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The 2016 Bojangles' Southern 500, the 67th running of the event, was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held on September 4, 2016 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. Contested over 367 laps on the 1.366-mile (2.198 km) egg-shaped oval, it was the 25th race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Furniture Row Racing's Martin Truex Jr. won the race by holding off Kevin Harvick to earn his second victory of the 2016 season.

2016 Bojangles' Southern 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Race 25 of 36 in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
2016 Bojangles' Southern 500 logo.jpg
Date September 4, 2016 (2016-09-04)
Location Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.366 mi (2.198 km)
Distance 367 laps, 501.322 mi (806.666 km)
Average speed 126.437 mph (203.481 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Stewart-Haas Racing
Time N/A
Most laps led
Driver Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing
Laps 214
Winner
No. 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte
Ken Squier, Ned Jarrett, and Dale Jarrett
Nielsen Ratings 2.6/5 (Overnight)[10]
2.8/6 (Final)[11]
4.6 million viewers[11]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (1 & 2) and Mike Bagley (3 & 4)

Brad Keselowski made his way to a second-place finish, The race had eight lead changes among different drivers and ten cautions for 52 laps.

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Layout of Darlington Raceway, the track where the race will be held.

Darlington Raceway is a race track built for NASCAR racing located near Darlington, South Carolina. It is nicknamed "The Lady in Black" and "The Track Too Tough to Tame" by many NASCAR fans and drivers and advertised as "A NASCAR Tradition." It is of a unique, somewhat egg-shaped design, an oval with the ends of very different configurations, a condition which supposedly arose from the proximity of one end of the track to a minnow pond the owner refused to relocate. This situation makes it very challenging for the crews to set up their cars' handling in a way that will be effective at both ends.

Entry listEdit

The preliminary entry list for the race included 40 cars and was released on August 27, 2016 at 1:52 p.m. Eastern time.

No. Driver Team Manufacturer Throwback
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Bill Elliott's No. 94 Mac Tonight paint scheme from 1997[12]
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 1972 Miller Lite design[13]
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Ricky Rudd's 1983 car when he won RCR's first Cup race[13]
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet Cale Yarborough's 1979 Daytona 500 car[13]
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Terry Labonte's 1982 car[14]
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mark Martin's 1996–1997 car[13]
7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet Alan Kulwicki's 1992 car[13]
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet Retro-inspired Nature's Bakery car[13]
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Darrell Waltrip-inspired car[15]
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet Smokey Yunick's car that was driven by Mario Andretti and Curtis Turner in 1966 and 1967[13]
14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet Bobby Allison's Coca-Cola car in 1971 and 1972[13]
15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet Benny Parsons' 1973 championship-winning car[16]
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford Alan Kulwicki's 1992 Hooters car[17]
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford Darrell Waltrip's car when he won his first Cup race in 1975[13]
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Dale Jarrett's 1993 car[13]
19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Tony Stewart's 1999 car when he drove for JGR[13]
20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Tide-sponsored car, inspired by Darrell Waltrip's 1989 Daytona 500 and Ricky Craven's 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400-winning cars[18]
21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford David Pearson's 1976 car[13]
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford Bobby Labonte's 1998 Busch Series car, the first time Shell had sponsored a car[13]
23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota Dr Pepper car with its "I'm a Pepper" slogan[13]
24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts delivery trucks in the 1960s[13]
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet The original paint scheme for Al Unser Jr.'s car at the 1993 Daytona 500 before crashing in his qualifying race[13]
30 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt's No. 30 Army car from 1976[19]
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Ricky Rudd's 1983 car when he won RCR's first Cup race[13]
32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford Dale Earnhardt's Wrangler car from the 1980s[13]
34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford Inspired by the first Love's Travel Stop opened in 1981[20]
38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford J. D. McDuffie-inspired car[21]
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet The VF-1, Haas Automation's first CNC machine[13]
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Eddie Cheever's 1990 IndyCar scheme, the first motorsports sponsorship for Target Corporation[22]
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Richard Petty's 1979 Daytona 500-winning car[13]
44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Twisted Tea
46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet Current paint scheme with 1970s Pilot Flying J logos[23]
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet Bruce Hill's 1977 car[13]
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt's 1979 car driven by David Pearson as a substitute driver[24]
55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet Vydox Plus Male Enhancement
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota Auto-Owners Insurance 100th anniversary scheme[25]
83 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 1970s Orange Crush design[13]
88 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Buddy Baker's "Gray Ghost" car from 1979 and 1980[13]
95 Michael McDowell Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet Richard Childress' 1970s car[13]
98 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet LeeRoy Yarbrough's 1969 Daytona 500 and Southern 500 winning car
Official entry list

QualifyingEdit

NASCAR cancelled all Friday activities and rescheduled both practice sessions in place of qualifying for Saturday due to rain from Hurricane Hermine.[26] Kevin Harvick was awarded the pole position as a result.[27]

Starting lineupEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
4 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
5 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
6 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
7 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
8 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
11 24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
12 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
13 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
14 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
15 88 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
16 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
17 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
18 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
19 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
20 21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford
21 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
22 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
23 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
24 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
25 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
26 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
27 15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
28 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
29 38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford
30 95 Michael McDowell Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
31 34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
32 23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota
33 7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
34 44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
35 83 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota
36 98 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
37 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
38 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford
39 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
40 30 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
Official starting lineup

PracticeEdit

First practiceEdit

Jimmie Johnson was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 27.937 and a speed of 176.025 mph (283.285 km/h).[28]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.937 176.025
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.091 175.060
3 21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 28.147 174.711
Official first practice results

Final practiceEdit

Brad Keselowski was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 28.157 and a speed of 174.649 mph (281.070 km/h).[29]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Chevrolet 28.157 174.649
2 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.257 174.031
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.259 174.019
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

First halfEdit

Under mostly sunny South Carolina skies, Kevin Harvick led the field to the green flag at 6:26 p.m. Not much happened during this first run of the race outside of Clint Bowyer making an unscheduled stop for a flat tire on lap 23. Kyle Larson started a cycle of green flag stops on lap 47. Harvick retained the lead through the pit cycle. Austin Dillon and Michael McDowell were black-flagged for speeding and forced to serve a pass through penalty.

It was the same routine the next run of riding around the track until the second round of stops on lap 92. This time, Brad Keselowski assumed the lead when Harvick pitted. Trevor Bayne spun out at the entrance of pit road and brought out the first caution of the race on lap 96.[30] This trapped all but Keselowski, Chase Elliott and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. a lap or more down. Everyone opted to take the wave-around when the top-three pitted.

The race restarted on lap 103. Jimmie Johnson, who was black-flagged before the caution flew for "illegal body modification," was forced to serve a pass through penalty. The second caution of the race flew on lap 114 after Brian Scott got loose exiting turn 2 and spun out.

The race restarted on lap 118. Keselowski drove away from the field for a time, but was chased down by Harvick who passed him in turn 2 to retake the lead on lap 141. A number of cars started pitting on lap 162. Harvick was among them and Keselowski assumed the lead. He pitted the next lap and the lead cycled back to Harvick.

The third caution of the race flew on lap 204 for a single-car wreck on the backstretch. Exiting turn 2, Tony Stewart got alongside Scott and his car got loose. After he recovered his car, he veered back to the right, hooked Scott and sent him into the inside wall.[31] "We were just in a bad situation ... I was trying to let Tony go," Scott said. "Apparently he got mad at me. I have a lot of respect for Tony. He's always raced me really clean. I am not sure what he thought was going on there. I am not sure if he thought I was trying to hold him up there, I wasn’t. I was trying to let him go. I even pointed him to the inside. Maybe he thought I was giving him the finger or something. I will talk with him. We will figure it out.”[32] Stewart was called to the NASCAR hauler after the race for the incident.[33] He denied intentionally wrecking him, saying afterwards that he was "on old tires and sliding around. I got underneath him in [Turn] 2 and for some reason, he ran us through there [beside us] and I got really loose, and I was still getting it gathered up and got him in the left rear and wrecked him."[34]

Second halfEdit

The race restarted on lap 211. The fourth caution of the race flew on lap 213 after Johnson got loose exiting turn 4, spun down the track and hit the inside wall on the frontstretch.

The race restarted on lap 218. The fifth caution of the race flew on lap 249 after Jeffrey Earnhardt slammed the wall in turn 4. Denny Hamlin exited pit road with the race lead.

The race restarted on lap 255. The sixth caution of the race flew on lap 260 for Greg Biffle hitting the wall in turn 4. Matt Kenseth opted not to pit under the caution and assumed the race lead.

The race restarted on lap 265. Harvick drove by Kenseth to retake the lead with 94 laps to go. The seventh caution of the race flew with 87 laps to go for a two-car wreck in turn 2 involving A. J. Allmendinger and Ryan Blaney. Hamlin exited pit road with the race lead.

The race restarted with 83 laps to go. Larson got a great restart and took the lead from Hamlin with 82 laps to go. Oil left on the track that came from the expired engine of Stewart's No. 14 car brought out the eighth caution of the race with 48 laps to go.[35]

The race restarted with 45 laps to go. The ninth caution of the race flew with 39 laps to go for a two-car wreck on the backstretch. Rounding turn 2, Paul Menard suffered a left-rear tire blowout, got loose, clipped Kurt Busch and sent him backwards into the wall. He continued down the track hitting the inside wall head on.[36] Ryan Newman opted not to pit and assumed the lead along with Brad Keselowski who also stayed out.

The race restarted with 34 laps to go. Martin Truex Jr. passed Newman for the lead with 27 laps to go. Harvick reeled him in to take the lead just as the 10th caution of the race flew for a two-car wreck in turn 2 involving Aric Almirola and Bowyer. Truex exited pit road with the race lead.

The race restarted with 12 laps to go. Truex drove on to score the victory.[37]

Post-raceEdit

Driver commentEdit

Truex said in victory lane that the win was "just – this is unbelievable. So many people to thank obviously. I’ve always loved this race track. I’ve led a lot of laps here in my career. I feel like just something always happened and just so proud to get to victory lane with this group. The pit crew was flawless tonight. They won us the race. They took a lot of heat from last week with what happened. I’m glad he’s (Ryan Newman) not riding home with me – he’d be waiting a while. But just a big weekend for us to – we’ve had a terrible string of back luck. We’ve had super-fast race cars. Auto-Owners Insurance, this is their second race with us and one more with us this year and really excited for them. They went a little retro. I’ve got my zoot suit. This is something here that’s really special to us – I ran this wheel today and it’s real special to take that thing to victory lane. We do a lot with our foundation for ovarian and pediatric cancer. It’s awareness month for both of those diseases, so big day for us there, but just can’t say enough about this team and Barney Visser (team owner) and Toyota and TRD (Toyota Racing Development) – the engines have been unbelievable this year – and Bass Pro Shops and Furniture Row, Denver Mattress and everybody that’s made this possible. Cole Pearn (crew chief) and these guys are just amazing. I knew when the bad luck would stop coming we’d start racking them off. We do a lot with our foundation for ovarian and pediatric cancer. It’s awareness month for both of those diseases, so big day for us there, but just can’t say enough about this team and Barney Visser (team owner) and Toyota and TRD (Toyota Racing Development) – the engines have been unbelievable this year – and Bass Pro Shops and Furniture Row, Denver Mattress and everybody that’s made this possible. Cole Pearn (crew chief) and these guys are just amazing. I knew when the bad luck would stop coming we’d start racking them off and tonight we weren’t the best car for once and we actually won, so that was really cool and just couldn’t be more excited to win at Darlington, the Southern 500. I’ve been wanting to win this thing a long time and got to thank Sprint, the fans were great – tons of fans here today – and really excited. Glad they stuck around for a good finish and I don’t know – I could go on and on for hours I guess. Well, it just was frustrating to lead laps here throughout my career and even in years when we didn’t run that well at teams I was on, we seemed to run well here and felt like we let a few slip away. It was worth the wait for sure, so we’ll do some celebrating tonight and just can’t thank everybody enough again – everybody at (Joe) Gibbs (Racing), all those guys, great teammates – just so many people I need to thank. The pit crew – man, I can’t say it enough, what a job they did tonight. I appreciate them.”[38]

After a series of bad pit stops relegated Harvick, who led a race high of 214 laps, to a runner-up finish, he said that he lost the race because of "the same old thing. You get into position where you bring a dominant car. The guys in the shop and the guys in the garage are doing a great job. The guys on pit road are doing a terrible job. You get into position to win races and they continually step on their toes and don’t make it happen.’’[39] During his post-race media availability, he went further saying he's "over being a cheerleader. Those guys get paid a lot of money to perform on pit road and cheerleading hasn’t really been working. You’ve got to get after it on pit road and do your job.”[40]

PenaltiesEdit

On the Wednesday following the race, Larson and Newman – whose cars failed post-race inspection – were docked 15 points each, and their crew chiefs were both fined over $20,000.[41]

Race resultsEdit

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 8 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 367 44
2 1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 367 41
3 16 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 367 24
4 7 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 367 38
5 5 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 367 36
6 10 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 367 36
7 18 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 367 34
8 14 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 367 19
9 2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 367 33
10 11 24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 367 31
11 6 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 367 31
12 12 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 367 29
13 20 21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 367 28
14 15 88 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 367 27
15 13 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 367 26
16 24 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 367 25
17 31 34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 367 24
18 22 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 367 23
19 3 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 366 22
20 33 7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 366 21
21 32 23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 366 20
22 27 15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 365 19
23 21 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 365 18
24 25 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 365 17
25 28 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 365 16
26 35 83 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 365 15
27 30 95 Michael McDowell Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 364 14
28 37 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 362 13
29 40 30 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 361 12
30 29 38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 361 11
31 39 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 358 10
32 26 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 346 9
33 9 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 328 8
34 4 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 326 7
35 17 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 317 6
36 23 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 295 5
37 36 98 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 250 4
38 38 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford 247 3
39 34 44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 199 2
40 19 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 161 1
Official race results

Race summaryEdit

  • Lead changes: 8 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 10 for 52
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 57 minutes and 54 seconds
  • Average speed: 126.437 miles per hour (203.481 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, two–time Darlington winner Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte had the call in the booth for the race. As part of the throwback weekend, Ken Squier, Ned Jarrett and Dale Jarrett also called a portion of the race. Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast handled pit road on the television side.

NBC
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen and Ken Squier
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton and Ned Jarrett
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte and Dale Jarrett
Dave Burns
Mike Massaro
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

RadioEdit

The Motor Racing Network had the radio call for the race, which was simulcasted on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Dave Moody called the race from a Billboard outside of turn when the field raced through turns 1 and 2, and Mike Bagley had the call of the race atop of the Darlington Raceway Club outside of turn 3 when the field raced through turns 3 and 4

MRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody
Turns 3 & 4: Mike Bagley
Alex Hayden
Winston Kelley
Steve Post

Standings after the raceEdit

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