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May 11, 2013, Staff report,

Matt Kenseth wins Bojangles' Southern 500: Results | Blog | Video

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series traveled to Darlington Raceway this week on the heels of two thrilling races at Talladega Superspeedway.

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Gordon savors No. 700

Jeff Gordon reflects on his 700th straight start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Find out what he said to’s Zack Albert following Saturday night’s race at Darlington. | Read the full story

One big win for Brown

Interim crew chief Wally Brown made the most of his one-race stint filling in for the suspended Jason Ratcliff. Find out how Brown impacted Matt Kenseth’s victory at Darlington. | Read the full story

Kenseth wins Southern 500

Matt Kenseth foiled teammate Kyle Busch with a nifty pass with 13 laps left Saturday night, surviving a late rash of caution periods to win the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. | Read the full story

Video: Victory Lane

Matt Kenseth makes his move late to overtake Kyle Busch and win the Bojangles’ Southern 500, his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Darlington. | Watch the Video

Full-time is just fine

Denny Hamlin’s first full-time race since injuring his back in March at Auto Club Speedway could not have worked out better. Hamlin finishes third at Darlington Raceway. | Read the full story

Kahne, Busch clash again

For the third time this season Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch have a run-in on the track. Hear what Kahne has to say after Saturday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500. | Read the full story


Relive the Bojangles’ Southern 500 with our new Minute-by-Minute blog. We culled through the most interesting content throughout the race. It’s the closest thing to experiencing race-day excitement without actually being there. | Read the full story

Ten Days of Giving

On Day 4 of its tour, The NASCAR Foundation and Darlington Raceway honored Stephanie Decker and her family with an all-inclusive VIP race experience. Decker, a mother of three, lost both her legs after a tornado ripped through Henryville, Ind., in 2012 and leveled the Decker’s home. The Stephanie Decker Foundation’s mission is to assist children in need of prosthetics and to help others gain access to leading edge prosthetics. Decker was part of the traditional recognition of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers’ mothers during pre-race festivities. While on stage, The NASCAR Foundation presented The Stephanie Decker Foundation with a $5,000 donation. | Read the full story

Finding her comfort zone

Danica Patrick talks one-on-one with our David Caraviello on the challenges of Darlington, her relationship with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and more. | Read the full story

Kurt Busch wins Sprint Cup pole

Kurt Busch bested Jimmie Johnson and his brother Kyle to win the Coors Light Pole for the Bojangles’ Southern 500. Kurt’s accomplishment came on the heels of his brother winning the Coors Light pole for Friday’s Nationwide race. | Read the full story

Kyle Busch wins Nationwide race

Kyle Busch wins from the pole position in the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. It’s Busch’s fifth Nationwide Series win this season and the 56th of his career. | Read the full story

Darlington appropriate for Gordon's 700th

Jeff Gordon made his 700th start on Saturday at Darlington Raceway. It was a fitting location, as Gordon has seven victories at the famed egg-shaped track. | Read the full story

Kenseth pleased with appeal

Matt Kenseth was out of the country when team owner Joe Gibbs texted him the results from Wednesday’s appeals process. At Darlington the driver was thrilled to get back on the track and put this entire process behind him. | Read the full story

Pit box shuffle

Even though both Joe Gibbs Racing and Penske Racing saw recent penalties by NASCAR softened, the teams are still without their crew chiefs this weekend. Find out who was sitting atop the pit boxes for the cars of Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth. | Read the full story

A finish to remember

Ten years after Ricky Craven stole a win from Kurt Busch at Darlington Raceway, the finish is still remembered as the most exciting in NASCAR history. It also marks the closest finish since the start of electronic timing. | Read the full story

Power Rankings

Each week, writers vote on who they think should be at the top of the fantasy standings. This week, Matt Kenseth took a jump to the highest spot he's seen in the our rankings so far this season. | See the full rankings

Paint scheme preview

Some colorful cars took to the track at Darlington this weekend, including Jimmie Johnson's #Emerald48. Get a glimpse of this weekend's paint schemes. | See the paint schemes

Driver Reports

Check out’s weekly Driver Reports feature, which gives news and notes on the top 12 drivers, plus five in the rearview mirror. | Read the full story


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