Bojangles’ Southern 500 2015: Winner, recap and results from Darlington

Image courtesy of @NASCAR.
Image courtesy of @NASCAR.

Image courtesy of @NASCAR.

Carl Edwards loves races on holiday weekends. Months after winning his first race with Joe Gibbs Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway before Memorial Day, he drove the No. 19 car to Victory Lane again at Darlington Raceway the night before Labor Day.

It was a fitting end to the summer for JGR, who won all four races with tweaked aero packages. Kyle Busch won at Kentucky and Indianapolis, Matt Kenseth won at Michigan and Edwards took the checkered flag at Darlington.

Suffice to say, Gibbs drivers know how to deal with whatever NASCAR throws their way.

Edwards has long been a proponent of the low-drag packages, speaking about the changes earlier this season at Richmond.

“Let me start by saying I’m really excited about NASCAR taking downforce away from these cars and making the cars harder to drive. You ask if it’s too risky to do this (during a Chase race)? This whole sport is based on risk. They could show up to the race track, rip the spoilers off or change the tires. Do whatever they want as long as it’s the same for everyone, it’ll be a race and be a competition.

“I applaud NASCAR. They want to make this the best for the fans and the most fun for the drivers. And man, taking downforce off and making it harder to drive, in my opinion, they’re a third of the way to where they need to go. Just keep taking it off and keep making it better and better.”

The rules changes were the same for everyone, but it was Edwards who ruled the night. This came after early issues for Edwards as he fell back in the pack after staying out after caution. Luckily, his pit crew was strong enough to get him out front on the final restart where he shot out like a cannon when the green flag waved.

Danica Patrick had a rough night fighting with the Lady In Black in her “Lady In Black” paint scheme. The No. 10 machine spun out and slammed into the wall, sending her to the garage. Patrick would eventually return, but would eventually finish 42nd on the night.

Speaking of cautions, Patrick’s boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ended his night just a few laps later as he slid into the wall. Both were part of a record 18 cautions at Darlington with the race nearly lasting until Labor Day.

Brad Keselowski, who led the most laps on the night with 196, came up just short at second place. Edwards’ teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch also led a combined 60 laps and finished third and seventh, respectively.

Here’s a full look at the final results from the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

  1. Carl Edwards
  2. Brad Keselowski
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Kevin Harvick
  6. Kurt Busch
  7. Kyle Busch
  8. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  9. Martin Truex Jr.
  10. Kyle Larson
  11. Aric Almirola
  12. Kasey Kahne
  13. Ryan Newman
  14. Jamie McMurray
  15. Tony Stewart
  16. Jeff Gordon
  17. Clint Bowyer
  18. Greg Biffle
  19. Jimmie Johnson
  20. Landon Cassill
  21. Matt Kenseth
  22. Austin Dillon
  23. A.J. Allmendinger
  24. Alex Bowman
  25. Matt DiBenedetto
  26. Paul Menard
  27. David Gilliland
  28. Sam Hornish Jr.
  29. Casey Mears
  30. Ryan Blaney
  31. Jeb Burton
  32. Mike Bliss
  33. Justin Allgaier
  34. J.J. Yeley
  35. Trevor Bayne
  36. Brett Moffitt
  37. T.J. Bell
  38. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  39. Michael Annett
  40. David Ragan
  41. Chase Elliott
  42. Danica Patrick
  43. Cole Whitt

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