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Dodge Challenger 500 - Darlington Raceway

Kyle Busch Tames the Lady in Black
Although he and "The Track Too Tough To Tame" exchanged blows, Kyle Busch and his No. 18 M&Ms Indiana Jones Toyota triumphed Saturday night, winning the Dodge Challenger 500 before a sellout crowd at historic Darlington Raceway. Busch earned his third win and eighth top-10 finish of 2008. He also led seven times for a race-high 169 laps, capturing his first Darlington victory and his ninth in 125 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts. He remains the series' standings leader for the second consecutive week. Carl Edwards finished second, followed by Jeff Gordon in third, Dale Earnhardt Jr., in fourth and David Ragan in fifth. Saturday's event was the first on Darlington's newly-paved surface, which yielded a new track-record average speed of 140.350 mph.
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Biffle Runs to Darlington Pole Position
Greg Biffle won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Dodge Challenger 500 after turning in a qualifying lap of 27.405 seconds, at an average speed of 179.442 mph, around the freshly paved Darlington Raceway. Biffle broke Ward Burtonís track qualifying record of 28.295 seconds, at an average speed of 173.797 mph Ė set March 22, 1996, in the first qualifying session after the last re-paving of Darlington raceway. Burtonís was the longest standing qualifying record at an active, non-restrictor-plate track. The top-41 times bettered Burtonís speed. Biffle's fast lap around the "Lady in Black" gave him his fifth pole in 197 career NASCAR Sprint Cup races and first pole of 2008. This is Biffleís first pole and sixth top-10 start in eight races at Darlington Raceway. Dale Earnhardt Jr. put his retro Mountian Dew paint scheme on the outside pole, qualifying second. This is Earnhardt's sixth top-10 start of 2008 and his fourth in 14 Darlington races. Jimmie Johnson will start third after wrecking two cars earlier in the day It gives Johnson his sixth top-10 start in 10 races at Darlington and his 11th top-10 start of the 2008 season. Dave Blaney (13th) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time and Regan Smith (16th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.

NASCAR Newscast: Darlington Review

  • Kyle Busch overcame a pit-road penalty to become the youngest winner at NASCAR's second-oldest track, Darlington Raceway.
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    Video: Sprint Cup Post-Race News Conferences at Darlington

  • Kyle Busch says his team bounced back from a bad pit stop and he bounced off the wall at Darlington Raceway (41 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Kyle Busch says it's special to win on Mother's Day weekend at Darlington Raceway (48 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Carl Edwards says his team got progressively better all weekend at Darlington (29 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Jeff Gordon says he didn't have a third-place car at Darlington but his team is getting better (22 seconds) [Watch Video]

    Video: Post-Qualifying News Conferences

  • Greg Biffle talks about his record-breaking qualifying lap for the Dodge Challenger 500 (21 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Greg Biffle says Darlington Raceway is tougher than ever to tame (27 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. hopes being fast all weekend will translate to a win in the Dodge Challenger 500 (36 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Jimmie Johnson was happy with his qualifying lap after crashing two cars in practice (14 seconds) [Watch Video]

    Video: Friday News Conferences at Darlington Raceway

  • Jeff Burton talks about the approach drivers will be taking this weekend at Darlington (43 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Jeff Burton talks about RCR being able to turn average days into good finishes this season (45 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Ryan Newman talks about how the cars are reacting this weekend compared to the test (37 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Ryan Newman talks about what it would mean to him to win at Darlington (37 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Clint Bowyer talks about the offseason changes made at RCR to get all three teams in top 12 (47 seconds) [Watch Video]
  • Clint Bowyer talks about how new surface hasn't changed same old Darlington (29 seconds) [Watch Video]

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