NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Bojangles' Southern 500

TRACK: Darlington Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #25 of 36 for the 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, September 6, 2015 in Darlington, SC

Title Sponsor: Bojangles'

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:20pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, September 3
8:30 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, September 4
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM - 12:55 PM NSCS PRACTICE
4:30 - 6:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Saturday, September 5
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
1:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Sunday, September 6
1:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NSCS DRIVER & CREW CHIEF MEETING
6:25 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
7:00 PM NSCS RACE

Darlington Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
-5:00pm: NSCS Driver & Crew Chief Meeting
-6:25pm: NSCS Drivers Introductions with Coors Light Pole Award
-7:05pm: Intro Presentation of Colors by: South Carolina Joint National Guard Color Guard
-7:05pm: Invocation by: "Mr. Darlington Raceway" Harold King
-7:06pm: National Anthem by: Nashville Recording Artist Tanya Tucker
-7:07pm: Flyover TOT by: C-17, Charleston Air Force Base
-7:12pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Terry Labonte accompanied by Bojangles' CEO Clifton Rutledge
-7:20pm: Green Flag - Bojangles' Southern 500 (367 laps, 501.3 miles)
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Friday, September 4, 11:00am - 12:55pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, September 4, 4:30 - 6:25pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Saturday, September 5 at 1:45 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, re-air scheduled Saturday, September 5 at 11:30pm/et.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $5,762,276
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 NEWS & LINKS

  • 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: 58,000 [was 60,000 and 68,000]
    Opened: 1950

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Terry Labonte
    Command to start engines: Terry Labonte & Bojangles' CEO Clifton Rutledge
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
    Color Guard: South Carolina Joint National Guard Color Guard
    Invocation: "Mr. Darlington Raceway" Harold King
    National Anthem: Country Music Icon Tanya Tucker
    Flyover: C-17, Charleston Air Force Base

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Darlington Raceway website
    ISC Motorsports
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Pinterest
    Instagram
    YouTube
    Foursquare
    Darlington Raceway App
    Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

  • April 2014: see the Darlington Race Info page

  • 2014 Race Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 131.211mph, started 1st

  • 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

  • 2014 Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 183.479mph, finished 1st

  • Track Qualifying Record: Aric Almirola, April 2014, 184.145mph (set during 2nd round of qualifying)

  • 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 .......... 112.7
    #11-Denny Hamlin .......... 107.1
    #48-Jimmie Johnson .......... 106.8
    #18-Kyle Busch .......... 106.1
    #16-Greg Biffle .......... 105.7
    #5-Kasey Kahne .......... 97.9
    #31-Ryan Newman .......... 95.8
    #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr .......... 94.3
    #20-Matt Kenseth .......... 93.2
    #4-Kevin Harvick .......... 93.1
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (10 total) among active drivers at Darlington Raceway. Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)(9-1-2015)

  • Darlington Raceway Notes & History - Thursday:
    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.
    (NASCAR)(9-3-2015)

  • Darlington Raceway Driver Notes & Facts - Friday:
    709 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway; 428 in more than one.
    NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Darlington with 65. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 34 starts; followed by Tony Stewart with 22.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Darlington with a 6.824.
    Jeff Gordon (6.8), Ryan Newman (8.6) and Kasey Kahne (9.1) are the only active three drivers with an average starting position in the top 10.
    125 different drivers have made NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career debut at Darlington Raceway.
    47 different drivers have won at Darlington Raceway, led by David Pearson with 10. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven wins; followed by his HMS teammate Jimmie Johnson with three.
    Six drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint 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).
    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-most in consecutive wins at Darlington with three each.
    All seven 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.
    Tony Stewart leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Darlington without visiting Victory Lane at 22.
    Darrell Waltrip 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; followed by Jimmie Johnson with nine.
    Bill Elliott leads the series in top-10 finishes at Darlington with 35. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 23; followed by Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart with 12 each.
    Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Darlington with a 6.889.
    Three active NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have an average finish in the top 10 at Darlington: Denny Hamlin (6.8), Kyle Larson (8.0) and Jimmie Johnson (8.4).
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Darlington with 1,744 laps led in 34 starts.
    Three female drivers have competed at Darlington Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Danica Patrick, Janet Guthrie, Shawna Robinson
    (NASCAR)(9-4-2015)

  • Darlington Raceway Pole Notes & Facts - Saturday
    Curtis Turner won the inaugural Coors Light Pole Award at Darlington in 1950 in an Oldsmobile with a speed of 82.034 mph.
    48 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. Kasey Kahne is the only active driver with consecutive Coors Light poles (2005-2006).
    David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Darlington with five (1975 - 1977).
    Eight drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup 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).
    20 of the 111 (18.02%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Darlington have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Kevin Harvick in last season's event.
    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 (20) than any other starting position at Darlington. The outside front row (second-place) has produced the second-most wins (17).
    37 of the 111 (33.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Darlington have been won from the front row: 20 from first-place and 17 from second-place.
    96 of the 111 (86.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Darlington have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Six of the 111 (5.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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 is 43rd by Johnny Mantz in 1950 - the inaugural NSCS event.
    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.
    (NASCAR)(9-5-2015)

  • Darlington Raceway Race Notes & Facts - Sunday:
    There have been 111 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Darlington Raceway. The 1.366-mile track has hosted the fifth most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points paying races.
    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 41 victories; followed by Ford with 28 and Toyota has three.
    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Darlington Raceway is the (03/16/2003) 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 finish in the NSCS since the inception using electronic timing and scoring.
    There have been four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races resulting in a green-white-checkered finish at Darlington Raceway: 2005 (367/370), 2011 (367/370), 2012 (367/368) and 2014 (367/374).
    Eight of the 111 races at Darlington Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the fall race of 2000.
    (NASCAR)(9-6-2015)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Carl Edwards wins at Darlington: #19-Carl Edwards won the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway for his 2nd win of the season, 1st win at Darlington and 25th career win. Edwards led just 15 of the 367 laps, but took the lead on the final pit stop of the night and held off the rest of the field. Early in the race he stayed out under caution and, on old tires, fell back through the field and lost a lap. He got his lap back on the 11th caution and worked his way back through the field.
    #2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #22-Logano, #4-Harvick, #41-Busch, #18-Busch, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #78-Truex, Jr., and #42-Larson.
    Pole sitter, #2-Keselowski, led the most laps - 196, but could not get around Edwards at the end.
    By finishing 7th, #18-Busch moves to 27th in the points standings. He is now 83 points ahead of 31st and has locked himself into the Chase.
    #4-Harvick continues to be the points leader, now 42 points over #22-Logano.
    There were 24 lead changes among 11 drivers. There were a record 18 cautions for 89 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 111.993 mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-6-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Darlington:
    Carl Edwards won the 66th Annual Bojangles' Southern 500, his 25th victory in 398 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 12 races at Darlington Raceway.
    Brad Keselowski (second) posted his third top-10 finish in seven races at Darlington Raceway. It is his 17th top-10 finish in 2015.
    Denny Hamlin (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in ten races at Darlington Raceway.
    Matt DiBenedetto (25th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 42 points over Joey Logano.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(9-6-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Darlington, race 25 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins](5th in driver points)
    2) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins] (27th)
    3) #22-Joey Logano [3 wins] (2nd)
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth [3 wins] (7th)
    5) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins] (1st)
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins] (3rd)
    7) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins] (9th)
    8) #19-Carl Edwards [2 win](12th)
    9) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win] (4th)
    10) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win] (6th)
    11) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win](8th)
    (above drivers have clinched a berth in the Chase)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    12) #1-Jamie McMurray, +73 ahead of 17th in driver points
    13) #31-Ryan Newman, +61
    14) #24-Jeff Gordon, +47
    15) #27-Paul Menard, +39
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, +29
    [currently out of the Chase]
    17) #43-Aric Almirola, -29
    18) #5-Kasey Kahne, -31
    19) #16-Biffle, -84
    20) #42-Larson, -96
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-6-2015)

  • Top-10 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    [after Darlington, race 25 of 36]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 948
    2) #22-Joey Logano [3 wins], 906, -42
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 855, -93
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 837, -111
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 817, -131
    6) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 806, -142
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth [3 wins], 776, -172
    8) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 754, -194
    9) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 752, -196
    10) #1-Jamie McMurray, 726, -222
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-6-2015)

  • Darlington Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto, finished 25th, 11 rookie points
    #23-Jeb Burton, finished 34th, 10 rookie points
    #34-Brett Moffitt, finished 36th, 9 rookie points
    #33-Alex Kennedy, not entered, Mike Bliss in the car
    See the 2015 Rookie of the Year page for rules, standings and more.(9-6-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Darlington: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: none, no one a lap or more down
    Caution 2: #47-Allmendinger, 23rd
    Caution 3: #16-Biffle,18th
    Caution 4: #40-Cassill, 20th
    Caution 5: #13-Mears, 29th
    Caution 6: #83-DiBenedetto, 25th
    Caution 7: #10-Patrick, 42nd
    Caution 8: #47-Allmendinger (2), 23rd
    Caution 9: #5-Kahne, 12th
    Caution 10: #6-Bayne, 35th
    Caution 11: #19-Edwards, 1st
    Caution 12: #20-Kenseth, 21st
    Caution 13: #38-Gilliland, 27th
    Caution 14: #38-Gilliland (2), 27th
    Caution 15: none, #55-Ragan caused the caution
    Caution 16: #7-Bowman, 24th
    Caution 17: #7-Bowman (2), 24th
    Caution 18: #48-Johnson, 19th
    (9-6-2015)

  • Race Coverage of the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, September 6, 2015.
    Television (TV): NBC at 7:00 pm/et; Countdown to Green Pre-Race show at 6:30pm/et; green flag approx. 7:20pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    Monday, September 7 at 2:30pm/et and 10:30pm/et on NBCSN [NASCAR 120]

  • Throwback schemes at Darlington: Several race teams have announced their throwback paint schemes for the Bojangles' Southern 500 with more to come. Thus far, 18 cars have been unveiled: #2-Brad Keselowski, #3-Austin Dillon, #4-Kevin Harvick, #5-Kasey Kahne, #6-Trevor Bayne, #9-Sam Hornish Jr., #10-Danica Patrick, #11-Denny Hamlin, #14-Tony Stewart, #15-Clint Bowyer, #16-Greg Biffle, #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., #21-Ryan Blaney, #23-Jeb Burton, #25-Chase Elliott, #27-Paul Menard, #31-Ryan Newman, #32-Josh Wise, #41-Kurt Busch, #42-Kyle Larson, #43-Aric Almirola, #46-Michael Annett, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #55-David Ragan, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.(Darlington Raceway), images of the schemes can be seen on Jayski.com's Darlington Throwback paint schemes page.(8-25/30-2015)

  • 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 #2-Keselowski chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #41-Busch took pit stall 7, with an opening behind it.
    #4-Harvick, who starts 3rd took the 8th pit stall, with an opening in front of it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #48-Johnson, who starts 19th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-5-2015)

  • NBC releases details of Darlington coverage: Retro paint schemes are only part of the throwback celebration with the Southern 500's return to Labor Day weekend for the first time since 2003. NBC, which will broadcast Saturday's Xfinity race and Sunday night's Sprint Cup race from Darlington Raceway, also will add to the nostalgia. Among the nods to years past in Sunday's broadcast:
    " Ken Squier, Ned Jarrett and Dale Jarrett will call the race at some point, taking over briefly for NBC's crew of Rick Allen, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte.
    " Features during the Countdown to Green show include Squier's essay on Darlington Raceway, Kyle Petty talking with Bill Elliott and Chase Elliott on the 30th anniversary of Bill Elliott's Southern 500 win that also earned him the Winston Million bonus, and Jeff Burton going around the track in the NBC Sports Toyota Camry On Track Car while Petty is on track as well in the Wood Brothers' #21 car from 1971.
    " Booth and studio talent will appear in 1970s-era clothing.
    " Also featured throughout the weekend will be retro highlights, graphics and music.
    "To bring it back on Labor Day, I think this is perhaps one of the best moves that NASCAR had made in a decade," Squier said in a conference call with reporters Tuesday about the Southern 500's return to this date.(NBC Sports)(9-2-2015)

  • Chase clinch scenarios at Darlington: Drivers have just two races left to qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup - Darlington and Richmond. As of now, 11 drivers are qualified for NASCAR's playoffs with wins as long as they start the next two races and remain in the top 30 in points: #48-Jimmie Johnson, #18-Kyle Busch, #20-Matt Kenseth, #4-Kevin Harvick, #22-Joey Logano, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #41-Kurt Busch, #78-Martin Truex Jr., #2-Brad Keselowski, #11-Denny Hamlin and #19-Carl Edwards.
    The five remaining drivers on the Chase Grid have to either visit Victory Lane or stay high enough in the points standings where they don't get bumped by a new winner outside the top 16. These drivers are #1-Jamie McMurray (76 points above the cutoff line), #43-Ryan Newman (+63), #27-Paul Menard (+54), #24-Jeff Gordon (+52) and #15-Clint Bowyer (+35).
    The winless drivers who have won at Darlington in the past and have yet to earn Chase berths this season are Gordon and Greg Biffle.
    The winless drivers who have won at Richmond in the past and have yet to earn Chase berths this season are Gordon, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart.
    For the first time, a winless CAN clinch a spot in the Chase. If a repeat driver wins at Darlington, a winless driver would need to have a 45 point lead on the fifth-highest of the winless drivers (or 44 points, depending on tie-breakers). If there is a new winner, a winless driver would need to lead the fourth-highest winless driver by 45 points (or 44, depending on tie-breakers).(NASCAR)(8-31-2015)

  • Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
    " Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
    " 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
    " Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
    " Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
    " Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
    " Pit stalls are laser measured
    " Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
    " Fueling can start once car is stopped.
    " Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary 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 - 2015 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

  • Keselowski wins Darlington pole: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light pole for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway with speed of 178.874mph for his 1st pole of 2015, 1st at Darlington and 9th of his career. Keselowski has won 2 races from the pole out of 8 previous poles.
    #41-Busch is on the outside pole followed by #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #24-Gordon, #11-Hamlin, #78-Truex, Jr., #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #21-Blaney, #18-Busch, #43-Almirola, and #27-Menard.
    Missing the race were: #32-Wise, #30-Kvapil, #62-Hill.
    See the starting lineup, pole progression, round-by-round results and more on Jayski.com's Darlington Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(9-5-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Darlington:
    Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 66th Annual Bojangles' Southern 500 with a lap of 27.492 seconds, 178.874 mph.
    This is his ninth pole in 222 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and 15th top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in seven races at Darlington Raceway.
    Kurt Busch (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2015 and his ninth in 19 races at Darlington Raceway.
    Kevin Harvick (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Darlington Raceway. It is his 17th in 25 races this season.
    Matt DiBenedetto (25th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(9-5-2015)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #2-Keselowski 179.200
    #4-Harvick 178.562
    #22-Logano 178.556
    #41-Busch 178.238
    #24-Gordon 178.129
    the rest of the top 12: 11 43 27 17 18 78 21;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 19 20 5 42 14 6 48 1 55 25 31 16
    (9-5-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #41-Busch 179.501
    #17-Stenhouse, Jr. 179.389
    #22-Logano 179.363
    #24-Gordon 179.245
    #5-Kahne 179.095
    the rest of the top 24: 18 2 55 19 20 4 1 42 31 11 43 78 14 16 27 6 25 21 48;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 83 88 51 15 3 10 40 13 9 47 7 26 35 32 38 46 62 30 34 23 32 98
    Drivers who will miss the race: #32-Wise, #30-Kvapil, #62-Hill.
    (9-5-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 1:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 1:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 11:30pm/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #5-Kahne.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #1-McMurray.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Darlington Qualifying Page.(9-5-2015)

  • Final practice for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over after 115 scheduled minutes, the top-five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #2-Keselowski 175.880
    #16-Biffle 175.729
    #41-Busch 175.723
    #27-Menard 175.484
    #3-Dillon 175.453
    slowest: #26-Yeley 168.307 & #33-Bliss 163.468.
    Notes: #18-Busch got into the wall and will go to a backup car. He does not have to start at the rear for the race. NASCAR is not holding technical inspection until tomorrow, because of the low-downforce package testing.
    Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday at 1:45pm/et and will be televised on NBCSN.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10-lap consecutive laps run on the Darlington Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(9-4-2015)

  • 1st practice for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over after 115 scheduled minutes, the top-five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #16-Biffle 176.201
    #41-Busch 175.842
    #14-Stewart 175.710
    #4-Harvick 175.654
    #19-Edwards 175.647
    slowest: #33-Bliss 165.292 & #98-Bell 164.976.
    Notes: #3-Dillon hit the wall coming off turn 2 for the first Darlington stripe of the weekend. The team will repair the car.
    Happy Hour practice is scheduled for 4:30pm/et on NBCSN. Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday at 1:45pm/et and will be televised on NBCSN.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10-lap consecutive laps run on the Darlington Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(9-4-2015)

  • Entry List for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #25-Elliott, #30-Kvapil, #32-Wise, #33-Bliss, #62-Hill, #98-TJ Bell.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in owners points): #30-Kvapil (49th in pts), #62-Hill (46th), #25-Elliott (45th)
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): #25-Elliott (4 attempts), #30-Kvapil (9), #21-Blaney (12)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Darlington Entry List

  • For the 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

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Bristol, race 24 of 36]
    (by wins, then by points standings)
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins](5th in driver points)
    2) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins] (29th)
    3) #22-Joey Logano [3 wins] (2nd)
    4) #20-Matt Kenseth [3 wins] (7th)
    5) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins] (1st)
    6) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins] (3rd)
    7) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins] (8th)
    8) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win] (4th)
    9) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win] (6th)
    10) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win](9th)
    11) #19-Carl Edwards [1 win](14th)
    (above drivers have clinched a berth in the Chase, except Busch who must remain in the top 30)
    [would be in the Chase via points standings]
    12) #1-Jamie McMurray, +76 ahead of 17th in driver points
    13) #31-Ryan Newman, +63
    14) #27-Paul Menard, +54
    15) #24-Jeff Gordon, +52
    16) #15-Clint Bowyer, +35
    [currently out of the Chase]
    17) #43-Aric Almirola, -35
    18) #5-Kasey Kahne, -37
    19) #16-Biffle, -83
    20) #3-Dillon, -91
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-22-2015)

  • Top-10 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers Points Standings:
    [after Bristol, race 24 of 36]
    1) #4-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 908
    2) #22-Joey Logano [3 wins], 865, -43
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. [2 wins], 819, -89
    4) #2-Brad Keselowski [1 win], 793, -115
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 792, -116
    6) #78-Martin Truex Jr. [1 win], 771, -137
    7) #20-Matt Kenseth [3 wins], 753, -155
    8) #41-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 713, -195
    9) #11-Denny Hamlin [1 win], 712, -196
    10) #1-Jamie McMurray, 696, -212
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(8-22-2015)

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CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • No More Chassis Selections: Recently many team stopped posting chassis selections on race previews.
    This leaves only a handful of teams reporting/posting chassis selections.
    So, will no longer post Chassis Selections as most are not available

TIRE NOTES & FACTS


    The 'throwback' look for the Goodyear tire ar Darlington in September.
    Image from Goodyear Racing's Twitter

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 7 sets for practice/qualifying, and 12 sets for the race

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4650; Right-side -- D-4646

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.43 in. (2,246 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear - 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 52 psi; Right Rear -- 48 psi

  • Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run completely different tire set-ups at Darlington this weekend . . . in Sprint Cup, this set-up features the left-side tire code (D-4650) run at Indianapolis and the right-side tire code (D-4646) run at Kentucky earlier this summer . . . compared to what was run at Darlington last year - and in response to NASCAR's lower downforce package - this left-side features construction and mold shape changes, while this right-side features a compound change for more grip . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Darlington on June 30, after the new rules package was announced . . . drivers participating in that test were Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart . . . 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.

  • Throwback Tires: In keeping with NASCAR's throwback efforts and the return of the Southern 500 to its traditional spot on the schedule on Labor Day weekend, the tires run at this weekend's Darlington races will feature different sidewall markings . . . replacing the yellow Goodyear lettering that became standard in 1992 is a white, stencil-look design that harkens back to the mid-1970s.

RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

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