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Bojangles' Southern 500 Fact Sheet
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Track facts for Darlington Raceway:

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  • Number of previous races: 108.
  • First Sprint Cup race: September 4, 1950, won by Johnny Mantz.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: May 7, 2011, won by Regan Smith.
  • Won from pole: 19, last time by Dale Jarrett in 1997.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 68 times in 108 races (63%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 93 times (86%).
  • Won from 21st or worse starting position: 6 times (6%).
  • Worst starting spot for race winner: 43rd, by Johnny Mantz in 1950.
  • Most laps led: 351, by Johnny Mantz in 19570.
  • Fewest laps led by a race winner: 1, by Ricky Craven in 2003.
  • Track records:
    • Fastest race: 140.350 mph by Kyle Busch in 2008.
    • Fastest qualifying speed: 181.254 mph by Kasey Kahne in 2011.
    • Most lead changes: 41 in 1982.
    • Closest finish: Ricky Craven's .002 second margin over Kurt Busch in 2003.
    • Most caution flags: 17 in 2009.

  • From 2007-2011 a typical Darlington race had 24.0 lead changes, 11.4 cautions for 50.0 laps, and an average green-flag run of 25.6 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet (39), Ford (28), Mercury (10), Oldsmobile (6), Dodge (5), Pontiac (5), Buick (4), Plymouth (4), Hudson (3), AMC (2), Toyota (2).
  • Most victories by owner: Rick Hendrick (13), Junior Johnson-Richard Howard (11), Holman-Moody (8), Richard Childress (8), Wood Brothers (8).

Driver Notes:

  • The most Darlington races without a:
  •  Active DriversAll-Time
    Win: Ken Schrader (44 races) Dave Marcis (58 races)
    Top 5: Joe Nemechek (25) Kyle Petty (51)
    Top 10: Jeff Green (12) Jimmy Means (34)
    Pole: Terry Labonte (54) Ricky Rudd, Dave Marcis (58)
    Lap led: Kenny Wallace (20) J.D. McDuffie (39)
    Lead-lap finish: Tony Raines (7) J.D. McDuffie (39)


  • Top career marks at Darlington:
  •  Active DriversAll-Time
    Races: Terry Labonte (54) Richard Petty (65)
    Wins: Jeff Gordon (7) David Pearson (10)
    Top 5s: Bill Elliott (22) Richard Petty (25)
    Top 10s: Bill Elliott (35) Bill Elliott (35)
    Poles: Bill Elliott (5) David Pearson (12)
    Laps: Bill Elliott (17,477) Ricky Rudd (17,582)
    Laps led: Jeff Gordon (1,720) Dale Earnhardt (2,648)
    Lead-lap finishes: Mark Martin (28) Mark Martin (28)


  • Best average finish among active drivers at Darlington (3 or more starts):

    1. Denny Hamlin (6.5)
    2. Brad Keselowski (7.3)
    3. Bill Elliott (9.4)
    4. Jimmie Johnson (9.8)
    5. Jeff Gordon (11.1)
    6. Ryan Newman (11.6)
    7. Jeff Burton (12.1)
    8. Mark Martin (12.2)
    9. Tony Stewart (12.3)
    10. Martin Truex, Jr. (12.3)


  • Worst average finish among active drivers at Darlington (3 or more starts):

    1. Hermie Sadler (40.3)
    2. Michael McDowell (37.0)
    3. Stacy Compton (35.2)
    4. Tony Raines (34.0)
    5. Sam Hornish, Jr. (33.0)
    6. David Gilliland (32.0)
    7. Casey Mears (30.2)
    8. J.J. Yeley (30.0)
    9. Scott Riggs (29.7)
    10. David Stremme (29.6)


    Current top-10 drivers at Darlington:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Greg Biffle 11 2 2 5 1 3758 639 10.3 14.2 109.7
    Matt Kenseth 18 0 1 7 1 5881 154 21.7 18.1 85.1
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 17 0 3 7 0 5732 170 16.9 15.2 92.5
    Denny Hamlin 6 1 2 5 0 2205 298 11.2 6.5 108.3
    Kevin Harvick 15 0 2 5 0 4899 63 17.3 18.9 84.3
    Martin Truex, Jr. 6 0 0 2 0 2204 73 27.3 12.3 91.5
    Tony Stewart 19 0 3 10 0 6199 20 17.1 12.3 88.1
    Jimmie Johnson 13 2 6 9 0 4365 409 15.3 9.8 100.6
    Kyle Busch 7 1 1 3 0 2481 279 20.6 17.1 99.6
    Clint Bowyer 6 0 0 1 1 2014 16 18.7 24.5 73.6

    Driver Rating is based on a formula developed by NASCAR which combines "loop data" elements such as average running position, average speed under green, number of fastest laps, etc. There is a maximum of 150 points that a driver can earn for each race. Driver Rating is not available for races prior to 2005.

    Other notable Driver Ratings at Darlington: Jeff Gordon (116.2), Ryan Newman (100.2), Kasey Kahne (96.7), Carl Edwards (92.4), Brad Keselowski (87.3), Jamie McMurray (86.8), Mark Martin (86.4), Jeff Burton (86.1).