Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington RacewayBojangles' Southern 500 Fact Sheet

Track facts for Darlington Raceway:

* Number of previous races: 115.
* First Cup race: September 4, 1950, won by Johnny Mantz.
* Last Cup race: September 2, 2018, won by Brad Keselowski
* Won from pole: 20, last time by Kevin Harvick in 2014.
* Won from top-5 starting position: 70 times in 115 races (61%).
* Won from top-10 starting position: 98 times (85%).
* 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 1950.
* 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: 183.479 mph by Kevin Harvick in 2014.
* Most lead changes: 41 in 1982.
* Closest finish: Ricky Craven's .002 second margin over Kurt Busch in 2003.
* Most caution flags: 18 in 2015.
* From 2014-2018 a typical Darlington race had 17.4 lead changes, 10.6 cautions for 52.8 laps, and an average green-flag run of 27.2 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

* Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet (41), Ford (29), Mercury (10), Oldsmobile (6), Toyota (6), Dodge (5), Pontiac (5), Buick (4), Plymouth (4), Hudson (3), AMC (2).
* Most victories by owner: Rick Hendrick (14), Junior Johnson-Richard Howard (11), Holman-Moody (8), Richard Childress (8), Wood Brothers (8), Joe Gibbs (6), Jack Roush (5).

Driver Notes:
* The most Darlington races without a:

  Active Drivers All-Time
Win: Kurt Busch (22 races) Dave Marcis (58 races)
Top 5: Casey Mears (15) Kyle Petty (51)
Top 10: Casey Mears (15) Jimmy Means (34)
Pole: Jimmie Johnson (20) Ricky Rudd, Dave Marcis (58)
Lap led: Paul Menard (12) J.D. McDuffie (39)
Lead-lap finish: Michael McDowell (7) J.D. McDuffie (39)

 

* Top career marks at Darlington:

  Active Drivers All-Time
Races: Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick (22) Richard Petty (65)
Wins: Jimmie Johnson (3) David Pearson (10)
Top 5s: Jimmie Johnson (9) Richard Petty (25)
Top 10s: Ryan Newman (13) Bill Elliott (35)
Poles: Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick (2) David Pearson (12)
Laps: Kurt Busch (7,603) Ricky Rudd (17,582)
Laps led: Kyle Busch (598) Dale Earnhardt (2,648)
Lead-lap finishes: Kevin Harvick (16) Mark Martin (29)

 

Best average finish among active drivers at Darlington (3 or more starts):
1. Denny Hamlin (6.2)
2. Kyle Larson (7.6)
3. Brad Keselowski (11.3)
4. Martin Truex, Jr. (11.3)
5. Kyle Busch (11.6)
6. Jimmie Johnson (11.9)
7. Ryan Newman (12.1)
8. Austin Dillon (13.0)
9. Kevin Harvick (14.8)
10. Jamie McMurray (15.2)

Worst average finish among active drivers at Darlington (3 or more starts):
1. Jeffrey Earnhardt (34.0)
2. J.J. Yeley (31.9)
3. Reed Sorenson (31.6)
4. Michael McDowell (31.3)
5. Matt DiBenedetto (29.0)
6. Casey Mears (28.9)
7. Landon Cassill (26.4)
8. David Ragan (25.7)
9. Alex Bowman (25.3)
10. Paul Menard (23.5)

 Current top-10 drivers at Darlington:

Driver Races Win T5 T10 Pole Laps Led AvSt AvFin Rating
Kyle Busch 14 1 3 9 0 5,058 598 13.1 11.6 104.5
Joey Logano 10 0 3 5 0 3,607 103 11.3 16.7 89.7
Denny Hamlin 13 2 7 11 1 4,782 562 8.8 6.2 109.0
Martin Truex, Jr. 13 1 2 6 0 4,778 232 15.9 11.3 100.1
Kevin Harvick 22 1 7 11 2 7,475 581 14.5 14.8 100.9
Brad Keselowski 10 1 3 5 1 3,671 274 11.8 11.3 98.1
Chase Elliott 4 0 1 2 0 1,327 0 16.0 16.8 82.4
Kurt Busch 22 0 3 8 2 7,603 266 11.2 16.9 86.6
Ryan Blaney 4 0 0 0 0 1,456 0 15.5 22.2 66.8
Alex Bowman 3 0 0 0 0 1101 0 24.3 25.3 52.1

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: Kyle Larson (108.1), Jimmie Johnson (97.6), Ryan Newman (92.0), Jamie McMurray (82.9).