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

   

  • Number of previous races: 109.
  • First Sprint Cup race: September 4, 1950, won by Johnny Mantz.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: May 12, 2012, won by Jimmie Johnson.
  • Won from pole: 19, last time by Dale Jarrett in 1997.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 69 times in 109 races (63%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 94 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 2008-2012 a typical Darlington race had 24.2 lead changes, 11.0 cautions for 48.8 laps, and an average green-flag run of 26.6 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet (40), 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 (14), 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 (26) Kyle Petty (51)
    Top 10: Casey Mears (11) Jimmy Means (34)
    Pole: Terry Labonte (54) Ricky Rudd, Dave Marcis (58)
    Lap led: Five drivers (6) J.D. McDuffie (39)
    Lead-lap finish: David Stremme (6) 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: Jeff Gordon (18) Richard Petty (25)
    Top 10s: Mark Martin (26) Bill Elliott (35)
    Poles: Kasey Kahne (4) David Pearson (12)
    Laps: Terry Labonte (16,175) Ricky Rudd (17,582)
    Laps led: Jeff Gordon (1,720) Dale Earnhardt (2,648)
    Lead-lap finishes: Mark Martin (29) Mark Martin (29)


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

    1. Denny Hamlin (5.9)
    2. Jimmie Johnson (9.1)
    3. Brad Keselowski (9.2)
    4. Martin Truex, Jr. (11.3)
    5. Tony Stewart (11.8)
    6. Jeff Gordon (11.8)
    7. Jeff Burton (12.3)
    8. Mark Martin (12.4)
    9. Ryan Newman (12.4)
    10. Carl Edwards (13.1)


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

    1. Michael McDowell (37.0)
    2. Sam Hornish, Jr. (33.0)
    3. Scott Speed (32.0)
    4. J.J. Yeley (31.2)
    5. David Stremme (31.2)
    6. David Gilliland (30.8)
    7. Scott Riggs (29.7)
    8. Casey Mears (29.5)
    9. A.J. Allmendinger (28.3)
    10. Brian Vickers (27.1)


    Current top-10 drivers at Darlington:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Jimmie Johnson 14 3 7 10 0 4733 543 12.5 9.1 105.7
    Carl Edwards 9 0 3 6 0 3171 94 15.8 13.1 93.9
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 18 0 3 7 0 6100 171 17.3 15.3 90.4
    Clint Bowyer 7 0 0 1 1 2382 16 19.7 22.6 75.4
    Brad Keselowski 4 0 1 2 0 1472 0 16.2 9.2 84.5
    Kasey Kahne 10 0 3 4 4 3599 328 8.4 13.9 98.3
    Aric Almirola 1 0 0 0 0 368 0 13.0 19.0 67.3
    Paul Menard 6 0 0 0 0 2161 0 26.0 24.5 57.3
    Kyle Busch 8 1 2 4 0 2849 323 18.6 15.5 102.3
    Greg Biffle 12 2 2 5 2 4126 713 9.5 14.0 110.5

    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 (111.8), Denny Hamlin (109.5), Kasey Kahne (98.3), Ryan Newman (97.6), Martin Truex, Jr. (95.2), Tony Stewart (90.0), Matt Kenseth (86.5), Kevin Harvick (84.4), Jeff Burton (84.1), Jamie McMurray (83.9), Mark Martin (83.7).