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 2016 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Race: Sunday, September 4, 2016 in Darlington, SC

Title Sponsor: Bojangles'

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 6:20pm/et

TELEVISION COVERAGE

  • Television Race Coverage: NBC, 6:00pm/et

  • In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte

  • Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast

  • Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood

  • Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times: (NASCAR 120)
    Monday, September 5 at 7:30pm/et on NBCSN

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski.com's TV Listings Page

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE - REVISED
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, September 1
8:30 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, September 2
ALL ACTIVITIES CANCELLED FOR FRIDAY (ALL GARAGES ARE CLOSED)

Saturday, September 3
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 - 12:25 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
1:30 - 2:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, September 4
12:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
4:00 PM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
4:20 - 5:15 PM CONCERT
5:25 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
6:00 PM NSCS RACE

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

  • Darlington Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, September 4th: (eastern time)
    5:25pm: NSCS Drivers Introductions
    6:05pm: Presentation of Colors: South Carolina Air National Guard Honor Guard, McEntire Joint National Guard Base
    6:05:35pm: Invocation by: "Mr. Darlington Raceway" Harold King
    6:06:15pm: National Anthem by: Barry Williams from "The Brady Bunch"
    6:07:45pm: Flyover: (2) T-38s, the 49th Fighter Training Squadron from Columbus AFB, Mississippi
    6:12:45pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by Mark Martin, Rick Hendrick, Richard Childress, and Bojangles' CEO Clifton Rutledge
    6:20:45pm: Start of the Bojangles' Southern 500 (200 Laps, 400 Miles) NBC, MRN, SiriusXM
    eastern time (NASCAR.com)

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Practices:
    Saturday, September 3, 11:00am - 12:25pm/et, TV-CNBC

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, September 3, 1:30 - 2:25 pm/et, TV-NBCSN

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-40, Saturday, September 3 at 1:45 pm/et, TV-NBCSN, re-air scheduled at 11:00pm/et.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

no longer being reported

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 Marshals: Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick and Mark Martin
    Command to start engines: Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin and Bojangles' CEO Clifton Rutledge
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Cale Yarborough
    Color Guard: South Carolina Air National Guard Honor Guard, McEntire Joint National Guard Base
    Invocation: "Mr. Darlington Raceway" Harold King
    National Anthem: Barry Williams (Greg Brady from The Brady Bunch)
    Flyover: (2) T-38s, the 49th Fighter Training Squadron from Columbus AFB, Mississippi

  • September 2015: see the Darlington Race Info page

  • 2015 Race Winner: #19-Carl Edwards, 111.993mph, started 13th

  • 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

  • 2015 Pole Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 178.874mph, finished 2nd

  • 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

  • Darlington Track Notes & History:
    Darlington Raceway was built as a 1.25-mile paved superspeedway in 1949-1950.
    Darlington Raceway hosted the first 500-mile race in NASCAR history and the first on asphalt on Sept. 4, 1950 - 75 cars competed in the event - Curtis Turner won the pole at 82.034 mph, and the race was won by Johnny Mantz (Plymouth, 75.250 mph, 6:38:40).
    The track was re-measured to 1.375 miles in 1953.
    The track was re-configured to 1.366 miles following the spring race in 1970.
    The track was repaved in 1995.
    The 2005 race was the first Saturday night race at Darlington.
    The track was repaved again prior to the 2008 season.
    (NASCAR)

  • Darlington Pole Notes & Facts:
    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.
    Curtis Turner won the inaugural Coors Light Pole Award at Darlington in 1950 in an Oldsmobile with a speed of 82.034 mph.
    49 drivers have won at least one Coors Light pole 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 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 112 (17.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Darlington have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Kevin Harvick in 2015.
    NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson has won from the pole four times at Darlington - the series-most.
    The first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (20) than any other starting position at Darlington. The outside front row (second-place) has produced the second-most wins (17).
    37 of the 112 (33%) 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 112 (85.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Darlington have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Six of the 112 (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.
    (NASCAR)

  • Darlington Driver Notes & Facts:
    715 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway; 434 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 35 starts; followed by Tony Stewart with 23.
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Darlington with a 6.771.
    Jeff Gordon (6.8), Ryan Blaney (9.0), Ryan Newman (9.5), Kasey Kahne (9.6) and Denny Hamlin (9.7) all have an average starting position inside the top 10.
    124 different drivers have made their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career debut at Darlington Raceway.
    48 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 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 nine 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 in 2013; the longest span of any the nine 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 23.
    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 6.500.
    Three active NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers have an average finish in the top 10 at Darlington: Denny Hamlin (6.5), Kyle Larson (9.0) and Jimmie Johnson (9.1).
    Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Darlington with 1,744 laps led in 35 starts.
    Three female drivers have competed at Darlington Raceway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Danica Patrick, Janet Guthrie, Shawna Robinson.
    (NASCAR)

  • Darlington Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been 112 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 four.
    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 finishes in the NSCS using electronic scoring.
    There have been four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Darlington Raceway: 2005 (367/370), 2011 (367/370), 2012 (367/368) and 2014 (367/374).
    Eight of the 112 races at Darlington Raceway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the fall race of 2000.
    (NASCAR)

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Darlington:
    #88-Jeff Gordon ...... 111.2
    #11-Denny Hamlin ...... 107.8
    #18-Kyle Busch ...... 105.2
    #48-Jimmie Johnson ...... 104.4
    #16-Greg Biffle ...... 102.9
    #5-Kasey Kahne ...... 96.1
    #4-Kevin Harvick ...... 95.9
    #31-Ryan Newman ...... 94.2
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr ...... 94.0
    #78-Martin Truex Jr ...... 93.6
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2016 races (11 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)

  • NBC to add throwback coverage to Darlington Sprint Cup race: NBC Sports gears up for a throwback weekend of racing from Darlington highlighted by the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Bojangles' Southern 500 Sunday at 6:00pm/et on NBC. NBC Sports joins Darlington Raceway in celebrating the sights and sounds of the 1975-1984 era with throwback themes integrated into this weekend's coverage. In addition to traditional graphics and historic logos, NASCAR on NBC's on-air team will dress in their best time period apparel. Throughout the weekend NASCAR on NBC's pre-race set will be flanked by a series of old school cars from the decade. Music and footage from the era will also bring viewers in and out of commercial breaks. Race day coverage kicks off with a revamped version of Blake Shelton's NASCAR on NBC "Bringing Back the Sunshine" Open, full of racing moments spanning the track's incredible history. Legendary NASCAR broadcasters Ken Squier and Ned Jarrett return to the booth, alongside Dale Jarrett, to call a portion of the race. Squier adds his voice to a special pre-race feature on the storied Raceway. Pre-race coverage also includes a special three car on-track preview of Darlington Raceway. In addition to Jeff Burton in the Toyota Camry on-track car, Kyle Petty will drive his father's famed 1979 "43 Championship race car alongside Dale Jarrett in fellow Hall of Famer Benny Parsons' #72 car.(NBC)(9-1-2016)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Truex, Jr. wins at Darlington: #78-Martin Truex, Jr. won the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway for his 2nd win of the season, 1st win at Darlington and 5th career win. Truex led 28 of the 367 laps.
    Pole sitter #4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #42-Larson, #11-Hamlin, #22-Logano, #20-Kenseth, #5-Kahne, #31-Newman, #2-Keselowski, and #24-Elliott.
    Harvick dominated much of the race, leading 214 laps on the night, but an airgun broke on a late pit stop and dropped him to 12th place. He was never able to regain the lead.
    #34-Chris Buescher remains 30th in points, 11 points ahead of 31st. He must be 30th in points after next week's race to secure a spot in the Chase.
    #24-Elliott, #3-Dillon, and #1-McMurray remain in position to get into the Chase on points. #31-Newman is the first driver out, 7 points behind McMurray.
    There were 14 lead changes among 8 drivers and 10 cautions for 52 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 126.437 mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Darlington Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-4-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Darlington Raceway:
    Martin Truex, Jr. won the 67th Annual Bojangles' Southern 500, his fifth victory in 394 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is the first multi-win season of Truex's career.
    This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 11 races at Darlington Raceway.
    This is the second time Furniture Row Racing has won the Bojangles' Southern 500 (Regan Smith, 2011).
    Truex is 11th different winner in the last 11 races at Darlington.
    Kevin Harvick (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 20 races at Darlington Raceway. It is his 20th top-10 finish in 2016.
    Kyle Larson (third) posted his third top-10 finish in three races at Darlington Raceway.
    Chase Elliott (10th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 43 points over Brad Keselowski.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(9-4-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Darlington, race 25 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #2-Keselowski [4 wins], 2nd in points
    2) #18-Busch [4], 7th
    3) #4-Harvick [2], 1st
    4) #19-Edwards [2], 4th
    5) #11-Hamlin [2], 5th
    6) #78-Truex, Jr. [2], 8th
    7) #20-Kenseth [2], 9th
    8) #48-Johnson [2], 11th
    9) #22-Logano [1], 3rd
    10) #41-Busch [1], 6th
    11) #42-Larson [1], 15th
    12) #14-Stewart [1], 27th
    13) #34-Buescher [1], 30th
    no wins, in by points standings
    14) #24-Elliott, 10th in points, 24 pts ahead of 17th
    15) #3-Dillon, 12th, +16
    16) #1-McMurray, 13th, +7
    no wins, not in the Chase
    17) #31-Newman, 14th, -22 out of 16th (after penalty)
    18) #5-Kahne, 16th, -44
    (9-4-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Darlington, race 25 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [2 wins], 840
    2) #2-Keselowski [4], 797, -43
    3) #22-Logano [1], 752, -88
    4) #19-Edwards [2], 746, -94
    5) #11-Hamlin [2], 729, -111
    6) #41-Busch [1], 728, -112
    7) #18-Busch [4], 727, -1103
    8) #78-Truex Jr. [2], 696, -144
    9) #20-Kenseth [2], 669, -171
    10) #24-Elliott, 659, -181
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Darlington Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Darlington: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #34-Buescher, 17th
    Caution 2: #3-Dillon, 12th
    Caution 3: #2-Keselowski, 9th
    Caution 4: #31-Newman, 8th
    Caution 5: #88-Gordon, 14th
    Caution 6: #34-Buescher, 17th
    Caution 7: #21-Blaney, 13th
    Caution 8: #2-Keselowski (2), 9th
    Caution 9: #21-Blaney (2), 13th
    Caution 10: None, #15-Bowyer was involved in the caution
    (9-4-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is scheduled for Sunday, September 4, 2016.
    Television (TV): NBC at 6:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 5:00 pm/et; green flag approx. 6:20pm/et
    Live updates on JAYSKI.com Twitter
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, September 5 at 7:30pm/et on NBCSN

  • Darlington Chase clinch scenarios: With two races remaining in the regular season, 12 drivers have clinched a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, assuming each driver starts the remaining races. Everyone who has a win this season is locked in -- except for Chris Buescher, who has yet to clinch a top-30 spot. A number of drivers who currently have no wins can clinch this weekend, but only if they win the Bojangles' Southern 500.
    Possible to Clinch: #34-Chris Buescher (1 Win, 334 Points, +7 Points Ahead of 31st): Could clinch a top-30 spot with help; which would allow him to clinch a Chase spot on wins.
    The following drivers could clinch with a win or points:
    #24-Chase Elliott (0 Wins, 628 Points, +301 Points Ahead of 31st)
    #3-Austin Dillon (0 Wins, 622 Points, +295 Points Ahead of 31st)
    The following drivers could clinch with a win: #1-Jamie McMurray, #31-Ryan Newman, #5-Kasey Kahne, #6-Trevor Bayne, #21-Ryan Blaney, #47-AJ Allmendinger, #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr, #16-Greg Biffle, #27-Paul Menard, #10-Danica Patrick, #43-Aric Almirola, #15-Clint Bowyer, #13-Casey Mears.
    #38-Landon Cassill could clinch a Chase spot on wins if he gets help with clinching a top-30 spot.(NASCAR.com)(9-2-2016)

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway have been made.
    With the field downsized to 40 cars, three pit stalls (14,28,43) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
    Pole sitter #4-Harvick chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #2-Keselowski took pit stall 8, with an opening in front of it.
    #19-Edwards, who starts 3rd took the 21th pit stall, also with an opening in front of it.
    The final pit stall was taken by #25-Gordon, who starts 15th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.

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

  • NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) 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 NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

  • See Jayski's - 2016 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

  • Final practice for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over after 80 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #2-Keselowski 174.649
    #41-Busch 174.031
    #48-Johnson 174.019
    #5-Kahne 173.656
    #27-Menard 173.454
    Best 10 consecutive lap ave (of 33 drivers) #16-Biffle 170.536
    slowest: #30-Wise 162.120 & #55-Sorenson 161.286.
    most laps run: #48-Johnson, 74; #14-Stewart, 66.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Darlington Final Practice speeds page (pdf).(9-3-2016)

  • First Saturday practice for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson 176.025
    #11-Hamlin 175.060
    #21-Blaney 174.711
    #42-Larson 174.544
    #31-Newman 174.519
    Best 10 consecutive lap ave (of 29 drivers) #48-Johnson 173.389
    slowest: #98-Whitt 164.101 & #32-Earnhardt 162.975. No speed: #55-Sorenson.
    most laps run: #88-Gordon, 69; #41-Busch, 64.
    Notes: #2-Keselowski and #18-Busch were among the drivers to get up into the outer wall and get a "Darlington Stripe".
    Final practice is scheduled for 1:30-2:50pm/et and will be showing on NBCSN.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and best 10 consecutive lap ave on the Darlington Practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-3-2016)

  • Harvick on pole at Darlington: #4-Kevin Harvick will start from the pole for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway after qualifying was canceled and the lineup was set according to the rule book. #2-Keselowski will start 2nd, followed by #19-Edwards, #41-Busch, #22-Logano, #18-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #78-Truex Jr., #48-Johnson, and #20-Kenseth.
    Since the maximum of 40 cars entered the race, everyone made the race.
    See the complete starting lineup on the Darlington Starting Lineup page (pdf).(9-1-2016)

  • On track activity for Friday postponed; Qualifying canceled: With inclement weather expected at Darlington Raceway, NASCAR postponed all at-track activity for Friday. The weather forecast for the remainder of the weekend looks good.
    Due to the schedule change, qualifying for Sprint Cup and NASCAR XFINITY teams has been cancelled. The starting lineups will be set by the rule book. #4-Kevin Harvick will start on the pole for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race.
    Sprint Cup teams will now have two practices on Saturday: 11:00-12:25 & 1:30-2:50pm/et.(9-1-2016)

  • Entry List for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Earnhardt, #55-Sorenson*, #88-Gordon, #95-McDowell, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #55-Sorenson, #98-Whitt
    Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race, 40 is the maximum.
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Darlington Entry List

  • For qualifying rules and format, see Jayski.com's 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

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup CHASE Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 24 of 36, 16 drivers for the Chase]
    Set by most wins, then by points standing
    1) #2-Keselowski [4 wins], 2nd in points
    2) #18-Busch [4], 6th
    3) #4-Harvick [2], 1st
    4) #19-Edwards [2], 3rd
    5) #11-Hamlin [2], 7th
    6) #48-Johnson [2], 9th
    7) #20-Kenseth [2], 10th
    8) #41-Busch [1], 4th
    9) #22-Logano [1], 5th
    10) #78-Truex, Jr. [1], 8th
    11) #42-Larson [1], 15th
    12) #14-Stewart [1], 26th
    13) #34-Buescher [1], 30th
    no wins, in by points standings
    14) #24-Elliott, 11th in points, 27 pts ahead of 17th
    15) #3-Dillon, 12th, +21
    16) #1-McMurray, 13th, +15
    no wins, not in the Chase
    17) #31-Newman, 14th, -15 out of 16th
    18) #5-Kahne, 16th, -52
    19) #6-Bayne, 17th, -58
    20) #21-Blaney, 18th, -71pts
    (8-28-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Points (not CHASE) Standings:
    [after Michigan, race 24 of 36]
    1) #4-Harvick [2 wins], 799
    2) #2-Keselowski [4], 774, -25
    3) #19-Edwards [2], 724, -75
    4) #41-Busch [1], 721, -78
    5) #22-Logano [1], 716, -83
    6) #18-Busch [4], 696, -103
    7) #11-Hamlin [2], 691, -108
    8) #78-Truex Jr. [1], 652, -147
    9) #48-Johnson [2], 648, -151
    10) #20-Kenseth [2], 633, -166
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Michigan Race & Points Report (pdf).

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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying, and 12 sets for the race

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4650; Right-side -- D-4696

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.56 in. (2,224 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.35 in. (2,244 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 19 psi; Left Rear - 19 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 is the same left-side tire code (D-4650) they ran at Darlington last year . . . this right-side tire code (D-4696) was run for the first time earlier this season at Dover . . . compared to what was run at Darlington last year, this right-side features a slight increase in tread gage (thickness) to line it up with Dover . . 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 support of Darlington's throwback initiative, the tires run at this weekend's races will feature different sidewall markings . . . replacing the yellow Goodyear Eagle lettering that became standard in 1992 is a white, stencil-look design that harkens back to the 1980s.

RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

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