Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington RacewayAt Darlington Raceway:
History
· Darlington Raceway was built as a 1.25-mile paved superspeedway in 1949-1950.
· Darlington Raceway hosted the first 500-mile race in NASCAR history and the first on asphalt on Sept. 4, 1950 – 75 cars competed in the event - Curtis Turner won the pole at 82.034 mph, and the race was won by Johnny Mantz (Plymouth, 75.250 mph, 6:38:40).
· The track was re-measured to 1.375 miles in 1953.
· The track was re-configured to 1.366 miles following the spring race in 1970.
· The track was repaved in 1995.
· The 2005 race was the first Saturday night race at Darlington.
· The track was repaved again prior to the 2008 season.
· There have been 114 NASCAR Cup Series races held at Darlington Raceway.
Starts
· 724 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway; 441 in more than one.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Darlington with 65.


· Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers with 24 series starts at Darlington; followed by Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch with 21 each.
· Fred Lorenzen (16 starts) leads the series in average starting position at Darlington with a 3.688.
· Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in the series in average starting position at Darlington with a 9.417.
· Denny Hamlin (9.4) and Erik Jones (10.0) are the only two active drivers with an average starting position inside the top 10.
· 124 different drivers have made their NASCAR Cup Series career debut at Darlington Raceway; the most recent was T.J. Bell (5/7/2011).

Poles
· A total of 49 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at least one Busch Pole Award at Darlington Raceway.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in Busch poles at Darlington with 12 - (1967, ’70, ’72, ’73 sweep, ’75 sweep, ’76 sweep, ’77, ’78 and ’82)
· Kasey Kahne leads all active drivers in Busch poles at Darlington with four (2004, ‘05, ’06 and ’11).
· Curtis Turner won the inaugural Busch Pole Award at Darlington in 1950 in an Oldsmobile with a speed of 82.034 mph.
· Nine drivers have won consecutive Busch poles at Darlington. Kasey Kahne is the only active driver with consecutive poles (2005-2006).
· David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Darlington with five (1975 - 1977).
· Youngest Darlington pole winner: Kurt Busch (09/02/2001 – 23 years, 0 months, 29 days).
· Oldest Darlington pole winner: David Pearson (09/06/1982 – 47 years, 8 months, 15 days).
· Eight drivers have posted their first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole at Darlington Raceway: Cotton Owens (1957), Fred Lorenzen (1961), Bill Elliott (1981), Ken Schrader (1987), John Andretti (1995), Kurt Busch (2001), Elliott Sadler (2003) and Clint Bowyer (2007).
· A total of 12 different manufacturers have won at least one Busch pole in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington Raceway.
· Ford leads the series in poles at Darlington with 42 poles; followed by Chevrolet (21), Mercury (13), Pontiac (10), Dodge (8), Buick (3), Oldsmobile (3), Plymouth (3), Chrysler (1), Hudson (1), Studebaker (1) and Toyota (1).

Wins
· A total of 49 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Darlington Raceway, led by David Pearson with 10 victories (1968, ’70, ’72, ’73, ’74, ’76 sweep, ’77, ’79, 80).
· Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with three wins (2004 sweep, 2012).
· Jimmie Johnson (three) and Denny Hamlin (two) are the only active multiple race winners. Only four other active drivers have won at Darlington – Martin Truex Jr. (2016), Kevin Harvick (2014), Matt Kenseth (2013) and Kyle Busch (2008).
· Six drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Cup Series win at Darlington Raceway: Johnny Mantz (1950), Nelson Stacy (1961), Larry Frank (1962), Terry Labonte (1980), Lake Speed (1988) and Regan Smith (2011).
· Youngest Darlington winner: Kyle Busch (05/10/2008 – 23 years, 0 months, 8 days).
· Oldest Darlington winner: Harry Gant (09/01/1991 – 51 years, 7 months, 22 days).

· Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins by an organization at Darlington in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with 14 victories – Tim Richmond (1986), Ricky Rudd (1991), Jeff Gordon (1995, ’96 sweep, ’97, ’98, ’02, ’07), Terry Labonte (2003), Jimmie Johnson (2004 sweep and 2012) and Mark Martin (2009).
· A total of 11 different manufacturers have won in the series at Darlington; led by Chevrolet with 41 victories; followed by Ford (28), Mercury (10), Oldsmobile (six), Toyota (six), Dodge (five), Pontiac (five), Buick (four), Plymouth (four), Hudson (three) and American Motor Company (two).
· 20 of the 114 (17.5%) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Darlington Raceway have been won from the Busch pole; the most recent was Kevin Harvick in 2015.
· A total of 11 different drivers have won from the pole at Darlington; led by NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson with four wins (1971, 1972, 1976 sweep). Kevin Harvick is the only active driver to win from the pole (2015) at Darlington.
· The first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (20) than any other starting position at Darlington. The outside front row (second-place) has produced the second-most wins (17).
· The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Darlington is 43rd by Johnny Mantz in 1950 – the inaugural MENCS event.
· 13 drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have posted consecutive wins at Darlington; Dale Earnhardt (1989-1990) and Jeff Gordon (1995-1996) are tied for the series-most in consecutive wins at Darlington with three each.
· Derrike Cope leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Darlington without visiting Victory Lane at 26; followed by Kurt Busch with 21.

Additional Finishing Position Stats
· A total of 58 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished runner-up at Darlington Raceway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty with eight each.
· Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in second-place finishes at Darlington with three; followed by Kevin Harvick with two.
· A total of 138 different drivers have finished in the top-five at Darlington Raceway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty with 25 top-five finishes.
· Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in top fives with nine; followed by Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman with seven each.
· A total of 224 different series drivers have posted top-10 finishes at Darlington Raceway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott with 35.
· Ryan Newman leads all active series drivers with 13 top 10s; followed by Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson with 12 each.
· Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Darlington with a 5.833 (12 starts).
· Two active series drivers have an average finish inside the top-10 at Darlington: Denny Hamlin (5.8) and Kyle Larson (8.7). Below are the top five in average finish at Darlington among active drivers:

Driver
Avg. Finish
Starts
Denny Hamlin
5.833
12
Kyle Larson
8.750
4
Jimmie Johnson
10.474
19
Martin Truex Jr
11.333
12
Ryan Newman
11.684
19

Track/Event Specific Stats
· Since the advent of electronic scoring (1993) the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington Raceway is the March 16, 2003 race won by Ricky Craven with a MOV of 0.002 second over Kurt Busch – the MOV is tied with the 2011 Talladega race as the closest finishes in the series using electronic scoring.

Margin Of Victory
Date
Race Winner
Runner-Up
0.002
3/16/2003
Ricky Craven
Kurt Busch
0.132
3/21/2004
Jimmie Johnson
Bobby Labonte
0.144
8/31/1997
Jeff Gordon
Jeff Burton
0.169
3/23/1997
Dale Jarrett
Ted Musgrave
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