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Bojangles' Southern 500 Fact Sheet
Compiled by racing-reference.info

Track facts for Darlington Raceway:

   

  • Number of previous races: 110.
  • First Sprint Cup race: September 4, 1950, won by Johnny Mantz.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: May 11, 2013, won by Matt Kenseth.
  • Won from pole: 19, last time by Dale Jarrett in 1997.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 69 times in 110 races (63%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 95 times (86%).
  • Won from 21st or worse starting position: 6 times (5%).
  • 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: 141.383 mph by Matt Kenseth in 2013.
    • Fastest qualifying speed: 181.918 mph by Kurt Busch in 2013.
    • 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 2009-2013 a typical Darlington race had 19.0 lead changes, 10.4 cautions for 47.6 laps, and an average green-flag run of 28.1 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet (40), Ford (28), Mercury (10), Oldsmobile (6), Dodge (5), Pontiac (5), Buick (4), Plymouth (4), Hudson (3), Toyota (3), AMC (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: Michael Waltrip (43 races) Dave Marcis (58 races)
    Top 5: Joe Nemechek (27) Kyle Petty (51)
    Top 10: Casey Mears (12) Jimmy Means (34)
    Pole: Terry Labonte (54) Ricky Rudd, Dave Marcis (58)
    Lap led: Paul Menard, David Stremme (7) J.D. McDuffie (39)
    Lead-lap finish: David Stremme (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: Jeff Gordon (19) Richard Petty (25)
    Top 10s: Jeff Gordon (22) Bill Elliott (35)
    Poles: Kasey Kahne (4) David Pearson (12)
    Laps: Terry Labonte (16,175) Ricky Rudd (17,582)
    Laps led: Jeff Gordon (1,736) Dale Earnhardt (2,648)
    Lead-lap finishes: Jeff Gordon (23) Mark Martin (29)


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

    1. Denny Hamlin (5.4)
    2. Jimmie Johnson (8.8)
    3. Martin Truex, Jr. (11.4)
    4. Jeff Gordon (11.5)
    5. Tony Stewart (12.0)
    6. Ryan Newman (12.3)
    7. Carl Edwards (12.5)
    8. Jeff Burton (12.6)
    9. Brad Keselowski (13.8)
    10. Greg Biffle (13.9)


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

    1. Michael McDowell (38.2)
    2. Sam Hornish, Jr. (33.0)
    3. David Stremme (32.4)
    4. J.J. Yeley (31.7)
    5. David Gilliland (30.6)
    6. Casey Mears (30.1)
    7. Reed Sorenson (29.2)
    8. Landon Cassill (28.3)
    9. A.J. Allmendinger (28.3)
    10. Brian Vickers (27.1)


    Current top-10 drivers at Darlington:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Jeff Gordon 33 7 19 22 3 10350 1736 6.8 11.5 111.8
    Matt Kenseth 20 1 2 9 1 6616 171 20.8 16.6 90.9
    Carl Edwards 10 0 3 7 0 3538 94 15.9 12.5 93.4
    Joey Logano 5 0 0 2 0 1781 19 17.2 20.6 76.5
    Kyle Busch 9 1 2 5 0 3216 588 16.9 14.4 106.2
    Jimmie Johnson 15 3 8 11 0 5100 543 11.8 8.8 107.5
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 19 0 3 8 0 6467 171 17.2 14.9 91.4
    Brad Keselowski 5 0 1 2 0 1830 0 18.2 13.8 81.5
    Brian Vickers 9 0 0 1 0 2792 10 17.4 27.1 67.6
    Paul Menard 7 0 0 0 0 2527 0 24.4 23.7 60.0

    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: Denny Hamlin (108.9), Greg Biffle (107.5), Kasey Kahne (99.1), Ryan Newman (95.8), Martin Truex, Jr. (94.8), Tony Stewart (89.6), Kevin Harvick (86.9), Jeff Burton (82.9), Jamie McMurray (82.6), Kurt Busch (82.4).