Bank of America 500 2012 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post Race Analysis

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Bank of America 500 2012 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post Race Analysis
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Clint Bowyer took home the Bank of America 500 in Charlotte, finishing ahead of Danny Hamlin when the checkered flag waved after 334 laps.

The win marks Bowyer’s third victory of the season in his Five Hour Energy car. He moves into fourth place in the Sprint Cup standings, hopping Kasey Kahne and only 28 points behind of the lead.

 

Think Bowyer fans are a bit excited after Saturday’s result?

All in all, it was not a race to the finish, but a race to be fuel-efficient as the night went on.

Danny Hamlin had a chance to challenge Bowyer in the final laps, but claimed to have trouble managing his fuel on the TV broadcast. He would not be the only one.

Sprint Cup leader Brad Keselowski held the lead for 147 laps, more than any other driver, but surrendered it with less than 100 laps to go.

He then would run out of gas on lap 276, kicking himself out of contention. ESPN’s Marty Smith tells the story:

Keselowski finished 11th on the day, his worst finish of the Chase season. He still holds a Sprint Cup lead, though, seven points ahead of Jimmie Johnson.

Jimmy Johnson had a JJ-like night in Charlotte, finishing third. It was his 16th Top-5 finish on the season, tops among all drivers in the field. He’s currently in 2nd place in the Sprint Cup Standings, only seven points out of the lead.

Five races left for the Sprint Cup Championship. Don’t hold your breath folks, this race is coming down to the wire.

Check out tonight’s results and the new Sprint Cup Championship Standings below:

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Bank of America 500 Results (via ESPN)

Leaderboard - Final

Points

 

1

Clint Bowyer #15 - Toyota

47


2

Denny Hamlin #11 - Toyota

43

 

3

Jimmie Johnson #48 - Chevrolet

42

 

4

Greg Biffle #16 - Ford

41

 

5

Kyle Busch #18 - Toyota

39

 

6

Mark Martin #55 - Toyota

39

 

7

Carl Edwards #99 - Ford

37

 

8

Kasey Kahne #5 - Chevrolet

36

 

9

Joey Logano #20 - Toyota

35

 

10

Martin Truex Jr. #56 - Toyota

34

 

11

Brad Keselowski #2 - Dodge

35

 

12

Aric Almirola #43 - Ford

32

 

13

Tony Stewart #14 - Chevrolet

31

 

14

Matt Kenseth #17 - Ford

30

 

15

Sam Hornish Jr. #22 - Dodge

0

 

2012 Sprint Cup Standings (via FOX Sports)

Driver- Car

Points

Behind

1

Brad Keselowski #2 - Dodge

2,214

2

Jimmie Johnson #48 - Chevrolet

2,207

7

3

Denny Hamlin #11 - Toyota

2,199

15

4

Clint Bowyer #15 - Toyota

2,186

28

5

Kasey Kahne #5 - Chevrolet

2,179

35

6

Greg Biffle #16 - Ford

2,171

43

7

Martin Truex Jr. #56 - Toyota

2,165

49

8

Tony Stewart #14 - Chevrolet

2,164

50

9

Jeff Gordon #24 - Chevrolet

2,164

50

10

Kevin Harvick #29 - Chevrolet

2,158

56

11

Matt Kenseth #17 - Ford

2,147

67

12

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 - Chevrolet

2,128

86

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