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2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Results: Southern 500

Eleven down, 25 to go. Here’s the Cup Series order of finish from Saturday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 in Darlington, South Carolina:

*KEY:*
*- Led The Most Laps
(R) = Rookie of the Year Candidate
(I) = Ineligible to earn points

_Editor’s Note: Remember, some drivers will score zero points as they’re only allowed to accumulate them in one of NASCAR’s top three series: Sprint Cup, Nationwide, or Camping World Trucks._

*Sprint Cup Series Finishing Order*
*Bojangles’ Southern 500 – Darlington*
Pos Car No. Driver Manufacturer Laps Status Points Laps Led
*1* 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 368 Running* 48 134*
*2* 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 368 Running 43 56
*3* 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 368 Running 41 0
*4* 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 368 Running 41 44
*5* 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Toyota 368 Running 40 25
*6* 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 368 Running 38 0
*7* 99 Carl Edwards Ford 368 Running 37 0
*8* 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 368 Running 37 33
*9* 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 368 Running 35 0
*10* 20 Joey Logano Toyota 368 Running 34 0
*11* 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 368 Running 33 0
*12* 16 Greg Biffle Ford 368 Running 33 74
*13* 27 Paul Menard Chevy 368 Running 31 0
*14* 78 Regan Smith Chevy 368 Running 30 0
*15* 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 368 Running 29 0
*16* 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 368 Running 28 0
*17* 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevy 368 Running 28 1
*18* 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 368 Running 26 0
*19* 43 Aric Almirola Ford 368 Running 25 0
*20* 55 Mark Martin Toyota 368 Running 24 0
*21* 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 368 Running 23 0
*22* 13 Casey Mears Ford 367 Running 22 0
*23* 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 367 Running 21 0
*24* 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 366 Running 20 0
*25* 38 David Gilliland Ford 366 Running 19 0
*26* 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 366 Running 19 1
*27* 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 365 Running 17 0
*28* 34 David Ragan Ford 364 Running 16 0
*29* 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 364 Running 15 0
*30* 32 Reed Sorenson (I) Ford 363 Running 0 0
*31* 10 Danica Patrick (I) Chevy 362 Running 0 0
*32* 73 Travis Kvapil Toyota 362 Running PE 0
*33* 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge 357 Running 11 0
*34* 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 345 Running 10 0
*35* 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 339 Running 9 0
*36* 93 David Reutimann Toyota 314 Running 8 0
*37* 49 J.J. Yeley Toyota 132 Clutch 7 0
*38* 74 Cole Whitt (I) Chevy 35 Vibration 0 0
*39* 30 David Stremme Toyota 32 Overheating 5 0
*40* 87 Joe Nemechek (I) Toyota 27 Power 0 0
*41* 52 Mike Skinner (I) Toyota 20 Electrical 0 0
*42* 79 Scott Speed Ford 20 Overheating 2 0
*43* 26 Josh Wise (R) Ford 19 Vibration 1 0

*2012 Championship Standings – With One Race Complete*
1) Greg Biffle: 411
2) Matt Kenseth: 409 (-2)
3) Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: 397 (-14)
4) Denny Hamlin: 394 (-17)
T5) Jimmie Johnson: 372 (-39)
T5) Martin Truex, Jr.: 372 (-39)
7) Tony Stewart: 369 (-42)
8) Kevin Harvick: 361 (-50)
9) Kyle Busch: 349 (-62)
10) Carl Edwards: 337 (-74)
11) Clint Bowyer: 335 (-76)
12) Brad Keselowski: 328 (-83)

*NOTE:* Wild Cards are currently Keselowski (12th) and Ryan Newman (13th). Keselowski has two wins this season while Newman has one.

*Race Awards*
*3M Lap Leader:* Jimmie Johnson, 134 Laps
*Coors Light Pole Award:* Greg Biffle (180.257 MPH)
*Mahle Clevite Engine Builder Of The Race:* Hendrick Engines (No. 48 car)
*Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver Of The Race:* Steve Addington (Tony Stewart’s crew chief)
*American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award:* Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 car
*DirecTV Crew Chief Of The Race:* Dave Rogers (Kyle Busch’s crew chief)
*Mobil1 Oil Driver Of The Race:* Denny Hamlin, No. 11 car
*USG Improving The Finish Award:* Marcos Ambrose, +19 Spots
*Sunoco Rookie Of The Race:* Josh Wise, No. 26 car

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