William Byron became the NASCAR Cup Series leader in wins at Darlington Raceway on Sunday (May 14). It’s Byron’s third of the year.
The Jeff Gordon-inspired Axalta Chevrolet inherited the lead after a wreck-filled final 15 laps. Ross Chastain and Kyle Larson appeared to have it all under control coming to the very end, but the two took each other out in turn 1 to set up the overtime finish.
Their accident followed a huge multi-car incident that took out the other dominant car of the race, the No. 19 of Martin Truex Jr. Truex led the most laps and won stage one, but his troubles began at the end of stage two when he and Chastain were racing hard for the stage win, and Truex spun off the side of the No. 1.
Kevin Harvick finished runner-up, and Chase Elliott brought his car home in third. Both cars were involved in the huge pileup that preceded the Larson and Chastain incident. Brad Keselowski was also involved in that crash and finished fourth, followed by Bubba Wallace rounding out the top five.
Harrison Burton ran great all day for Wood Brothers Racing and finished sixth. Kyle Busch, Justin Haley and Ryan Blaney complete the top 10.
The race was fairly calm until the very end, where three caution periods occurred in the last 15 laps. Overall, there were eight total caution flags.
Truex won stage one and Ross Chastain won stage two. However, neither of them finished the race. Kyle Larson, meanwhile, brought No. 5 to the finish line in 20th.
The NASCAR Cup Series returns to North Wilkesboro Speedway for the first time since 1996 for the 2023 All-Star festivities. Coverage begins on FOX Sports 1 at 5:30 p.m. ET.
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