NASCAR at Darlington 2014: Winners and Losers from the Southern 500

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NASCAR at Darlington 2014: Winners and Losers from the Southern 500
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The winning pass in the Southern 500

It wasn’t unusual for Kevin Harvick to have the best car on any given race weekend this season. 

He had the best car all weekend at Darlington Raceway. The No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS was fast in practice and fast enough in qualifying to win the pole.

But in 18 attempts, Harvick had yet to cross the finish line first. On Saturday night, he was not to be denied.

Toward the end of the race, three-time Southern 500 winner Jimmie Johnson made a run and so did Dale Earnhardt Jr., who took the green flag ahead of Harvick in the second attempt at a green-white-checkered finish.

In the end, it was crew chief Rodney Childers' gutsy four-tire call on the final pit stop and Harvick’s determination to win that sealed the deal and awarded the veteran driver with his second win of the season, making him a lock for the Chase.

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