Busch339-391025623074797$1,978,323
4--  Dale Earnhardt Jr.331-47100251327139$1,380,863
5--  Kevin Harvick328-501024513090106$1,953,283
6+2  Ryan Newman317-611004503272115$1,659,488
7+3  Tony Stewart313-651001403241251$1,743,693
8-2  Kurt Busch306-721001503269120$1,985,476
9-2  Clint Bowyer297-811002523176224$1,917,918
10-1  Matt Kenseth295-831013423149198$1,923,973
11--  A J Allmendinger287-91100020326810$1,477,773
12+2  Greg Biffle286-92100141319021$1,368,263
13-1  Juan Pablo Montoya283-95100240325644$1,737,193
14-1  Mark Martin281-9710003131561$1,201,013
15+3  Kasey Kahne278-1001002512938155$1,417,469
16+1  Denny Hamlin276-1021001313170158$1,673,968
17-1  Jeff Gordon272-1061013323068192$1,665,423
18-3  Paul Menard271-107100231302353$1,186,038
19--  David Ragan254-124100132299220$1,279,763
20+2  Martin Truex Jr.245-1331000222874103$1,200,763
21+3  Jamie McMurray243-135100021308556$1,513,728
22+1  Marcos Ambrose240-13810012031033$1,438,598
23+2  Bobby Labonte225-15310011132415$1,676,313
24-4  Jeff Burton225-153100002310723$1,209,001
25-4  Joey Logano221-15710001131172$1,164,863
26+2  Brad Keselowski220-158100111318443$1,296,144
27+2  Regan Smith216-162101122284024$1,538,438
28-1  David Reutimann215-16310000031511$1,321,893
29-3  Brian Vickers199-17910003029810$1,311,078
30--  David Gilliland180-19810012228174$1,611,295
31+1  Dave Blaney156-222100003293926$1,094,297
32+1  Casey Mears147-2319000029382$754,988
33-2  Robby Gordon144-23410000225228$1,066,024
34--  Andy Lally116-2628000022451$907,123
35--  Bill Elliott100-2785000014600$663,887
36--  Tony Raines100-2788000126250$623,800
37--  Ken Schrader73-3055000017712$430,049
38--  Terry Labonte40-338200013602$414,838
39+1  J.J. Yeley32-346900094282$857,038
40-1  Michael McDowell30-348800078181$612,810
41--  Michael Waltrip20-358200012150$396,213
42--  David Stremme13-365200014200$138,900
43--  Brian Keselowski3-37510001280$273,663
44--  Steve Park2-3761000140$78,855

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