May 12, 2012 – Darlington, SC
Jimmie Johnson wins his first race of 2012 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Bojangles’ Southern 500. The victory marked Johnson’s first in 16 attempts, and brings his total to 56, 8th on the all-time list.
The race also featured a shoving match between Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman and their crews. Tempers rose after Busch sped through the adjacent stall belonging to Newman. After the race was over, Newman confronted Busch and things went downhill from there.