Thursday, March 23, 2023

Inspection Complete: Erik Jones Officially Scores Southern 500 Win For Petty GMS

Erik Jones Darlington win Inspection Southern 500 2022 Petty GMS Motorsports
Erik Jones has been named the official winner of the Cook Out Southern 500, as his No. 43 Petty GMS Motorsports car passed post-race inspection. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)

Post-race technical inspection following Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway has been completed.

Erik Jones’ race-winning No. 43 FOCUSfactor Petty GMS Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro has passed. As a result, NASCAR has declared Jones and his team the official winners of the race.

This marks the first victory of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season for Jones, and it is the 26-year old’s third-career NASCAR Cup Series win. This is also Jones’ second win in the Southern 500, one of NASCAR’s crown jewels.

No issues were detected in post-race inspection, which means all results and standings following Sunday’s race are now considered official.

Corey LaJoie’s No. 7 car and Cole Custer’s No. 41 car will go back to the NASCAR R&D Center for further inspection.

Playoff contenders Denny Hamlin, Tyler Reddick, Joey Logano and Christopher Bell rounded out the top-five finishers on the night.

The other Playoff contenders and their finishes were: William Byron (8th), Alex Bowman (10th), Kyle Larson (12th), Ryan Blaney (13th), Austin Cindric (16th), Austin Dillon (17th), Daniel Suarez (18th), Ross Chastain (19th), Chase Briscoe (27th), Kyle Busch (30th), Kevin Harvick (33rd) and Chase Elliott (36th).

Race Results

Race Results: 2022 NASCAR Cup Series Cook Out Southern 500

Driver Standings

NASCAR Cup Series Driver Standings

Owner Standings

NASCAR Cup Series Owner Standings

Race Recap

Erik Jones Performs Masterful Defense Against Denny Hamlin, Captures Second Southern 500 Victory

Video Highlights / Other Race Stories

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Video: Playoff Contender Kevin Harvick Sees Race Come to End After Car Catches Fire

Kevin Harvick Beyond Frustrated as ‘Crappy Ass Parts’ on Next Gen Catch Fire at Darlington

Video: Kyle Busch’s Engine Grenades Under Yellow from Lead with 23 To Go

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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