2022 South Carolina 400 at Florence Motor Speedway

South Carolina 400 Key Moments: Diggin' Like Dale, Penalties And Chaos

South Carolina 400 Key Moments: Diggin' Like Dale, Penalties And Chaos

We break down the memorable moments from a wild weekend at Florence Motor Speedway's South Carolina 400.

Nov 22, 2022 by Rob Blount
South Carolina 400 Key Moments: Diggin' Like Dale, Penalties And Chaos

The South Carolina 400 at Florence Motor Speedway had it all. It had the controversies, the crashes, and a fun winner. Plenty happened, so we decided to give you the key moments from the South Carolina 400 weekend.

Massive Crash During Bandolero Feature

Ellie Gossett went for a wild ride during Saturday's Bandolero portion of the South Carolina 400. Her No. 77 Bando was sent towards the backstretch wall after contact with another car. Gossett's car pounded the inside jersey barriers so hard that the concrete wall actually shifted. The impact launched her car into the air before landing on all four wheels. Even with plenty of body-work no longer on the car, Gossett was able to walk away from the incident.


VIDEO: Ellie Gossett goes for a wild ride in the Bandolero feature at Florence.

Earnhardt Gets Penalized And Charges Forward... Twice

Dale Earnhardt Jr bided his time for much of the 200-lap Late Model feature after a poor qualifying effort left him starting near the rear of the field. After avoiding two wrecks right in front of him, Earnhardt decided it was go-time and made his way into the top five with less than 20 laps to go. But then it all came undone. Earnhardt made contact with Matt Cox coming off of the second turn, sending Cox hard into the inside wall. Earnhardt was sent to the rear of the field for his part in the incident. 

Earnhardt was making his way back through the field and challenging for a spot in the top five once again a few laps later, but this time he made contact with Landon Pembelton, sending Pembelton spinning in turn one with just three laps remaining. Once again, the NASCAR Hall of Famer was sent to the rear of the field. Even still, Earnhardt was able to leave Florence and head back to North Carolina with a ninth-place finish in the South Carolina 400.


VIDEO: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was penalized for two incidents during the South Carolina 400.

Mason Diaz Parks It In Victory Lane... Before The Race Was Over

Mason Diaz had quite the night in Florence, South Carolina on Saturday. He got spun, then made his way back up front and took the lead with less than 10 laps remaining. He had to deal with multiple restarts, and Sam Yarbrough along side. That proved to be the toughest part as Diaz and Yarbrough traded paint multiple times before Diaz forced Yarbrough off the track on the backstretch. Yarbrough made an incredible save, but lost a number of positions before the caution came out for the wreck that wasn't. However, officials deemed that Yarbrough didn't actually lose those positions and he was sent back to the front of the field.

Even still, Diaz was able to get back in front of Yarbrough on the ensuing restart, but unfortunately for him he wasn't able to get far enough away. Yarbrough slammed the back of Diaz getting into turn three, sending Diaz for a second spin on the night. Diaz was sent to the rear for being the car that brought out the caution, and Yarbrough this time was also sent to the rear for his role in the incident. 

But, the penalty to Yarbrough wasn't good enough for Diaz. He wanted his spot back just like Yarbrough got his the caution before. After getting denied by the officials, Diaz decided to park his No. 22 Chad Bryant-owned machine in victory lane, climb out, and sarcastically celebrate before walking away. 


VIDEO: Mason Diaz left his Late Model in victory lane prior to the conclusion of the South Carolina 400.

"Butterbean" Survives the Chaos

Brenden "Butterbean" Queen survived the chaos and "did it like Dale" to score the biggest win of his young life. Queen has won multiple track championships at Langley Speedway, but he had yet to win a big race away from the Chesapeake area until Saturday night. The win also came in his first race with Lee Pulliam Performance, a message to everyone in Late Model Stock Car racing that Butterbean is going to be tough to beat in 2023.


VIDEO: An excited Brenden Queen discusses his win in this fun interview with FloRacing. 

South Carolina 400 Race Results

103Brenden Queen
28Carson Kvapil
355RIsabella Robusto
498Cody Kelley
554Matthew Craig
65BBryant Barnhill
788Doug Barnes
850Boo Boo Dalton
93Dale Earnhardt Jr
105Casey Kelley
1159Heath Causey
1207Averitt Lucas
130Landon Pembelton
1416Kade Brown
1518AAnthony Adams
1644WJustin Whitaker
1709Riley Gentry
182Brandon Pierce
1941Whitney Meggs
2095YSam Yarbrough
2132Zack Miracle
2244JConnor Jones
2322Mason Diaz
2451Matt Cox
2571Katie Hettinger
2695HJacob Heafner
277Tristan McKee
2828Ryan Glenski
2955WMark Wertz
3010Kaden Honeycutt
3102Justin Milliken
3217Ryan Millington
3399Austin Somero
3497BMichael Bumgarner
3511Blaise Brinkley
365CDexter Canipe Jr.
371Trent Barnes
3875Landon Huffman
391Jamie York
4061Justin Hicks
4147Ryley Music
4294Jamie Weatherford