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Mountain Dew Southern 500 - Darlington Intl. Raceway

One year ago:
Jeff Gordon finished fourth to race winner Bobby Labonte in the rain delayed race.

Well it was another wall banging action weekend at "The track too tough to tame", Darlington. Kurt Busch sat on the front row, with Jeff Gordon in second position. The first caution of the day came out at Lap 54 during pitting when Ron Hornaday's left front tire went down, and for Michael Waltrip hitting the wall. The second caution of the day came out on lap 75, and involved Dale Earnhardt, Jr. spinning Hut Stricklin. Kurt Busch took the lead after pit stops. On lap 118 Jason Leffler dropped out of the race for overheating problems. They went racing until lap 138 when Dave Blaney hit the wall. It went caution free until lap 179 when Elliot Sadler hit the wall and Dale Earnhardt Jr. spun Stacy Compton around. The fifth caution was for Stacy Compton crashing off of turn four and going behind the wall. Kurt Busch's good day ended on lap 276 when he cut his tire on some debris. The 8th caution was on lap 327 when Elliott Sadler had trouble in turn four. Is this the evil and mean corner or what? Turn four struck again on lap 357 for a multi-car accident, bringing out caution number ten. Robert Pressley got bumped by Terry Labonte and hit the inside wall hard, and he almost flipped the car. JimmySpencer also got loose during this and hit Johnny Benson. Also, Ron Hornaday hitJoe Nemechek. The race at this point was red flagged so they would be able to get some green laps in for the checkered. Ward Burton took of on the restart and won the race under caution. Gordon passed Bobby Labonte on the outside coming to the caution/checkered flag, finishing second.

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