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Cup - Darlington - Race results

Jimmie Johnson won the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Saturday night, and in doing so took Hendrick Motorsport to their 200th victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Jimmie Johnson was jubilant on Saturday night under the floodlights, as he claimed his 56th victory in 374 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races by winning the Bojangles' Southern 500 race at Darlington Raceway.

As well as being his first win of 2012 and his third series victory in 14 starts at Darlington, the win also pushed his team Hendrick Motorsports over the landmark of 200 victories in Cup racing, only the second team in series history to achieve that feat after Petty Enterprise.

Johnson crossed the finish line with a margin of less than a second over Denny Hamlin in a green-white-chequered finish. Hamlin had Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch in hot pursuit following nearly four hours of racing over a distance of 500 miles on the intermediate (1.366-mile) oval in South Carolina.

Greg Biffle continues to lead the championship points standings, but now by just 2pts over Matt Kenseth.

Race results

1. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 368 laps 3hrs 45mins 25secs (48/2 pts)
2. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 368 laps + 0.781s (43/1 pts)
3. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 368 laps + 1.164s (41/0 pts)
4. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 368 laps + 1.389s (41/1 pts)
5. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 368 laps + 2.037s (40/1 pts)
6. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 368 laps + 2.442s (38/0 pts)
7. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 368 laps + 2.701s (37/0 pts)
8. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 368 laps + 2.872s (37/1 pts)
9. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 368 laps + 3.213s (35/0 pts)
10. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 368 laps + 3.303s (34/0 pts)
11. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 368 laps + 3.479s (33/0 pts)
12. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 368 laps + 3.947s (33/1 pts)
13. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 368 laps + 4.016s (31/0 pts)
14. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 368 laps + 4.068s (30/0 pts)
15. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 368 laps + 4.086s (29/0 pts)
16. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 368 laps + 4.163s (28/0 pts)
17. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 368 laps + 4.265s (28/1 pts)
18. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 368 laps + 4.480s (26/0 pts)
19. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 368 laps + 5.035s (25/0 pts)
20. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 368 laps + 6.085s (24/0 pts)
21. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 368 laps + 7.748s (23/0 pts)
22. #13 Casey Mears Ford 367 laps + 1 lap (22/0 pts)
23. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 367 laps + 1 lap (22/1 pts)
24. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 366 laps + 2 laps (20/0 pts)
25. #38 David Gilliland Ford 366 laps + 2 laps (19/0 pts)
26. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 366 laps + 2 laps (19/1 pts)
27. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 365 laps + 3 laps (17/0 pts)
28. #34 David Ragan Ford 364 laps + 4 laps (16/0 pts)
29. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 364 laps + 4 laps (15/0 pts)
30. #32 Reed Sorenson Ford 363 laps + 5 laps (0pts)
31. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 362 laps + 6 laps (0pts)
32. #173 Travis Kvapil Toyota 362 laps + 6 laps (12/0 pts)
33. #22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 357 laps + 11 laps (11/0 pts)
34. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 345 laps + 23 laps (10/0 pts)
35. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 339 laps + 29 laps (9/0 pts)
36. #93 David Reutimann Toyota 314 laps + 54 laps (8/0 pts)
37. #249 J.J. Yeley Toyota 132 laps Clutch (7/0 pts)
38. #74 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 35 laps Vibration (0pts)
39. #30 David Stremme Toyota 32 laps Overheating (5/0 pts)
40. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 27 laps Power Steering (0pts)
41. #52 Mike Skinner Toyota 20 laps Electrical (0pts)
42. #179 Scott Speed Ford 20 laps Overheating (2/0 pts)
43. #26 Josh Wise * Ford 19 laps Vibration (1/0 pts)

Sprint Cup championship standings

1. (--) Greg Biffle 411pts
2. (--) Matt Kenseth 409pts (-2pts)
3. (--) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 397pts (-14pts)
4. (--) Denny Hamlin 394pts (-17pts)
5. (+3) Jimmie Johnson 372pts (-39pts)
6. (--) Martin Truex Jr. 372pts (-39pts)
7. (--) Tony Stewart 369pts (-42pts)
8. (-3) Kevin Harvick 361pts (-50pts)
9. (--) Kyle Busch 349pts (-62pts)
10. (+1) Carl Edwards 337pts (-74pts)
11. (-1) Clint Bowyer 335pts (-76pts)
12. (--) Brad Keselowski 328pts (-83pts)
13. (--) Ryan Newman 308pts (-103pts)
14. (--) Paul Menard 308pts (-103pts)
15. (--) Joey Logano 293pts (-118pts)
16. (+3) Kasey Kahne 283pts (-128pts)
17. (+1) Jeff Burton 275pts (-136pts)
18. (+3) Marcos Ambrose 274pts (-137pts)
19. (-2) Juan Montoya 272pts (-139pts)
20. (-4) Jamie McMurray 263pts (-148pts)
21. (+1) Aric Almirola 262pts (-149pts)
22. (-2) AJ Allmendinger 253pts (-158pts)
23. (+1) Mark Martin 242pts (-169pts)
24. (-1) Jeff Gordon 241pts (-170pts)
25. (--) Kurt Busch 238pts (-173pts)
26. (+1) Regan Smith 238pts (-173pts)
27. (-1) Bobby Labonte 226pts (-185pts)
28. (--) Casey Mears 209pts (-202pts)
29. (--) David Ragan 188pts (-223pts)
30. (--) David Gilliland 184pts (-227pts)
31. (--) David Reutimann 162pts (-249pts)
32. (--) Travis Kvapil 160pts (-251pts)
33. (--) Dave Blaney 157pts (-254pts)
34. (--) Landon Cassill 154pts (-257pts)
35. (--) David Stremme 86pts (-325pts)
36. (--) J.J. Yeley 80pts (-331pts)
37. (--) Brian Vickers 66pts (-345pts)
38. (--) Michael McDowell 57pts (-354pts)
39. (--) Brendan Gaughan 50pts (-361pts)
40. (--) Ken Schrader 47pts (-364pts)
41. (--) Terry Labonte 42pts (-369pts)
42. (--) Tony Raines 41pts (-370pts)
43. (--) Josh Wise* 40pts (-371pts)
44. (--) Michael Waltrip 26pts (-385pts)
45. (--) Hermie Sadler 13pts (-398pts)
46. (--) Scott Riggs 13pts (-398pts)
47. (--) Stephen Leicht 9pts (-402pts)
48. (--) Bill Elliott 7pts (-404pts)
49. (--) Robby Gordon 6pts (-405pts)
50. (--) Scott Speed 4pts (-407pts)

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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles` Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Saturday in Darlington, S.C. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M/OH/ES Ford, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, lead the field on pace laps prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles` Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Saturday in Darlington, S.C. (Photo Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, center, celebrates with team owner Rick Hendrick, left, daughter Ella Sophia and wife Ingrid Vandebosch by kissing the bricks after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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