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Race: Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Darlington, SC
Title Sponsor: Bojangle's
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:00pm/et
NASCAR Pre-Race: Fox - 6:00pm/et
Television Race Coverage: FoxSports, 6:45pm/et
In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
Pit Reporters: Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda
Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip
Virtual Garage: Jeff Hammond
SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 4:00 pm/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Wednesday, May 15 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED
Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90
MRN and AudioNow partner up: In a first for motor sports fans around the country, Motor Racing Network and AudioNow have jointly announced a new way to access live race broadcasts simply by dialing a number from any mobile device. Across the United States, race fans can dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, interviews and analysis, and weekly programming such as "NASCAR Live" and "NASCAR USA." Upcoming broadcast includes the Budweiser Duel and the season-opening Daytona 500 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday, Feb. 24. The phone number incurs no extra charges and is the equivalent of making a mobile call. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice stream is emerging as one of the most affordable pathways in the United States for listeners to use when they're away from their favorite station.(Motor Racing Network)(2-21-2013)
UPDATE: AudioNow announced new weekly content from the Motor Racing Network - providing access to live race broadcasts all season long simply by dialing a number from any telephone. Across the United States, race fans can now dial 1-832-999-1717 and listen to MRN race-day broadcasts, and catch in-depth interviews and analysis from the programs they missed. It's the equivalent of making a standard phone call and incurs no extra charges for mobile users. As data costs continue to rise on mobile devices and "unlimited voice plans" plummet, radio-by-voice streaming is an emerging, affordable pathway for fans to use when they're not in range of their favorite radio station.(AudioNow)(5-1-2013)
Times are local to the Track
Friday, May 10
9:00 - 10:30 am NNS Final Practice
11:30 am - 1:30 pm NSCS Practice
2:15 - 3:00 pm NSCS Final Practice
3:35 pm NNS Qualifying
5:10 pm NSCS Qualifying
7:00 pm NNS Driver Introductions
7:30 pm NNS VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200
Saturday, May 11
6:15 pm NSCS Driver Introductions
6:45 pm NSCS Bojangles' Southern 500
NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track
Friday, May 10, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, May 10, 2:15 - 3:00pm/et, TV-SPEED
Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, May 10 at 5:10 pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled for 12:00am/et.
Track/Race Length: 1.366 egg-shaped oval, 367 laps, 501.322 miles
Banking: Turns 1/2 - 25 degrees, width 79 ft; Turns 3/4 - 23 degrees, width 62 ft; Front - 3 degrees, Back - 2 degrees.
Frontstretch 1,229 ft long, 90 ft wide;
Backstretch - 1,229 ft long, 90 ft wide
Pit Road: Length: 2,025 feet, Width: 46 feet
Speed Limits: Pace Car - 50 mph, Pit Road - 45 mph
Track Last Repaved in early 2008
Grandstand Seating: 68,000
Grand Marshal: Cup drivers' mothers
Command to start engines: Cup drivers' mothers
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Invocation: Captain John Denny
National Anthem: Outshyne's lead singer Waylon Owings
Military Flyover: none. military cutbacks
May 2012: see my Darlington Race Info page
2012 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 133.802mph, started 2nd
Track Race Record: Kyle Busch, May 2008, 140.350mph
Slowest Race Record: Fonty Flock, Sept 1952, 74.512mph
Oldest Race Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 7 months, 22 days, 9/01/1991)
Youngest Race Winner: Kyle Busch, 23 years, 0 months, 8 days, 5/10/2008
2012 Pole Sitter: #16-Greg Biffle, 180.257mph, finished 12th
Track Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, May 2011, 181.254mph
Oldest Pole Winner: David Pearson, 47 years, 8 months, 15 days, 9/06/1982
Youngest Pole Winner: Kurt Busch, 23 years, 0 months, 29 days, 9/02/2001
Top 12 Driver Rating at Darlington:
#24-Jeff Gordon.............................. 111.8
#16-Greg Biffle................................ 110.5
#11-Denny Hamlin............................ 109.5
#48-Jimmie Johnson........................ 105.7
#18-Kyle Busch............................... 102.3
#5-Kasey Kahne.............................. 98.3
#39-Ryan Newman............................. 97.6
#56-Martin Truex Jr............................ 95.2
#99-Carl Edwards.............................. 93.9
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 90.4
#14-Tony Stewart............................... 90.0
#20-Matt Kenseth.............................. 86.5
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (8 total) among active drivers at Darlington Raceway
Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(5-7-2013)
Facts, Notes and Stats - Darlington Raceway:
· 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 - won by Johnny Mantz.
· 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 109 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Darlington Raceway. The 1.366-mile track has hosted the fourth most NASCAR Sprint Cup points paying races.
· 700 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway; 423 in more than one.
· NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Darlington with 65. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 54 starts; followed by Mark Martin with 46.
· Curtis Turner won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Darlington in 1950 with a speed of 82.034 mph.
· 47 drivers have Coors Light poles at Darlington, led by David Pearson with 12. Kasey Kahne leads all active drivers with four.
· Nine drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Darlington. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Darlington with five (1975 -1977).
· 45 different drivers have won at Darlington Raceway, led by David Pearson with 10. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven.
· Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins at Darlington in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 14.
· 11 different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Darlington; led by Chevrolet with 40 victories; followed by Ford with 28.
· 19 of the 109 (17.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Darlington have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Dale Jarrett in 1997.
· The pole starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (19) than any other starting position at Darlington. The outside front row (second-place) has produced the second most wins (17).
· 36 of the 109 (33.0%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Darlington have been won from the front row: 19 from the pole and 17 from second-place.
· 94 of the 109 (86.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Darlington have been won from a top-10 starting position.
· Six of the 109 (5.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Darlington have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
· The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Darlington was 43rd by Johnny Mantz in 1950 - the inaugural NSCS event. The furthest back an active winner has started was 23rd by Regan Smith (2011).
· Buddy Baker and Richard Petty are tied for the series most runner-up finishes at Darlington with eight each. Mark Martin leads all active drivers in second-place finishes at Darlington with six; followed by Jeff Gordon with four.
· Richard Petty leads the series in top-five finishes at Darlington with 25. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 18.
· Bill Elliott leads the series in top-10 finishes at Darlington with 35. Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 26.
· Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Darlington with a 6.719.
· Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Darlington with a 5.857.
· Three active NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have an average finish in the top 10 at Darlington: Denny Hamlin (5.8), Jimmie Johnson (9.1) and Brad Keselowski (9.2).
· 13 drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series have posted consecutive wins at Darlington; Dale Earnhardt (1989-1990) and Jeff Gordon (1995-1996) are tied for the series lead in consecutive wins at Darlington with three each.
· All 10 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Darlington Raceway participated in at least two or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Among active drivers, Kyle Busch won at Darlington in the fewest previous appearances (three).
· Mark Martin competed at Darlington Raceway 15 times before winning in 2009; the longest span of any of the 10 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
· Among the 10 active NSCS Darlington winners Mark Martin (15), Bobby Labonte (14) and Jeff Burton (10) all made 10 or more attempts before their first win.
· Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Darlington Raceway was the (3/16/2003) race won by Ricky Craven with a MOV of 0.002 second - the MOV is tied with the 2011 Talladega race as the closest finishes in the NSCS using electronic scoring.
· There have been three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Darlington Raceway: 2005 (367/370), 2011 (367/370) and 2012 (367/368).
· Eight of the 109 races at Darlington Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the fall race of 2000.
· Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Darlington Raceway five times; most recently was the fall race of 2004.
· Kurt Busch (9/2/2001) and Clint Bowyer (5/13/2007) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Coors Light poles at Darlington.
· Regan Smith (5/7/2011) and Terry Labonte (9/1/1980) posted their first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at Darlington.
· Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Darlington with 1,720 laps led in 32 starts.
· Three female drivers have competed at Darlington Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series -
o Janet Guthrie - (9/5/1977) - starting 26th and finishing 16th
o Shawna Robinson - (3/17/2002) - starting 42nd and finishing 42nd
o Danica Patrick - (5/12/2012) - starting 38th and finishing 31st (NASCAR)(5-7-2013)
For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Darlington Raceway Track News/Rumors/Links page
Kenseth wins at Darlington: #20-Matt Kenseth won the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway for his 3rd win of 2013, 1st win at Darlington and 27th career win. He took the lead from #18-Busch with 13 laps to go and pulled away to win by more than 3 seconds. Kenseth was running with Wally Brown acting as his crew chief while Jason Ratcliff served his one race suspension.
#11-Hamlin, in his first full race back since being injured at Auto Club Speedway, finished 2nd followed by #24-Gordon (his 300th career top-5 finish), #48-Johnson, #29-Harvick, #18-Busch (who dominated much of the race, leading 265 laps, before fading late), #99-Edwards, #42-Montoya, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., and #39-Newman.
Pole sitter #78-Busch struggled with an ill-handling car and finished 14th.
A long stretch of green flag laps put as few at 10 cars on the lead lap at one point, before late cautions allowed 17 drivers to finish on the lead lap.
There were 9 lead changes among 4 drivers and 5 cautions for 25 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 141.383mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Darlington Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Darlington Penalty Report (pdf)
And see the Official Darlington Race and Points Report.
Race Fast Facts - Darlington:
Matt Kenseth won the 64th Annual Bojangles' Southern 500, his 27th victory in 483 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his third victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2013.
This is his first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 20 races at Darlington Raceway.
The average race speed of 141.386 mph is a track record. The previous record was 140.350 mph, set by Kyle Busch in May 2008.
Denny Hamlin (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in eight races at Darlington Raceway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2013.
Jeff Gordon (third) posted his 22nd top-10 finish in 33 races at Darlington Raceway. This was his 300th top-five finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series becoming only the fourth driver to accomplish this feat, joining David Pearson, Bobby Allison and Richard Petty.
Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 44 points over Carl Edwards.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(5-11-2013)
2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
[after Darlington, race 11 of 36]
1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 423
2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 379, -43
3) #20-Matt Kenseth [3 wins], 364, -59
4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 359, -64
5) #15-Clint Bowyer, 349, -74
6) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 326, -97
7) #2-Brad Keselowski, 326, -97
8) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 325, -98
9) #43-Aric Almirola, 317, -106
10) #29-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 315, -108
11) #27-Paul Menard, 315, -108
12) #24-Jeff Gordon, 311, -112
2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
#16-Greg Biffle, 13th
#56-Martin Truex Jr., 14th
#14-Tony Stewart, 21st
#11-Denny Hamlin, 27th [missed 4 races with injury]
(ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Darlington: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #39-Newman, 10th
Caution 2: #42-Montoya, 8th
Caution 3: #15-Bowyer, 11th
Caution 4: ##39-Newman (2), 10th
Caution 5: #1-McMurray, 16th
Race Coverage of the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2013.
Television (TV): FOX at 6:45 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 6:00 pm/et; green flag approx. 7:00pm/et
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: SPEED, Wednesday, May 15 at 12:00pm/et
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway have been made.
Pole sitter #78-Busch chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #48-Johnson took pit stall 21, the first pit stall behind the start finish line.
#18-Busch, who starts 3rd took the 7th pit stall, with an opening behind it.
The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #88-Earnhardt, Jr, who starts 16th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-10-2013)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (wiil be added as available)
Official Race Report
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.
Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.
See Jayski's - 2013 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race
Kurt Busch wins Darlington pole: #78-Kurt Busch won the pole for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway with speed of 181.918mph, a new track record, for his 1st pole of 2013 and 16th of his career. #48-Johnson is on the outside pole, followed by #18-Busch, #5-Kahne, #56-Truex, Jr., #11-Hamlin, #20-Kenseth, #24-Gordon, #16-Biffle, and #29-Harvick. There were 43 cars entered so no one missed the race.
See the starting lineup, pole progression, qualifying results, qualifying order, qualifying rules on the Darlington Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(5-10-2013)
Qualifying Fast Facts - Darlington:
Kurt Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 64th Annual Bojangles' Southern 500 with a lap of 27.032 seconds, 181.918 mph. This is a track record, which was previously set by Kasey Kahne in 2011 with a lap of 181.254 mph.
This is his 16th pole in 446 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2013.
This is his second pole in 17 races at Darlington Raceway.
He was the youngest pole winner at Darlington Raceway when he won the pole in September 2001. He was 23 years and 29 days old.
Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2013 and his eighth in 15 races at Darlington Raceway.
Kyle Busch (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Darlington Raceway. It is his eighth in 11 races this season.
Coverage of Qualifying for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is scheduled for Friday, May 10, 2013 at 5:10pm/et.
Television (TV): SPEED, 5:00pm/et
Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 12:00am/et
Qualifying Order for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #10-Patrick.
The final driver scheduled to go out is #51-Smith.
Fastest in second Friday practice, #42-Montoya, is scheduled to qualify 6th.
Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
See the full qualifying order on the Darlington Qualifying Page.(5-10-2013)
Final practice for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over after 45 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and any notes:
#17-Stenhouse, Jr. 176.809
slowest: #7-Blaney 166.953 & #36-Yeley 166.326. No speed: #87-Nemechek.
Notes: Qualifying will start at 5:10pm/et today and shown on SPEED. With 43 cars at the track, everyone will make the race.
See fastest laps, best ten-lap average, laps run and more on the Darlington Practice 2 Speeds (pdf) page.
First Friday practice for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over after 120 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and any notes:
#88-Earnhardt, Jr. 172.596
slowest: #30-Stremme 166.444 & #35-Wise 166.337.
Notes: #16-Biffle got a Darlington stripe early in the session. The team repaired the car. #36-Yeley, #30-Stremme, and #24-Gordon also scraped the wall, with only minor damage. #10-Patrick hit the wall hard enough that she will have to go to a backup car.
See fastest laps, best ten-lap average, laps run and more on the Darlington Practice 1 Speeds (pdf) page.
Entry List for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #51-Smith, #19-Bliss and #11-Hamlin #52-Keselowski would had to get in by speed and be in the top 36 in speed as the team is too far down the owners points list to use a provisional.
#52-Brian Keselowski has withdrawn.(5-9-2013)
See the full entry list at my Jayski's Darlington Entry List
For the 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
[after Talladega, race 10 of 36]
1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [2 wins], 383
2) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 342, -41
3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 324, -59
4) #15-Clint Bowyer, 316, -67
5) #2-Brad Keselowski, 314, -69
6) #5-Kasey Kahne [1 win], 299, -84
7) #43-Aric Almirola, 293, -90
8) #27-Paul Menard, 290, -93
9) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 285, -98
10) #16-Greg Biffle, 280, -103
11) #20-Matt Kenseth [2 wins], 279, -104
12) #29-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 276, -107
2012 Chase drivers out of top 12
#56-Martin Truex Jr., 13th
#24-Jeff Gordon, 14th
#14-Tony Stewart, 22nd
#11-Denny Hamlin, 31st [missed 4 races with injury]
(ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd, etc)
See drivers championship points standings on the Drivers Points Standings (pdf) and the owner points standings on the Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
Chassis selections for Darlington: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Darlington Raceway:
MISSING? why are some teams missing? some teams do not report what chassis in the race previews, press releases or websites.
#1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
#2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-838 - Last Raced - Phoenix (finished fourth); Backup Chassis: PRS-847 - Last Raced: Richmond backup (not yet raced)
#5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-739 for Saturday night's event at Darlington. This is a new chassis.
#9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 team has prepared chassis No. 842 for Darlington. Ambrose previously drove this chassis at Auto Club Speedway earlier this year.
#10-Danica Patrick Chassis No. 10-751: Chassis No. 10-751 was first used by Patrick in October 2012 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City when Patrick started 40th and finished 32nd after an accident ended her day after just 154 of 267 laps. Patrick then tested the car in the Sprint Cup Series open test in January at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. The last time chassis 10-751 was used was in March at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where Patrick started 37th and finished 33rd.
#11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-708: This car debuted in last year's Southern 500 at Darlington where Stewart rallied Chassis No. 14-708 from its 17th-place starting spot to finish third. Its second start came in June at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. It endured a much different outing, qualifying 29th and finishing 25th, 69 laps down after getting caught up in a 12-car accident on lap 10 of the 400-lap race around the 1-mile, concrete oval. With new sheetmetal all around, Chassis No. 14-708 returned to the concrete for its third career start in August for the night race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. There, the car rallied from being a lap down in 34th place early in the race to vying for the lead with Matt Kenseth on lap 333. Stewart and Kenseth banged fenders and crashed, whereupon Stewart threw his helmet with pinpoint accuracy at Kenseth's car. The resulting 27th-place finish was at least offset by the "10" Stewart received from the Bristol crowd. Chassis No. 14-708 made its fourth career start and second at Dover in the AAA 400 in September. Its struggles on concrete persisted, as it qualified 24th and finished three laps down in 20th. With 2013 Chevrolet SS bodywork covering it, Chassis No. 14-708 returned to racing in March at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., for the Auto Club 400. With 10 laps remaining, Stewart was third and in prime position for his best finish of the season. But a block by Joey Logano on the lap-190 restart forced Stewart to make an evasive move to the inside of the tri-oval, thwarting his forward momentum. A freight train of cars passed Stewart, jettisoning him to a disappointing 22nd-place finish. Chassis No. 14-708 will make it sixth career start and second this season in the Southern 500 at Darlington.
#15-Clint Bowyer: chassis not reported on race preview.
#16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-809 Last ran Texas in 2012 - finished 10th. Backup Chassis: RK-822 Last ran Martinsville - finished 9th.
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Chassis RK-815 is the same chassis that the No.17 team ran at Fontana finishing a respectable 20th. The backup Chassis RK-811 was a chassis that the No. 99 ran numerous times in 2012.
#18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
#20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
#22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-839 - Last Raced - Phoenix (finished 26th); Backup Chassis: PRS-844 - Last Raced: Backup at several races (not yet raced)
#24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
#27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 414 at Darlington Raceway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was previously run this season at Auto Club Speedway finishing eighth.
#29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 383 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the Southern 500. This is the same Chevrolet the Bakersfield, Calif., native drove to Victory Lane at Phoenix International Raceway last November and a 13th-place result in March.
#31-Jeff Burton will race chassis No. 416 this weekend at Darlington Raceway. This No. 31 Chevrolet has been utilized twice this season, at Auto Club Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
#34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
#35-Josh Wise chassis not reported on race preview.
#38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
#39-Ryan Newman Chassis No. 39-733: Chassis No. 39-733 debuted at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July 2012, when Newman and his team overcame ill handling and used quick pit work to help engineer a run into the top-10. The crew turned the car around in just a couple of days and took it to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, where it finished sixth. Two weeks later, the chassis was back on track at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, where it finished eighth. The chassis earned its first top-five finish at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. The chassis next raced three weeks later at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. The chassis made its last start of the 2012 season at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City in October, when Newman was involved in an incident that forced him to retire from the event prematurely. Chassis No. 39-733 was outfitted with a new front clip and a Chevrolet SS body, and saw its first laps of the 2013 season at Kansas last month, where Newman finished 14th.
#42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
#43-Aric Almirola:: The No. 43 team has prepared chassis No. 839 for Darlington. Almirola drove chassis No. 839 at Auto Club Speedway in March where he drove from a 23rd starting spot to finish 14th.
#47-Bobby Labonte chassis not reported on race preview.
#48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 728 at Darlington. Chassis No. 720 serves as the backup.
#55-Mark Martin: chassis not reported on race preview.
#56-Martin Truex Jr.: chassis not reported on race preview.
#78-Kurt Busch chassis not reported on race preview.
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-745. Earnhardt last raced this chassis to a sixth-place finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in March.
#99-Carl Edwards RK - 806 last ran in Bristol. RK - 831 backup - last taken to Kansas as backup chassis
(from team PR's/sites if reported)(5-9-2013)
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
Nationwide: 6 sets for the event
Number of Tires:
Sprint Cup: Left-side - 1,350, Right-side -- 1,350;
Nationwide: Left-side - 475, Right-side -- 475
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4552
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 52 psi; Right Rear -- 48 psi
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same Goodyear tire codes at Darlington this week . . . this is the same left-side tire code (D-4392) that teams in these two series ran at Darlington the last two seasons . . . these teams have also run this left-side tire at Texas (including earlier this season), Homestead and Chicagoland in the past . . . this is the first time these teams have run this right-side tire code (D-4552) at Darlington, though they did run it at Charlotte last season and will do so again later this month . . . compared to what was run at Darlington last year, this right-side tire features just a slight construction change to bring it into line with what is run at similar speedways . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test with the Gen-6 car at Darlington on February 5 . . . drivers and teams participating in that test were Carl Edwards in the No. 99 Roush Fenway Ford, Denny Hamlin the #11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Paul Menard in the #27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, Juan Pablo Montoya in the #42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet and Martin Truex Jr. in the #56 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Darlington . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
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