AdvoCare 500 2012 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post Race Analysis

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AdvoCare 500 2012 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post Race Analysis
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Jeff Gordon stole Kevin Harvick’s thunder by making noise with his temper.

The 2012 AdvoCare 500 resulted in Harvick claiming his first victory of the season, but in the second-to-last race of the Chase for the Cup, that’s not what will be remembered.

The most memorable moment goes to Gordon who ignited a rare NASCAR fight late into the race. Matt Jones of KentuckySportsRadio.com, FOXSPORTS: NASCAR and Jeff Gordon Online tweeted after the brawl:

Now, while the fight will steal headlines, the most influential result of Sunday’s action is without a doubt Jimmie Johnson’s poor finish.

According to the Associated Press, Johnson followed back-to-back pole positions which helped lead the five-time NASCAR Cup Series champion to two straight victories by settling for 24th on Friday. It was his worst qualifying spot in a Chase race since 2010. Johnson said of his poor position (via ESPN):

Wasn't so good, but we've been fighting a little bit in qualifying trim…The glare was pretty bad getting into the turn, then getting the power down was tough for me up off of two. Three and four were pretty good, I felt like on both of my laps, but I struggled oddly enough down there this time.

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It proved to be the difference as he finished in 32nd place. His disappointing performance opened the door for Brad Keselowski to leapfrog him in the point’s standings and he did just that.

Keselowski finished sixth on the evening which was more than strong enough to take the lead. In doing so, he created a gap of 20 points between himself and Johnson. And now just a single race stands between the 28-year-old driver and his first title.

 

AdvoCare 500 Results

Check out the full results here (via ESPN.com).

Pos. Driver Car Manufacturer
1 Kevin Harvick 29  Chevrolet 
2 Denny Hamlin 11  Toyota 
3 Kyle Busch 18  Toyota  
4 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet  
5 Ryan Newman 39  Chevrolet  
6 Brad Keselowski Dodge
7 Greg Biffle 16  Ford 
8 Kurt Busch 78  Chevrolet  
9 Paul Menard 27  Chevrolet  
10 Mark Martin 55 Toyota  
11 Carl Edwards 99 Ford 
12 Juan Pablo Montoya 42  Chevrolet  
13 Jeff Burton 31  Chevrolet  
14 Matt Kenseth 17  Ford  
15 Bobby Labonte 47  Toyota  
16 Aric Almirola 43  Ford  
17 Danica Patrick 10  Chevrolet  
18 Marcos Ambrose Ford  
19 Tony Stewart 14  Chevrolet   
20  Travis Kvapil 93  Toyota  

 

Chase for the Cup Standings

Rank Driver Trailing
1 Brad Keselowski
---
2 Jimmie Johnson
-20
3 Kasey Kahne
-50
4 Clint Bowyer
-52
5 Denny Hamlin
-62
6 Matt Kenseth
-74
7 Greg Biffle
-78
8 Kevin Harvick
-86
9 Tony Stewart
-88
10 Jeff Gordon
-90
11 Martin Truex, Jr.
-111
12 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. -160


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.

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