Who gained the NASCAR race yesterday? Full outcomes from Darlington playoff opener

The Cook dinner Out Southern 500 on Sunday ought to have belonged to Chase Elliott or Martin Truex Jr.

Elliott and Truex had been operating side-by-side all through the race and entered the ultimate 15 laps of the marathon competitors nicely forward of the pack. Nobody was inside 4 seconds of their automobiles.

An aggressive flip by Truex, nonetheless, despatched every driver into the wall and tumbling out of rivalry at Darlington.

“Sorry, guys, hell of a automotive,” Truex advised his group after the race. “Sorry, man, I used to be going for it. I suppose I shouldn’t have.”

Kevin Harvick, who had been a distant third, cruised previous to victory in a continuation of his fabulous 2020 season. The playoff-opening triumph was Harvick’s second win at Darlington in 2020 and his eighth win total this season.

MORE: Highlights from NASCAR at Darlington 

Elsewhere amongst Spherical of 16 contenders, Austin Dillon exceeded expectations by coming in second and Joey Logano gained third place following the late incident. Brad Keselowski was practically compelled out of the race by a crash that induced important injury, however his crew salvaged his car and he rallied to a decent 11th-place end. Denny Hamlin missed a pit within the ultimate stage and settled for 13th.

Under is extra details about the race, from Harvick’s perspective to the up to date playoff standings:

Who gained the NASCAR race yesterday?

Nicknamed “The Nearer,” Harvick often causes stress when lurking behind the leaders down the stretch of a race. Whereas the veteran’s Sunday win at Darlington was much less about him than the self-inflicted injury of Elliott and Truex, being in place to pounce on a mistake was typical of his racing talents.

Harvick acknowledged he was lucky to assert the Cook dinner Out Southern 500 but additionally famous the function of his persistence within the end result.

“Simply wound up combating all evening lengthy, this (automotive) wasn’t the place we needed it to be, however the leaders bought twisted up there and subsequent factor you recognize we had been racing for the win,” Harvick advised reporters. “Anytime you possibly can win the Southern 500 it’s a very good day. This is without doubt one of the most prestigious races in our sport and probably the most prestigious race tracks in our sport. Any time you possibly can win at Darlington it’s an enormous deal.”

Ending order for playoff contenders

Pos.
Driver
1
Kevin Harvick
2
Austin Dillon
Three
Joey Logano
5
William Byron
6
Alex Bowman
7
Kyle Busch
eight
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

Up to date 2020 NASCAR playoff level standings

Harvick and Hamlin proceed to carry an enormous lead over everybody else due to their regular-season success, whereas Logano cemented his personal comfy place with a third-place end at Darlington.

The following NASCAR playoff race might be at Richmond subsequent Saturday. The playoff subject might be trimmed from 16 drivers to 12 following the race at Bristol on Sept. 19. Harvick clinched an computerized berth within the Spherical of 12 along with his win within the Southern 500. 

This is how each driver nonetheless in rivalry appears:

Rank
Driver
Factors to cutoff
1
Kevin Harvick
+73
2
Denny Hamlin
+54
Three
Joey Logano
+27
four
Brad Keselowski
+22
5
Alex Bowman
+19
6
Martin Truex Jr.
+16
7
Chase Elliott
+12
eight
Austin Dillon
+10
9
William Byron
+9
10
Kyle Busch
+7
11
Kurt Busch
+four
12
Aric Almirola
zero



13
Clint Bowyer
zero
14
Cole Custer
-Three
15
Ryan Blaney
-17
16
Matt DiBenedetto
-17

Materials from the NASCAR Wire Service was used on this report.

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