NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Bojangles' Southern 500

TRACK: Darlington Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #8 of 36 for the 2014 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Saturday, April 12, 2014 in Darlington, SC

Title Sponsor: Bojangles

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 6:45pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Wednesday, April 9
8:30pm NSCS Haulers Enter

Thursday, April 10
11:30 am NSCS Garage Opens
6:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Friday, April 11
10:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
11:30am - 1:00 pm NSCS Practice
2:00 - 3:00 pm NSCS Final Practice
6:10pm NSCS Qualifying
8:00pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, April 12
12:30 pm NSCS Garage Opens
4:30 pm NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
6:30pm NSCS Bojangles' Southern 500 race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

All times above are listed in LOCAL Time


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, April 11, 11:30am - 1:00 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, April 11 2:00 - 3:00pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, April 11 at 6:10 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled at 4:30am/et on FS1.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2014: $5,769,905
2013: $5,712,982
2012: $5,663,476
2011: $5,531,600
2010: $5,547,816
2009: $5,666,384
2008: $5,618,601
2007: $5,507,009
2006: $5,410,760
2005: $5,338,043
2004: $5,219,075
2003: $4,695,345


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    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
    Opened: 1950

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Bojangles CEO Clifton Rutledge
    Command to start engines: Clifton Rutledge
    Invocation: John Bumgardner, Past of First Presbyterian Church, Dillon, SC
    National Anthem: Miss South Carolina, Brooke Mosteller
    Flyover: 2 older military planes, Cavannagh Flight Museum

  • Track Websites:
    Darlington Raceway
    Facebook: Darlington Raceway
    Twitter: TooToughToTame
    ISC Motorsports
    Darlington Raceway App

  • May 2013: see the Darlington Race Info page

  • 2013 Race Winner: #20-Matt Kenseth, 141.383 mph, started 7th

  • Track Race Record: Matt Kenseth, May 2013, 141.383mph

  • 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

  • 2013 Pole Winner: #78-Kurt Busch, 181.918mph, finished 14th

  • 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 10 Driver Ratings at Darlington:
    #24-Jeff Gordon.............................. 111.8
    #11-Denny Hamlin............................ 108.9
    #16-Greg Biffle................................ 107.5
    #48-Jimmie Johnson........................ 107.5
    #18-Kyle Busch............................... 106.2
    #5-Kasey Kahne.............................. 99.1
    #31-Ryan Newman............................. 95.8
    #78-Martin Truex Jr............................ 94.8
    #99-Carl Edwards.............................. 93.4
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 91.4
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races(9 total) among 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.(NASCAR)

  • Darlington Notes and Facts - Saturday: race:
    · 702 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway; 426 in more than one.
    · Eight of the 110 races at Darlington Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the fall race of 2000.
    · Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Darlington Raceway was the (03/16/2003) 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).
    · 46 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.
    · The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Darlington was 43rd by Johnny Mantz in 1950 - the inaugural NSCS event.
    (NASCAR)(4-12-2014)

  • Darlington Notes and Facts - Friday: poles:
    · 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).
    · Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Darlington with a 6.758.
    · 19 of the 110 (17.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Darlington have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Dale Jarrett in 1997. NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson has won from the pole four times at Darlington - the series' most.
    · The Coors Light 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).
    · 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.
    · 36 of the 110 (32.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Darlington have been won from the front row: 19 from the pole and 17 from second-place.
    · 95 of the 110 (86.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Darlington have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    · Six of the 110 (5.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Darlington have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.(NASCAR)(4-11-2014)

  • Darlington Notes and Facts - Thursday: drivers
    · NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Darlington with 65. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 33 starts; followed by Joe Nemechek with 27.
    · Buddy Baker and Richard Petty are tied for the series most runner-up finishes at Darlington with eight each. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in second-place finishes at Darlington with four.
    · Richard Petty leads the series in top-five finishes at Darlington with 25. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 19.
    · Bill Elliott leads the series in top-10 finishes at Darlington with 35. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 22.
    · Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Darlington with a 5.375.
    · Two active NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have an average finish in the top 10 at Darlington: Denny Hamlin (5.3) and Jimmie Johnson (8.8).
    · 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 six 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).
    · Matt Kenseth competed at Darlington Raceway 19 times before winning last season; the longest span of any the six active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    · Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Darlington without visiting Victory Lane at 27.
    · Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Darlington with 1,736 laps led in 33 starts.(NASCAR)(4-10-2014)

  • Darlington Notes and Facts - Wednesday: history, track:
    · 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 110 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Darlington Raceway. The 1.366-mile track has hosted the fourth most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying races.(NASCAR)(4-9-2014)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Darlington Raceway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Harvick wins at Darlington: #4-Kevin Harvick won the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway for his 2nd win of 2014 and his 25th career win. Harvick is the first driver in 2014 to win two races. The race had two -green-white-checked attempts, running 7 extra laps. Harvick led the most laps with 238 of 374. Harvick is the first driver to win at Darlington from the pole since Dale Jarrett did it in March 1997 [400 miles] and the first driver to win the Southern 500 from the pole since Dale Earnhardt won in September 1990. Harvick has now won a Southern 500, Daytona 500, Brickyard 400 and Coca-Cola 600.
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. finished 2nd followed by #48-Johnson, #20-Kenseth, #16-Biffle, #18-Busch, #24-Gordon, #42-Larson, #14-Stewart and #31-Newman.
    #42-Lason was the rookie of the race, finishing 8th.
    #24-Gordon, who came into the race as the points leader finished 7th and holds on to the points lead by 1 point over #20-Kenseth. #4-Harivick leads the Chase Seeding with two wins followed by #99-Edwards, who has a win and is 3rd in points.
    There were 22 lead changes among 12 drivers and there were 11 cautions for 50 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 131.211 mph.
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Darlington Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-12-2014)

  • Race Fast Facts - Darlington Raceway:
    #4-Kevin Harvick won the 65th Annual Bojangles' Southern 500, his 25th victory in 474 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and third top-10 finish in 2014.
    This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 18 races at Darlington Raceway.
    Harvick becomes the first driver to win from the pole at Darlington Raceway (not the Southern 500) since Dale Jarrett in 1997.
    With two wins, Harvick is now guaranteed to be among the top 15 winners - virtually guaranteeing a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 20 races at Darlington Raceway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2014.
    Earnhardt's runner-up finish is his career-best at Darlington Raceway. His previous best was fourth (March 17, 2002 and May 10, 2008)
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 16 races at Darlington Raceway.
    #42-Kyle Larson (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #24-Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 1 points over #20-Matt Kenseth.(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-12-2014)

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Darlington, race 8 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon, 297
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 296, -1
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 278, -19
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 271, -26
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 270, -27
    6) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 269, -28
    7) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 246, -51
    8) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 245, -52
    9) #31-Ryan Newman, 236, -61
    10) #3-Austin Dillon, 235, -62
    Other drivers with at least one win, should make the Chase:
    22) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 186, -111
    26) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 164, -133
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Darlington Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-12-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seedings:
    [after Darlington, race 8 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick, 2 wins, 22nd in points
    2) #99-Carl Edwards, 1 win, 3rd in points
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1 win, 4th
    4) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 6th
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski, 1 win, 7th
    6) #22-Joey Logano, 1 win, 8th
    7) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 26th
    (no wins, in by points)
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1st
    9) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2nd
    10) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 5th
    11) ##31-Ryan Newman, 9th
    12) #3-Austin Dillon, 10th
    13) #16-Greg Biffle, 11th
    14) ##14-Stewart, 12th
    15) #55-Brian Vickers, 13th
    16) #42-Kyle Larson, 14th
    (4-12-2014)

  • Darlington Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #42-Larson, finished 8th, 14 rookie points
    #3-Dillon, 11th, 10
    #51-Allgaier, 23rd, 9
    #23-Bowman, 29th, 8
    #30-Kligerman, 30th, 7
    #26-Whitt, 38th, 6
    #83-Truex, 40th, 5
    #7-Annett, 42nd, 4
    (4-12-2014)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Darlington: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #17-Stenhouse Jr., 20th
    Caution 2: #10-Patrick, 22nd
    Caution 3: #36-Sorenson, 39th
    Caution 4: #36-Sorenson(2), 39th
    Caution 5: none awarded, #27 caused caution, was 1st down a lap
    Caution 6: #1-McMurray, 16th
    Caution 7: #47-Allmendinger, 15th
    Caution 8: #99-Edwards, 13th
    Caution 9: #3-Dillon, 11th
    Caution 10: #17-Stenhouse Jr.(2), 20th
    Caution 11: #10-Patrick(2), 22nd
    (4-12-2014)

  • Race Coverage of the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 2014.
    Television (TV): FOX at 6:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 6:00pm/et; green flag approx. 6:45pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: April 16 at 3:00am/et on FS1

  • 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 #4-Harvick chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #22-Logano took pit stall 8, the first pit stall in front of it.
    #43-Almirola, who starts 3rd took the 7th pit stall, the 1st stall with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #55-Vickers, who starts 14th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(4-11-2014)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List

  • 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.

  • See Jayski's - 2014 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 and practice speeds as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Harvick wins the Darlington pole for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over, after the five minutes final round. #4-Kevin Harvick won the pole with a third round lap of 183.479mph for his 1st pole of 2014, 1st at Darlington and 7th of his career. Harvick has won from the pole three times. Harvick is the 8th different pole winner in 8 races this season.
    #43-Almirola, who will start 3rd, broke the track record of 181.918mph set last May by Kurt Busch. Almirola ran a lap of 184.245mph in the second qualifying session,.
    #22-Logano will start 2nd followed by #43-Almirola, #9-Ambrose, #2-Keselowsk, #1-McMurray, #31-Newman, #18-Busch, #24-Gordon, #11-Hamlin, #27-Menard and #78-Truex Jr.
    Fastest in the second qualifying session was #43-Almirola at 184.245 (new track record)
    Fastest in the first qualifying session was #27-Menard at 183.946mph
    #22-Logano is the only driver to advance to the final round in all eight races this season.
    Missing the race are: #35-Reutimann.
    See starting lineup, links, notes, qualifying results by round and more on Jayski's Darlington Qualifying / Starting Lineup page.(4-11-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Darlington:
    #4-Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 65th Annual Bojangles' Southern 500 with a lap of 26.802 seconds, 183.479 mph.
    This is his seventh pole in 474 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his first pole in 18 races at Darlington Raceway.
    #22-Joey Logano (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2014 and his second in six races at Darlington Raceway.
    #43-Aric Almirola (third) posted his first top-10 start at Darlington Raceway. It is his third in eight races this season.
    #42-Kyle Larson (17th) was the fastest qualifying rookie. #43-Aric Almirola set a new track record during Round 2 of qualifying with a lap of 26.705 seconds, 183.479 mph. It is the sixth track record in eight races this year.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-11-2014)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over after 10 minutes. 14 drivers ran faster then the track record of 181.918mph, set by Kurt Busch last May and #43-Almirola broke the track record and was faster then the record set in the 1st round, running a lap of 184.145mph.
    #43-Almirola 184.145
    #22-Logano 183.870
    #1-McMurray 182.953
    #4-Harvick 182.926
    #9-Ambrose 182.872
    the rest of the top 12: 27 2 31 24 11 18 78;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 41 55 88 15 42 47 16 3 99 5 14 51
    (4-11-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over, after 25 minutes. 25 drivers broke the track record of 181.918mph, set by Kurt Busch last May while driving the #78 Chevy.
    #27-Menard 183.946
    #11-Hamlin 183.726
    #1-McMurray 183.719
    #43-Amirola 183.568
    #41-Busch 183.393
    Driver who will miss the race: #35-Reutimann.
    (4-11-2014)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is scheduled for Friday, April 11, 2014 at 6:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 6:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, April 12, 4:30am/et on FS1

  • Qualifying Order for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is posted. 44 cars/drivers are listed. Qualifying order is how the cars come off pit road for group qualifying.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #48-Johnson.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #66-Nemechek.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Auto Club Qualifying Page.(4-11-2014)

  • Happy Hour practice for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #31-Newman 179.167
    #9-Ambrose 178.978
    #24-Gordon 178.906
    #18-Busch 178.802
    #22-Logano 178.731
    slowest: #40-Cassill 170.691 & #66-Nemechek 173.399
    #22-Logano was fastest in the 10-lap consecutive run at 173.294mph (out of 9 drivers).
    Notes: #9-Ambrose got a Darlington stripe late in Happy Hour and the team was working on the car to fix the right side.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and 10-lap consecutive average on the Darlington Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(4-11-2014)

  • First Friday practice for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #4-Harvick 177.665
    #15-Bowyer 176.746
    #48-Johnson 176.670
    #2-Keselowski 175.886
    #24-Gordon 175.767
    slowest: #26-Whitt 167.790 and #30-Kligerman 167.819
    #2-Keselowski was fastest in the 10-lap consecutive run at 174.151mph.
    Notes: the Darlington Stripe was acquired by the following drivers so far: #3-Dillon, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #23-Bowman, #42-Larson & #78-Truex Jr. Larson hit so hard that the team is bring out the backup car.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and 10-lap consecutive average on the Darlington Practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(4-11-2014)

  • Updated Entry List for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #66-Nemechek, #77-Blaney, #33-Stremme, #35-Reutimann, #32-Kvapil. The driver who must qualify on speed and cannot use a provisional: #77-Blaney.
    Withdrew: #44-Yeley.
    See the full entry list the Jayski's Darlington Entry List page

  • For the new 2014 group 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

  • 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Championship Points Standings:
    [after Texas, race 7 of 36]
    1) #24-Jeff Gordon, 259
    2) #20-Matt Kenseth, 255, -4
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 247, -12
    4) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 235, -28
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 231, -28
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [1 win], 228, -31
    7) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 228, -31
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 218, -41
    9) #55-Brian Vickers, 205, -54
    10) #27-Paul Menard, 203, -56
    Other drivers with a win, should make the Chase:
    25) #41-Kurt Busch [1 win], 151, -108
    26) #4-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 138, -121
    See UNOFFICIAL drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).
    See the UNOFFICIAL owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Texas Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-7-2014)

  • Current 2014 Sprint Cup Driver Chase Seeding:
    [after Texas, race 7 of 36 if Chase seeding started after this race]
    1) #99-Carl Edwards, 1 win, 3rd in points
    2) #22-Joey Logano, 1 win, 4th
    3) #18-Kyle Busch, 1 win, 5th
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1 win, 6th
    5) #2-Brad Keselowski, 1 win, 8th
    6) #41-Kurt Busch, 1 win, 25th
    7) #4-Kevin Harvick, 1 win, 26th
    (no wins, in by points)
    8) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1st
    9) #20-Matt Kenseth, 2nd
    10) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 7th
    11) #55-Brian Vickers, 9th
    12) #27-Paul Menard, 10th
    13) ##31-Ryan Newman, 11th
    14) #3-Austin Dillon, 12th
    15) #11-Denny Hamlin, 13th
    16) ##14-Tony Stewart, 14th
    (4-7-2014)


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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in the Bojangos' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway:

    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis for Darlington is PRS-904, which is a new chassis. The backup chassis is PRS-840 which last served as a backup at Las Vegas in March.
    #3-Austin Dillon: will pilot chassis No. 453 in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. This is the same DOW Chevrolet SS that Dillon raced to a 16th-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. Although Dillon has not yet competed at Darlington Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he has made two appearances at the "Lady in Black" in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, securing his best starting position of third and his best finish of a fifth in 2012. He also finished 11th after starting eighth in 2013. The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion has two starts at the track in the Truck Series, earning his best finish of fifth in August 2010, coupled with a 15th-place result in March 2011.
    #4-Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 4-843 in Saturday night's race at Darlington. Harvick last raced this car at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. In that event, Harvick led 23 laps before an issue with the left-front hub sent the team to the garage area for repairs, which relegated them to a 41st-place finish. Harvick has 17 prior NSCS starts at Darlington. He has earned three top fives and six top 10s, and has an average start of 17.2 and an average finish of 17.9.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-829 for Saturday night's event at Darlington. Most recently, Kahne raced this chassis to an eighth-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. Kahne is two-for-two when it comes to racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Darlington. He led a combined 190 laps to win the 2004 and 2011 Truck events at the 1.366-mile oval.
    #7-Michael Annett chassis not reported on race preview.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #10-Danica Patrick will pilot Chassis No. 10-677, which was first used by Stewart-Haas Racing driver Ryan Newman in September 2011 at Chicago, where he started fourth and led 18 laps before finishing eighth. Newman next used the chassis in October 2011 at Kansas, where he started 11th and finished 18th. The last time Newman drove the car was in March 2012 at Auto Club, where he started sixth and finished seventh in a race that ended early due to rain. Danica Patrick made her second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start using Chassis No. 10-677 in May 2012 at Darlington, where she started 38th and finished 31st. Since that race, the car was converted into a Gen-6 Chevrolet SS. Chassis No. 10-677 was pressed into service last May, when Patrick was involved in an accident in her primary car during practice for the Southern 500 at Darlington. She started 40th and finished 28th in the backup car. She competed with the chassis one other time in September at Dover, where she started 31st and finished 29th.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #13-Casey Mears: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-848 which debuted in March at Las Vegas, where it qualified 24th and struggled to a 33rd-place finish. It was later determined a malfunction with the right-rear spring caused the car's ill-handling form. Chassis No. 14-848 will make its second career start this weekend at Darlington. Stewart has four top-fives, 11 top-10s and has led a total of 20 laps in his 21 career Sprint Cup starts at Darlington. Stewart's best Sprint Cup finish at Darlington is third, earned in the 2009 Southern 500. His average start is 17.2, his average finish is 12.0 and he has a lap completion rate of 99.0 percent
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 804 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Darlington Raceway. Bowyer drove this Toyota to a 15th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway. Chassis No. 800 serves as the back-up chassis. This chassis has never seen action on the race track but has served as the back up for Fontana, Las Vegas and Texas. Bowyer has one top-10 finish in eight starts and completed 2,749 of 2,940 laps (93.5%) and led 16 laps with an average start 18.9 and average finish 21.1 with a best finish of ninth came in May 2007. Bowyer captured one of his two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series poles at Darlington in May 2007 (the other coming at New Hampshire in Sept. 2007 where he won from the pole)
    #16-Greg Biffle: and the Matt Puccia led #16 Red Cross team will run chassis RK-903 is a brand new chassis. The backup chassis will be RK-879 which last ran Las Vegas and finished 22nd. Biffle has 13 Sprint Cup career starts at Darlington, earning two wins, two top-five and five top-10 finishes. Darlington is the track where Biffle holds his second-best starting average of 9.5, with an average finish of 13.9.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: and the #17 Nationswide team will be using primary chassis Chassis RK-902 at Darlington, which is a brand new chassis. The backup chassis is RK-860, which was last raced at Texas in 2013 and finished 16th. Stenhouse Jr. has one career Sprint Cup start at the 1.366-mile track where he finished 18th. With the Nationwide Eagle on the hood, the #17 Nationwide Insurance primary paint scheme has earned one top-five and two top-10 finishes this season.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis is PRS-903 for Darlington, which is a new chassis. The Backup Chassis is PRS-844 which was last used as a backup at Las Vegas.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-861 for this Saturday night's race. This is a new chassis that has never been raced. Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS, has seven wins, three pole positions, 19 top-five finishes and 22 top-10s in 33 Cup starts at Darlington Raceway.
    #27-Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 463 in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. This #27 CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet SS has been never been used in competition and is new to the RCR stable of Sprint Cup cars. At the 1.36-mile oval of Darlington Raceway, Menard has seven previous starts with a best start of 14th and finish of 13th, which both took place in the 2012 event. His average start at the "Track too Tough to Tame" is 24.4 and average finish is 23.7. Menard has completed 2,527 of 2,573 laps attempted (98.2 percent) and led three laps.
    #31-Ryan Newman will race chassis No. 441 in Saturday night's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Chassis No. 441 was raced on March 2 at Phoenix International Raceway where the No. 31 team qualified 15th and finished seventh. Newman is looking to capture his first-career victory at his favorite track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. The Rocket Man won the 2003 pole at the 1.366-mile oval. In total, he owns seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. The South Bend, Ind. native has an average start of ninth and average finish of 12th. Plus, Newman ranks third in most championship points earned in the last five races at Darlington and ranks sixth in points earned over the last 10 events.
    #34-David Regan chassis not reported on race preview.
    #35-David Reutimann chassis not reported on race preview.
    #36-Reed Sorenson chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland chassis not reported on race preview.
    #41-Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 845 in Saturday¡¦s Southern 500 at Darlington. Built new for 2014, Chassis 845 started 23rd and finished 26th earlier this season at Las Vegas. Busch has two top-five finishes and five top-10s in his 17 career Sprint Cup starts at the 1.366-mile oval. Darlington is one of 10 racetracks of the 23 on the Sprint Cup circuit where Busch has won a Sprint Cup pole.
    #42-Kyle Larson: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Crew chief Chad Knaus has selected Chassis No. 48-824 for Saturday night's race. Johnson drove this car to a sixth-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March. The backup car is Chassis No. 48-784 which Johnson most recently raced last season at Michigan International Speedway in June.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary Chassis 808 has not raced. The backup chassis is 801, which finished 13th at Las Vegas.
    #78-Martin Truex Jr. chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: crew chief Steve Letarte and the #88 team has selected Chassis No. 88-745. Earnhardt last raced this chassis to a 24th-place finish at Bristol in March.
    #99-Carl Edwards the #99 Ford EcoBoost team will unload primary chassis RK-874 at Darlington was last run in 2014 at Phoenix, finishing eighth. The backup chassis is RK-880 was last used in 2014 as a primary at Vegas, finishing fifth. Edwards has yet to capture a win at Darlington Raceway, finishing second in 2008 and 2011. Edwards has 10 Sprint Cup starts at Darlington with an average start of 15.9 and an average finish of 12.5.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)(4-10-2014)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 7 sets for the event

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4552

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.4 in. (2,220 mm); Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 mm)

    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 combination of left- and right-side tires that these teams ran at Darlington last May . . . this left-side tire code (D-4392) has been run at Darlington since 2011 . . . these teams have also run this left-side at Texas (including last week), Chicagoland and Homestead in the past . . . in addition to Darlington 2013, these teams have run this right-side tire code (D-4552) at Charlotte . . . 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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Next Race: Federated Auto Parts 400

Countdown to Race Time: 9/6/2014 ~7:46pm/et

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