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THE RACE: Showtime Southern 500

TRACK: Darlington Raceway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #11 of 36 for the 2010 season
(Updated: often, leading up to the race)

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  • Race: Saturday May 8, 2010 in Darlington, SC

  • Title Sponsor: Showtime

  • Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:44pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • NASCAR Pre-race: FOX - 7:00pm/et

  • Television Race Coverage: FOX, 7:30pm/et

  • In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds

  • Pit Reporters: Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda

  • Hollywood Hotel: Chris Myers and Jeff Hammond

  • SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 12:00pm/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace

  • Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
    Wednesday, May 12 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
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Practice Dates/Times/Television coverage

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  • Practices:
    Friday, May 7, 11:30 am - 1:00pm/et, TV-SPEED

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Friday, May 7, 1:30 - 3:00pm/et, TV-SPEED


Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage

  • Qualifying Draw: Friday, May 7, 10:30am/et

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Friday, May 7 at 5:10pm/et, TV-SPEED, re-air scheduled at 1:30am/et;
    AND live via radio at MRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.


RACE RUNDOWN
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  • Denny Hamlin wins at Darlington: #11-Denny Hamlin won the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway for his 3rd win of 2010 and 11th win of his career. He also won the Nationwide race Friday night. It was his first weekend sweep in Nationwide and Cup. Pole sitter #1-Jamie McMurray finished 2nd, followed by #2-Busch, #24-Gordon, #42-Montoya, #29-Harvick, #18-Busch, #31-Burton, #39-Newman, and #83-Vickers. Harvick extended his points lead to 110 over #48-Johnson, who was involved in a wreck with #43-Allmendinger midway through the race and finished 36th. There were 20 lead changes among 11 drivers and 11 cautions for 56 yellow flag laps.
    See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Darlington Race Results/Awards page.(5-8-2010)

  • Race Fast Facts - Darlington:
    Denny Hamlin won the SHOWTIME Southern 500 (61st Running), his 11th victory in 162 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his third victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2010.
    This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in five races at Darlington Raceway.
    Hamlin completed the weekend sweep, also winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series event this weekend. It is his first career NSCS/NNS sweep.
    The last NSCS/NNS sweep was at Richmond in May of 2009 by Kyle Busch. The last NSCS/NNS sweep at Darlington was September of 1993 by Mark Martin.
    Jamie McMurray (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in ten races at Darlington Raceway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2010.
    Kurt Busch (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 14 races at Darlington Raceway.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-8-2010)

  • Darlington Notes & Facts:
    • Denny Hamlin won the Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Saturday. He started eighth to win his 11th Sprint Cup Series victory in his 162nd race. His last series victory was at Texas, three races ago. All 11 wins have come with crew chief Mike Ford. It was his seventh career superspeedway victory in 108 superspeedway races.
    • Hamlin's victory was his third win in 2010, tying Jimmie Johnson for most. It was Hamlin's fourth top-10 finish in 11 races in 2010, all top-5s. It was his first Darlington Cup Series victory in five races. Hamlin is the 44th different race winner at Darlington.
    • Hamlin also won Friday's Nationwide Series race, the first weekend sweep of his career.
    • Hamlin became the third driver to sweep both the Nationwide and Cup Darlington races in a single weekend, joining Dale Earnhardt (1987) and Mark Martin (1993).
    • Hamlin has finished 13th or better in all five of his Darlington races. He led 104 of the 367 laps raced Saturday and climbed from seventh to sixth in the points standings.
    • Hamlin's win was the 81st Sprint Cup Series victory for Joe Gibbs Racing. It was JGR's third Darlington victory (Bobby Labonte, September 2000; Kyle Busch, May 2008; Denny Hamlin, Saturday). JGR scored its fourth victory in 11 races in 2010 (Hamlin -- 3, Busch -- 1), most by all owners.
    • There have been four different speedway winners this year: Jimmie Johnson (California and Las Vegas), Kurt Busch (Atlanta), Ryan Newman (Phoenix) and Denny Hamlin (Texas and Darlington).
    • Jeff Gordon is the only driver to lead at least one lap in nine of the 11 races this season. Gordon leads all drivers, scoring 60 lap-leader bonus points. Gordon has won only once in the past 12 races in which he has led 100 or more laps. Gordon passed Cale Yarborough for fifth all time in laps led at Darlington (1,720).
    • Four drivers have ranked in the top 12 after each race in 2010: Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth.
    • Tony Stewart dropped from a season-high fifth in points after Bristol to 18th over the past six races.
    • Johnson had a 108-point lead three races ago. He is now second, 110 points behind Harvick.
    • Jamie McMurray (second) posted his best Darlington finish in 10 races.
    • Kurt Busch (third) has been running at the finish in his 14 Darlington races.
    • Gordon (fourth) extended a streak of seven straight Darlington top-5 finishes.
    • Juan Pablo Montoya (fifth) posted his best Darlington finish. He has climbed from 24th to 17th in points in the past three races.
    • Burton (eighth) extended a streak of five straight Darlington finishes of 12th or better.
    • Newman (ninth) has scored five top-10 finishes in his past six Darlington races.
    • Kenseth finished 13th in his 375th career start.
    • Elliott Sadler (21st) has been running at the finish in his 18 Darlington races, the longest current streak.
    • Joey Logano finished 27th in his 50th career start.
    • This was Toyota's second Darlington victory and the fourth victory in 11 races this season for the manufacturer. Chevrolet has six and Dodge has one while Ford remains winless in 2010.
    • The top 10 consisted of six Chevrolets, three Toyotas and one Dodge.
    • Kenseth was the highest-finishing Ford.(ESPN)(5-10-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Darlington, race 11 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 1622
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins], 1512, -110
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win],1509, -113
    4) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1475, -147
    5) #17-Matt Kenseth, 1472, -150
    6) #11-Denny Hamlin [3 wins], 1458, -164
    7) #16-Greg Biffle, 1431, -191
    8) #2-Kurt Busch [1 win], 1420, -202
    9) #31-Jeff Burton, 1394, -228
    10) #5-Mark Martin, 1357, -265
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 1345, -277
    12) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1318, -304
    Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
    13) #56-Martin Truex Jr., 1302, 16 points out of the chase
    14) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 1280, -38
    15) #33-Clint Bowyer, 1280, -38
    16) #1-Jamie McMurray [1 win], 1279, -39
    17) #42-Juan Montoya, 1264, -54
    18) #14-Tony Stewart, 1259, -59
    2009 Chase Drivers not in top 18
    20) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158, -160
    22) #9-Kasey Kahne, 1129, -190
    See standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(5-8-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Dover:
    There were no changes in the top 30. The #37 team is now 22 points ahead of the #38 team.
    32) #71-Labonte/TRG: 899, +88
    33) #34-Kvapil/Front Row: 877, +66
    34) #7-Gordon/RGM/BAM: 854, +43
    35) #37-Conway/Front Row: 833, 22 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Gilliland/Front Row: 811, 22 points out of 35th
    37) #26-Stremme/Latitude43: 706, -127
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(5-8-2010)

  • Penalty Report - Darlington:
    Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
    #18, Pre-Race, Back-Up Car, to the rear
    #38, 48, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
    #20, 54, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #71, 54, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #38, 55, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #13, 64, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
    #48, 84, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #56, 84, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #71, 143, Commitment Line Violation, Pass Thru
    #71, 172, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #13, 173, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #77, 173, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #37, 180, Pitting before pit road is open, Also Rolling a Tire and Commitment Line Violation, Tail End
    #77, 201, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #47, 201, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #71, 228, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #47, 229, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #77, 233, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #82, 266, Commitment Line Violation, Pass Thru
    #98, 283, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
    #31, 344,Running over/under equipment, Stop and Go and Tail End
    (NASCAR Statistics)(5-8-2010)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Darlington: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #99-Edwards, 15th
    Caution 2: #82-Speed, 28th
    Caution 3: #26-Stremme, 24th
    Caution 4: #71-Labonte, 34th
    Caution 5: #48-Johnson, 36th
    Caution 6: #16-Biffle, 22nd
    Caution 7: #99-Edwards (2), 15th
    Caution 8: #6-Ragan, 14th
    Caution 9: #26-Stremme (2), 24th
    Caution 10: #9-Kahne, 20th
    Caution 11: #99-Edwards (3), 15th
    (5-8-2010)

  • Start and Parks? Which teams parked their cars early in the race at Darlington (or seemed to)?
    42nd: #66-Blaney, 35 laps run
    41st: #46-Yeley, 42 laps run
    39th: #64-Bodine, 47 laps run
    with NASCAR's new rule of the first non-crashed car out of the race to be inspected, it would be the #66 this week
    (only count a team with a history of start and park, not a wreck or engine blow and only if 25% or less of race completed)(5-1-2010)

  • Pit Stall Selections - Darlington: The selections of pit stalls for the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway have been made. Pole sitter #1-McMurray chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #24-Gordon took pit stall 7, the first with an opening behind it.
    #83-Vickers, who starts 3rd took the 8th pit stall, the first stall with an opening behind it [after the first pit stall].
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #56-Truex, Jr., who starts 33rd.
    To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Darlington Pit Stall Selection chart.(5-7-2010)

  • Race Coverage of the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, May 8, 2010.
    Television (TV): FOX at 7:30 pm/et; pre-race show at 7:00 pm/et; green flag approx 7:46pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    SPEED, Wednesday, May 12 at 12:00pm/et

  • Lowest-finishing, non-wrecked car to be inspected: NASCAR has instituted a new postrace inspection policy for Sprint Cup races in which the first car out of the race that is not involved in an accident will be held for teardown, much like the cars that currently finish in the top five. That meant that Aric Almirola’s #09 Phoenix Racing’s Chevy was thoroughly inspected after the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race. His engine was taken to be torn down later this week at the NASCAR R&D center in Concord, NC. The policy is expected to impact the start-and-park teams – teams that typically bring a car but don’t have funding to run the entire event. These teams often are not in the top 35 in owner points, so they are required to qualify on speed. The new policy means it is likely that one of the cars that qualify on speed for every race will end up getting torn down. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said Sunday the move was not to discourage start-and-park teams. “We’re just expanding our inspection process and making sure that everybody feels like everybody is on the same playing field, that’s all,” Pemberton said. “It’s all about making sure that the guys who get beat that don’t make the race understand that the guys who get in the race, for the most part, are doing everything right.” The move could cost these teams money, as they will have to pay for an engine rebuild that they might not have needed if they didn’t run many laps. Pemberton said the engine might not be torn down weekly but acknowledged it could cost teams $30,000 for a rebuild. That could lead to those teams racing more instead of risking the cost of a rebuild. Or it could lead to those teams not showing up if they can’t afford to have the motor rebuilt.(SceneDaily)(3-1-2010)

  • NASCAR Revises Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing 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 new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions – the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR), see rules and notes on my Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)

  • NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule: NASCAR has tweaked its rule on wave-around cars under caution. The new rule now dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around. The change began last week with the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after a situation came up in the Nationwide Series race that was new to the double-file restart system instituted in June. In the Nationwide race, Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards was penalized for speeding under green, and then the caution came out. He stayed out and didn't pit and then was among those cars on the end of the lead lap. He then got the "wave around" the caution car (along with the rest of the cars that had stayed out and were on the end of the lead lap) to get to the rear of the line of lead-lap cars. Edwards then went to the end of the line to serve his penalty. That move would not be allowed anymore. The driver would not get the wave around and would start a lap down at the rear of the field on the restart, the penalty for a driver who had a speeding penalty under green but never served it before the caution came out. The new rule in general is any driver under penalty is no longer eligible for the wave around.(SceneDaily)(10-11-2009)

  • Jayski's - 2010 Sprint Cup Race Results Page and from last season: Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
    (pole and race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race)


NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
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  • Darlington Pit Stall Selections

  • McMurray wins pole at Darlington: #1-Jamie McMurray won the Coors Pole for the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway with a speed of 180.370mph, a new track record, for his 2nd pole of 2010 and 5th of his career. #24-Gordon will start 2nd followed by #83-Vickers, #00-Reutimann, #5-Martin, #39-Newman, #47-Ambrose, #11-Hamlin, #12-Keselowski, and #9-Kahne. The go-or-go homers who made the race (7): #55-McDowell, #66-Blaney, #46-Yeley, #26-Stremme, #38-Gilliland, #32-Sorenson, #4-Bodine, and #13-Papis
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #87-Nemechek, #36-Mears, and #09-Bliss
    See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Darlington Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(5-7-2010)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Darlington:
    Jamie McMurray won the Coors Light Pole Award for the SHOWTIME Southern 500 (61st Running) with a lap of 27.264 seconds, 180.370 mph.
    McMurray set a new track qualifying record, breaking Matt Kenseth's 2009 Darlington speed of 179.514 mph.
    This is his fifth pole in 269 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and third top-10 start in 2010. This is the first time in his eight-year career that McMurray has won mulitple poles in a season.
    This is his first pole in ten races at Darlington Raceway.
    Jeff Gordon (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2010 and his 24th in 30 races at Darlington Raceway.
    Brian Vickers (third) posted his third top-10 start at Darlington Raceway. It is his second in 11 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-7-2010)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is scheduled for Friday, May 7, 2010 at 5:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED 5:00pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) only on NASCAR.com
    Jayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
    Qualifying Re-Air: 1:30am/et

  • Qualifying Order for the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is posted. 46 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done.
    The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #43-Allmendinger.
    The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #78-Smith.
    The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #32-Sorenson with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #64-Bodine.
    See the full qualifying order on the Darlington Qualifying Page.(5-7-2010)

  • Happy Hour (final) practice: for the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over after 90 minutes. The top 5 and some notes:
    #1-McMurray 178.064
    #11-Hamlin 177.243
    #2-Busch 177.0339
    #39-Newman 176.835
    #42-Montoya 176.790
    slowest: #99-Edwards 170.614 & #37-Conway 169.345.
    incidents: #16-Biffle hit the wall in turn 4 early and will go to a backup. #2-Busch spun off turn 4 but stayed out of the wall. #87-Nemechek tore up his car coming off turn 4 and sliding into the inside retaining wall. He'll pull out the backup. 35 mintues in, #36-Mears got loose off turn 2, hit the wall and slid down into the inside retaining wall. He will also need a backup. #18-Busch hit the wall in 4 midway through the session. The team will try to repair the car. #47-Ambrose hit the right side of his car late in the session and will go to a backup.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, average speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(5-7-2010)

  • Happy Hour practice rank for the non top-35 drivers at Darlington:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #66-Dave Blaney, 23rd fastest
    #09-Mike Bliss, 24th
    #55-Michael McDowell, 26th
    #13-Max Papis, 27th
    #26-David Stremme, 28th
    #38-David Gilliland, 30th
    #32-Reed Sorenson, 34th
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 46th
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #64-Todd Bodine, 39th
    #36-Casey Mears, 41st
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 44th
    (5-7-2010)

  • Friday's first practice: for the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over after 90 minutes. The top 5 and some notes:
    #43-Allmendinger 173.271
    #66-Blaney 173.185
    #09-Bliss 172.954
    #55-McDowell 172.681
    #11-Hamlin 172.566
    slowest: #7-Gordon 167.665 & #37-Conway 166.034
    Darlington stripes: #88-Earnhardt Jr got one on his second lap out on the track and the crew brought out the backup car. #34-Kvapil scraped the wall shortly thereafter, followed by #20-Joey Logano. #42-Montoya also make slight contact. #33-Bowyer hit the turn 2 wall an hour into the session and will go to a backup. #88-Earnhardt, Jr. then got back into the wall with 15 minutes remaning in the session but there was just minor damage. #82-Speed made contact with turn 4 late. Backup car for him as well. #1-McMurray also pancaked the car in turn 4 with just minutes remaining.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, average speeds on my Practice Speeds Page.(5-7-2010)

  • Darlington practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
    if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #66-Dave Blaney, 2nd fastest
    #09-Mike Bliss, 3rd
    #55-Michael McDowell, 4th
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 18th
    #64-Todd Bodine, 21st
    #36-Casey Mears, 33rd
    #26-David Stremme, 40th
    #38-David Gilliland, 41st
    these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
    #32-Reed Sorenson, 42nd
    #46-J.J. Yeley, 43rd
    #13-Max Papis, 44th
    (5-7-2010)

  • The Entry List for the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is posted, 46 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
    Kevin Conway moves back in to the #37 which is in the top-35 and David Gilliland is listed in the #38 which is not. Terry Cook left the #46, Yeley to drive at Darlington
    Not in top 35 of owners points for the first five races in 2010:
    #09-Mike Bliss (2009 race winner as owner)(40th/10)
    #13-Max Papis (39th/10)
    #26-David Stremme (2009 race winner as owner)(37th/10)
    #32-Reed Sorenson (49th/3)
    #36-Casey Mears (38th/10)
    #38-David Gilliland (36th/10)
    #46-J.J. Yeley (44th/10)
    #55-Michael McDowell (42nd/10)
    #64-Todd Bodine (50th/1)
    #66-Dave Blaney (43rd/10)
    #87-Joe Nemechek (41st/10)
    In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
    the eight who would make it [8]: #'s 09,26,38,36,13,87,55,66
    missing the race would be [3]: #'s 46,32,64
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Darlington Entry List.(5-3-2010)

  • Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Darlington:
    Changes: #38-Conway drops out of the top35 and #37-Gilliland moves back in and has a guaranteed spot at Darlington. so do the drivers swap rides again to make sure Conway will run the race?
    32) #78-Smith/Furniture Row: 807, +85
    33) #7-Gordon/RGM/BAM: 800, +47
    34) #34-Kvapil/Front Row: 792, +39
    35) #37-Gilliland/Front Row: 769, 16 points ahead of 36th
    these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
    36) #38-Conway/Front Row: 753, 16 points out of 35th
    37) #26-Stremme/Latitude43: 615, -154
    The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
    For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(5-1-2010)

  • 2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Richmond, race 10 of 36]:
    rank, car#, driver, points, behind
    1) #29-Kevin Harvick [1 win], 1467
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [3 wins] 1457, -10
    3) #18-Kyle Busch [1 win], 1358, -109
    4) #17-Matt Kenseth, 1348, -119
    5) #16-Greg Biffle, 1334, -133
    6) #24-Jeff Gordon, 1305, -162
    7) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 1268, -199
    8) #2-Kurt Busch [1 win], 1255, -212
    9) #31-Jeff Burton, 1247, -220
    10) #5-Mark Martin, 1242, -225
    11) #99-Carl Edwards, 1227, -240
    12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 1213, -254
    Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
    13) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 1209, 4 points out of the chase
    14) #56-Martin Truex Jr, 1196, -17
    15) #14-Tony Stewart, 1160, -53
    2009 Chase Drivers not in top 15
    16) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 1142, 71 points out of the chase
    18) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 1109, -104
    22) #9-Kasey Kahne, 1026, -187
    24) #83-Brian Vickers, 1019, -194
    See standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(5-1-2010)

  • Some Chassis selections for Darlington:
    #1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion has elected to bring chassis #1006 to Darlington this weekend. This chassis is brand new.
    #2-Kyle Busch: Driver Kurt Busch, crew chief Steve Addington and the "Blue Deuce" crew will be racing their "PRS-725" Miller Lite Dodge Charger this weekend. "It's another one of the new cars the guys have built," said Addington. "We won with a brand new car the first time we race it at Atlanta earlier this year and should have won at Bristol when we brought out another new car."
    #5-Mark Martin: Gustafson has chosen Chassis #5-582 for Saturday night's race at Darlington. This is a brand new chassis that never has been raced, but was tested at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in March.
    #6-David Ragan: Chassis: Primary: RK-638. Last ran Coke 600 - finished 24th; Backup: RK-620. Last ran Vegas - finished 23rd
    #12-Brad Keselowski: The #12 Penske Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-720 during Saturday night's NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway. PRS-720 is a brand-new chassis to the #12 fleet and one of the lightest ever built at Penske Racing.
    #17-Matt Kenseth: Chassis: Primary: RK-616
    #19-Elliot Sadler: The #19 Hunt Brothers Ford team led by crew chief Wally Rogers has prepared chassis #283. This is the same car the team tested last month at the Goodyear tire test at Darlington Raceway.
    #20-Joey Logano: The #20 Team is taking chassis #266 to Darlington Raceway for the Saturday night race. This chassis has yet to be used in competition, but was the back-up car at Texas. Chassis #250 will be the back-up car for the Southern 500, it served the same role last weekend, but was raced three times last year (the fall races at Pocono, Loudon and Phoenix).
    #24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Steve Letarte has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis #24-484 for Saturday night's race at Darlington. Gordon collected three runner-up finishes last season in this car, taking second at Chicagoland Speedway in July, Michigan International Speedway in August and Kansas Speedway in October.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: Harvick will pilot Chassis #297 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This Chevy is brand new for 2010 and will circle a track for the first time at Darlington.
    #31-Jeff Burton: Jeff Burton will pilot chassis #305 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in this weekend's Showtime Southern 500. Built new for 2010, this Caterpillar Chevy will be put through its first paces this weekend.
    #33-Clint Bowyer: Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis #264 from Richard Childress Racing's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Bowyer drove this Chevy four times in 2009, finishing 26th at Phoenix in April, 10th at Michigan in June, ninth at Chicagoland in July and sixth at Richmond in September. In 2010, this was the first Impala in the No. 33's stable to be outfitted with the rear spoiler. It was tested by the Shane Wilson-led team at Walt Disney Speedway (Orlando, Fla.) in February, at Darlington Raceway as part of the Goodyear tire test in March, and at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway's Little Rock in April.
    #42-Juan Montoya: Chassis #910. Brian Pattie will bring chassis #910 to Darlington this weekend. It was previously at Las Vegas where Montoya qualified tenth and finished 37th after an on-track altercation while running in the top-10. This chassis also ran in the 2009 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway where a mid-race incident forced the team to a 38th-place finish.
    #43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 Insignia/Best Buy team led by crew chief Mike Shiplett has prepared chassis #277 for this weekend's 500 mile race in Darlington. This car was last run at the event at Phoenix where Allmendinger started from the pole and finished inside the top 15.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: Johnson will pilot brand new chassis #602 in Saturday night's event. Backup chassis #553 has been driven four times, three of which resulted in victories (Indy 7/09, California 10/09, California 2/10).
    #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr: This weekend, crew chief Lance McGrew and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis #88-584. Earnhardt last raced this chassis at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March, where he scored the pole position and earned a 15th-place finish.
    #98-Paul Menard: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the #98 Richard Petty Motorsports crew have prepared chassis #653 for this weekend's race on the 1.366-mile oval. This is the same Ford the team finished 17th with at Las Vegas back in February.
    (5-6-2010)

  • What happens if qualifying gets canceled/rained out?
    After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
    #2) - Last Years Sprint Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - ALL Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] with Owners points as the tie breaker, if still tied then by best finish
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)

  • Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page

  • Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: Teams outside the top 35 in owners points will qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.

  • 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

  • How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings (not drivers points).

  • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Sprint Cup Series [NSCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
    The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Sprint Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
    If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Sprint Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
    Through the first five races of the season for the Sprint Cup, the top 35 in the NSCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
    Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Sprint Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

  • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Sprint Cup: See my 2010 Past Champions Provisional Page for more


RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS

  • There are three current race tracks the Cup Series runs on that Tony Stewart has not won at a Sprint Cup race:
    Auto Club Speedway 0 for 18 with a best finish of 4th in 1999 & 2001, last race 2/2010 9th
    Las Vegas 0 for 12 with a best finish of 2nd in 2000, last race 2/2010 7th
    Darlington 0 for 17 with a best finish of 3rd in 2009
    Stewart has won at 19 of 23 tracks he has raced on, didn't win at Rockingham which is no longer active for Cup racing.(2-28-2010)

  • 2009 Pole Sitter: #17-Matt Kenseth, 179.514mph, finished 10th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Matt Kenseth, May 2009, 179.514mph

  • 2009 Race Winner: #5-Mark Martin, 119.687mph, started 12th

  • Track Race Record: Kyle Busch, May 2008, 140.350mph

  • Slowest Race Record: Fonty Flock, Sept 1952, 74.512mph

  • Oldest Winner: Harry Gant, 51 years, 7 months, 22 days, Sept 1991

  • Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch, 23 years, eight days, May 2008

  • Most Wins - Active Driver: Jeff Gordon, 7

  • Most Wins - All Time: David Pearson, 10

  • Most Poles - Active Driver: Bill Elliott, 5

  • Most Poles - All Time: David Pearson, 12

  • Most Wins - Owner: Rick Hendrick, 13

  • Most Top 5s: 25 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10s: 35 - Bill Elliott

  • Most Leaders: 20, 9/4/1994

  • Fewest Leaders: 2, 9/4/1950

  • Most Lead Changes: 41, 9/6/1982

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 4, 9/4/1950

  • Most Laps Led [500 miles]: Johnny Mantz, Sept 1950, 351 laps [of 367]

  • Most Laps Led [400 miles]: Richard Petty, April 1966, 281 laps [of 293]

  • Most Cautions: 17, May 2009

  • Most Caution Laps: 101, Sept 1974

  • Fewest Cautions: 0, Sept 1963

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0, Sept 1963

  • Most Finishers on the Lead Lap: 23, Sept 2002

  • Fewest Finishers on the Lead Lap: 1 - 24 times, most recently 9/3/1979

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Johnny Mantz, Sept 1950, started 43rd [75 started, 3 abreast]

  • Most Wins by a Manufacturer: 38, Chevy

  • 44 drivers have posted poles at Darlington

  • A total of 43 drivers have won Sprint Cup races at Darlington

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 19 [of 106]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 16
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 13
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 8
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 11
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 8
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 23: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 31: 1 [2003]
  • Races won from starting pos 37: 2 [2001, 2000]
  • Races won from starting pos 43: 1 [1950]

  • Races won from the Pole: 19 of 106 [17.9%]

  • Races won from the top 5: 67 of 106 - 63.2%

  • Races won from the Top 10: 92 of 106 [86.8%]

  • Races won from the Top 15: 101 of 106 [95.3%]

  • Races won from outside the Top 10: 14 of 106 [13.2%]

  • Other Winning Starting Spots [5]: 23rd - 1; 31st -1; 37th - 2; 43rd - 1

  • At Darlington Raceway::
    · Built as a 1.25-mile paved superspeedway in 1949-50, Darlington Raceway hosted the first 500-mile race in NASCAR history and the first on asphalt on Sept. 4, 1950.
    · 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 106 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Darlington Raceway since the track opened in 1950.
    · There was one race per year in 1950, 1951, from 1953-1959, and again every year since 2005. Darlington held two races a season in all other years.
    · Curtis Turner won the first pole, in 1950.
    · Johnny Mantz won the first race, in 1950.
    · 46 drivers have posted poles at Darlington.
    · David Pearson leads all drivers with 12 poles at Darlington.
    · 43 drivers have won races at Darlington; 25 drivers have won more than once there.
    · David Pearson leads all drivers with 10 victories, followed by Dale Earnhardt with nine.
    · Jeff Gordon is third overall and leads all active drivers with seven victories.
    · Hendrick Motorsports has won 12 races at Darlington, more than any other organization. He broke a tie with Junior Johnson when Jeff Gordon won there in 2007.
    · 19 races at Darlington have been won from the pole, the most productive starting position.
    · The deepest in the field that a race winner has started was 43rd, in the track’s inaugural race in 1950 by Johnny Mantz. That race had a 75-car field.
    · Darlington is the site of one of the closest race finishes in NASCAR history. Ricky Craven edged Kurt Busch by 0.002 seconds on March 16, 2003 – the smallest margin of victory since NASCAR instituted electronic timing in 1993.
    There have been 216 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in South Carolina.
    133 NASCAR drivers (all-time) have their home state recorded as South Carolina.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-4-2010)


PAINT SCHEME NEWS

    Car#/Driver Sponsor/Scheme/Promo Image Link
    #1-Jamie McMurray McDonalds #1 Team Schemes Page
    #5-Mark Martin GoDaddy.com #5 Team Schemes Page
    #14-Tony Stewart Old Spice #14 Team Schemes Page
    #17-Matt Kenseth Crown Royal Black #17 Team Schemes Page
    #18-Kyle Busch Doublemint Gum #18 Team Schemes Page
    #19-Elliott Sadler Hunt Brothers Pizza #19 Team Schemes Page
    #24-Jeff Gordon National Guard Facebook Page #24 Team Schemes Page
    #33-Clint Bowyer The Hartford #33 Team Schemes Page
    #34-Travis Kvapil A & W #34 Team Schemes Page
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr AMP Energy #88 Team Schemes Page
    #98-Paul Menard Turtle Wax #98 Team Schemes Page

  • McDonalds returns to the #1 at Darlington honors Bill France Jr.: For the third time during the 2010 NSCS season, Jamie McMurray and the #1 Team will sport McDonald's colors this weekend at Darlington Raceway for the Showtime Southern 500. One thing different, the #1 Chevy will run a special logo representing former NASCAR Chairman Bill France Jr.(EGR), see an image of the car and the honor on my #1 team paint schemes page.(5-6-2010)

  • Doublemint makes debut on #18: This weekend's race will mark the first time Doublemint Gum has served as primary sponsor for #18-Kyle Busch, as the chewing gum brand's mint paint scheme will adorn Busch's #18 Toyota at Darlington and again at Bristol Motor Speedway in August.(JGR/True Speed Communications), see images of the scheme on my #18 team paint schemes page.(5-6-2010)

  • National Guard on Facebook on the #24: The National Guard will feature its Facebook page on the hood of the #24 Chevy this weekend at Darlington. Support your country and the #24 DuPont/National Guard team by becoming a fan of the National Guard on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NationalGuard.(HMS PR)(5-6-2010)

  • A&W on the #34 at Darlington: #34-Travis Kvapil will run an A&W All American Food scheme on the #34 Front Row Motorsports Ford this weekend at Darlington, the second time this season those, the first being at Martinsville in March (FRM/Breaking Limits PR), see an image of the car on my #34 team paint schemes page.(5-6-2010)

  • Turtle Wax on the #98 at Darlington; testing next week: Turtle Wax will be on the hood of Paul Menard's #98 Menard's Ford this weekend at Darlington Raceway. The #98 Richard Petty Motorsports team and Menard are scheduled at Gresham Motorsports Park (formerly Peach State Speedway) near Jefferson, Ga. next Tuesday.(RPM PR)(5-6-2010)

  • Bill France Jr. featured on #48 at Darlington: A special decal commemorating the induction of Bill France Sr. into NASCAR's inaugural Hall of Fame class will be featured on the decklid of Johnson's #48 Lowe's Chevy for this weekend's Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway. The decals being run are part of a collaborative program to recognize the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The Class will be inducted in a ceremony on May 23 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.(GMR Marketing PR)(5-5-2010)

  • National Guard returns to the #24 in 2010: For the second year in a row, Gordon and the #24 team will be sponsored by the National Guard for eight Sprint Cup Series events. In addition to this weekend at Atlanta, Gordon will partner with the National Guard at seven other venues:
    Texas on April 18, Special Forces
    Darlington on May 8
    Michigan on June 13
    Richmond on Sept. 11
    New Hampshire on Sept. 19
    Martinsville on Oct. 24, and
    Talladega on Oct. 31.
    In eight outings last year with the National Guard on the hood of his #24 Chevy, Gordon scored an average finish of 4.375. His best effort was a win at Texas Motor Speedway in April, while he scored runner-up finishes at Atlanta in March, Michigan in June and Chicago in July. He finished fifth at Darlington in May, third at Richmond in September and fifth at Martinsville in October. Visit the National Guard's www.JeffGordonGuardGarage.com Web site to get free downloads and view exclusive photos of Gordon at the track and sign up for the Fan Club for a chance to win one-of-a-kind prizes.(HMS), see image of the basic scheme on my #24 Team Schemes page.(3-3-2010)

  • The Hartford Renews Its Richard Childress Racing Sponsorship : The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., announced its 2010 sponsorship of Richard Childress Racing’s #33 Chevy and driver Clint Bowyer. For the second straight year, the company is the primary sponsor of the #33 Chevy for three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and an associate sponsor for the remaining events. “The RCR sponsorship is a wonderful experience for our customers and employees,” said Mitch Jawitz, Vice President, The Hartford. “This year, we plan to offer even more ways for NASCAR fans to get involved with the racing experience. Just like Bowyer’s pit crew, The Hartford team is fanatical about keeping our driver’s lives moving forward uninterrupted.” The Hartford’s #33 primary paint-outs will run at:
    Darlington Raceway on May 8
    Pocono Raceway on August 1 and the
    Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on October 10.

    Throughout the race season, the company, which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, will highlight its bicentennial and provide opportunities for fans to engage with the Richard Childress Racing team. This will include contests, sweepstakes and giveaways, as well as exclusive promotions for members of The Hartford Racing Club. The Hartford will also be an associate sponsor of RCR driver #31-Jeff Burton in the Sprint Cup Series. Both Bowyer and Burton will serve as spokespeople for The Hartford focusing on the auto insurance program. For more about The Hartford’s commitment to racing and The Hartford Race Club please visit www.thehartfordracing.com.(RCR), see an image of the scheme on my #33 Team Schemes page.(2-24-2010)

  • Hunt Brothers to sponsor Sadler: looks like Hunt Brothers Pizza, who sponsored Richard Petty Motorsports on the #44 car in 2009, will return in 2010, sponsoring Elliott Sadler for six races on the #19 Ford:
    Atlanta (3/7)
    Texas (4/18)
    Darlington (5/8)
    All-Star Race (5/22)
    Bristol (8/21) and
    Talladega (10/31).
    See images on my #19 Team Schemes page.(1-12-2010)

  • More Paint Scheme news, links and race-by-race chart can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery


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 Marshals: Michael Waltrip, Randy Pemberton, Chris Myers and Brad Daugherty
    Command to start engines: Sprint Cup Mothers
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Randy Pemberton
    Invocation: Pastor Ken Sandifer
    National Anthem: TSgt John Norman and SSgt Kenneth Shelton, Pope Air Force Base
    Military Flyover: 4 jets, not identified

  • For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page

  • Track Websites / Info:
    Darlington Raceway
    Facebook: Darlington Raceway
    Twitter: TooToughToTame
    ISC Motorsports
    ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide

  • May 2009: see my Darlington Race Info page

  • What is a "Darlington stripe" Slang term for the black marks resulting from scrapes with the wall at the 1.366-mile track where the high lane is the fastest. Might be called the "SAFER stripe" this weekend after the addition of the energy-absorbing barriers


  • Inside NASCAR hosts to be Darlington grand marshalls: The hosts of the new SHOWTIME Sports series Inside NASCAR will be literally all over Darlington Raceway for the SHOWTIME Southern 500 weekend serving as Grand Marshalls and participating in numerous pre-race festivities. Plus, legendary mixed martial arts pioneer Frank Shamrock and world-ranked heavyweight contender Brett Rogers will be on hand to experience NASCAR Sprint Cup racing at its best and to represent Strikeforce, one of the world's leading MMA promoters. The Inside NASCAR cast of Michael Waltrip, Randy Pemberton, Chris Myers and Brad Daugherty will meet fans, participate in Q&A sessions and sign autographs at the SHOWTIME display area on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. for one hour each session. Shamrock and Rogers also will meet fans and sign autographs at the SHOWTIME Sports display area on Saturday from 3 p.m. As Grand Marshalls, Waltrip, Pemberton and Daugherty will introduce the mothers of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers to give the command to start their engines prior to the SHOWTIME Southern 500. Pemberton will then make his way to the flag stand to wave the green-flag to start 500-miles of heart-pounding racing under the lights at the track "Too Tough To Tame."(Darlington PR)(5-6-2010)

  • Facility improvements hightlight Darlington race weekend: Fans attending the 2010 SHOWTIME Southern 500 this weekend will notice several facility improvements around Darlington Raceway. Many of the improvements are a direct result of feedback received from Darlington's passionate fans. When the green-flag drops on the Royal Purple 200 presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts on Friday and the SHOWTIME Southern 500 on Saturday it will be from a new illuminated flag stand. The new flag stand, installed during the off-season, features illuminated signage to showcase Darlington Raceway sponsors. Fans sitting in the Pearson grandstand in turn four will notice new and improved restroom facilities that will help decrease wait times during this weekend's events. The facilities are also equipped with water-saving technology to reduce the number of gallons of water used in the track's restrooms. New parking lot signage has been added to the track's lots at Gate 40 off of Highway 151 that will make finding cars easier after a long night of racing at the track "Too Tough To Tame." The signs all feature legendary NASCAR drivers including South Carolina natives, Cale Yarborough and David Pearson. Finally, Darlington Raceway expanded its family section seating to include sections on the frontstretch and backstretch. Each Family Section offers a non-smoking, non-drinking, family friendly atmosphere for the 2010 events at Darlington Raceway.(Darlington PR)(5-5-2010)

  • Showtime Southern 500 week declared: The week of the Showtime Southern 500 has once again been named Darlington Raceway week in South Carolina. The South Carolina Senate and House of Representatives recently passed a Concurrent Resolution decaling race week “Darlington Raceway Week in South Carolina, a week ‘Too Tough To Tame.’” The famed track’s 60 year history is a major reason that the South Carolina Senate and House of Representatives passed this Concurrent Resolution. The Resolution outlines the historical significance of Darlington Raceway and addresses the role the track played in building the foundation of what has become the number one spectator sport in the country. The Showtime Southern 500 week will shift into high-gear on Thursday with the sixth annual Car Hauler Parade making its way from the Florence Civic Center through the Darlington Square and finishing at the track. The racing action will rev up on Friday with a full day of on-track activity scheduled including practice and qualifying for the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series Royal Purple 200 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts on Friday night. Saturday the Showtime Southern 500 will take the green-flag at 7:30 pm [actually around 7:44pm/et]. with NASCAR’s biggest stars battling for the Johnny Mantz Showtime Southern 500 trophy under the lights. Tickets for both Friday and Saturday are still available and can be purchased by calling 866-459-RACE or at the track’s website, DarlingtonRaceway.com.(Darlington Raceway)(5-3-2010)

  • Darlington ticket office open on weekends: The Darlington Raceway ticket office will open during the weekend to make ticket purchases more convenient and accessible for race fans. The ticket office will be open every Saturday and Sunday leading up to the SHOWTIME Southern 500 on May 8, 2010. Beginning Saturday, April 10, the ticket office will be open for fans to purchase their tickets. The weekend hours will be 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Sundays. The track's normal business hours of 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. will continue Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Darlington Raceway ticket office at 866-459-RACE or online at http://www.darlingtonraceway.com/tickets/.(Darlington PR)(4-10-2010)

  • Darlington racing green: The green flag will be greener than ever as it signals the start of the Darlington 200 and Southern 500 races at Darlington Raceway May 7-8. For the first time, all the electrical needs of these NASCAR races will be met with 100 percent Green Power. The raceway dubbed “Too Tough To Tame” goes green that weekend with the help of Santee Cooper and Pee Dee Electric Cooperative. Darlington Raceway has purchased Green-e Energy Certified Green Power blocks and tags offered by Pee Dee Electric Cooperative and Santee Cooper. Toy Nettles, president and CEO of Pee Dee Electric Cooperative, said, “Pee Dee Electric Cooperative is extremely proud to partner with Darlington Raceway in providing 100% Green Power for the entire NASCAR weekend, including the Darlington 200 and the fan favorite Southern 500. These races will be run under the glow of the “Green-e” logo and all the rigorous standards it represents.” Santee Cooper has over 21 megawatts of clean, renewable Green Power from sources including landfill biogas and solar power. In fact, Santee Cooper is the only utility generating Green Power in South Carolina, and Pee Dee Electric Cooperative promotes Green Power sales to its 30,000 customers. Green-e Marketplace provides forward-thinking organizations with a simple, nationally recognized logo they can use to communicate their commitment to renewable energy to their customers and shareholders. The Green-e logo is the nation’s leading symbol of renewable energy excellence and distinguishes Green-e Marketplace participants as environmental leaders. Green-e is a program of Center for Resource Solutions, a nonprofit that creates policy and market solutions to advance sustainable energy. To learn more, visit Center for Resource Solutions and Green-e Marketplace. Incorporated in 1939, Pee Dee Electric Cooperative serves parts of six counties in northeastern South Carolina. The 30,000-plus members of the electric distribution co-op live in Darlington, Marion, Florence, Lee, Dillon and Chesterfield counties.(Darlington Raceway)(4-5-2010)

  • Showtime to sponsor Southern 500: Showtime Networks Inc., the home of popular cable series like "Dexter" and "Weeds," agreed to a multiyear deal to become the title sponsor for Darlington Raceway's Southern 500. "I think they bring a lot to the table," track president Chris Browning told The Associated Press, ahead of an official announcement expected later Monday. This is a first for Showtime, which launched its "Inside NASCAR" program in February. Ken Hershman, executive vice president and general manager of Showtime Sports, said the sponsorship is the next step in linking the network with one of the country's most popular sports. The May 8 race will be known as the Showtime Southern 500. Like many sporting events, Darlington Raceway has struggled to find corporate backing in a floundering economy. Showtime will be Darlington's third title sponsor in the past three races, after a five-year deal with the Carolina Dodge Dealers ended in 2008. Last year, Browning signed GoDaddy.com to underwrite the event about a month before the green flag dropped. "Inside NASCAR" is a weekly highlights and analysis show along the lines of its "Inside the NFL" series. The NASCAR show is hosted by Chris Myers, Randy Pemberton, former NBA star Brad Daugherty and driver Michael Waltrip. Getting more than a one-year commitment from Showtime means both the network and the track can take full advantage of each other's resources leading up to the 2011 race. One wrinkle is a contest where a viewer can win a VIP experience to Darlington's race on Mother's Day Weekend. Showtime spokesman Chris DeBlasio said along with an up-close look at the Sprint Cup race, the winner will show up in Victory Lane and be presented a replica of the trophy that will go to the race champion. The network also expects to have a hospitality tent for fans on Darlington grounds, with perhaps some celebrities from its cable shows popping by.(AP/ESPN)
    AND: Showtime, which debuted its “Inside NASCAR” show last month, is climbing deeper into the sport by title-sponsoring the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. The sponsorship is a multiyear agreement between the network and the historic track.(Sports Business Journal)(3-30-2010)

  • Darlington Expands family section: Darlington Raceway will expand its family section seating for the 2010 Southern 500 announced track President, Chris Browning. Family sections will now be available on both straight-aways at Darlington Raceway. Wallace grandstand section V on the frontstretch and Colvin grandstand section X on the backstretch will be designated family sections. Each family section will be designated as a non-smoking, non-drinking seating option geared towards families. Family seating can be purchased today by contacting the Darlington Raceway ticket office at 866-459-RACE or visiting DarlingtonRaceway.com.(Darlington PR)(1-31-2010)

  • Darlington President wins Littlejohn Award: Darlington Raceway President, Chris Browning, was award the prestigious Joe Littlejohn award at the 2010 National Motorsport Press Association convention in Concord, N.C. Browning, who has served as Darlington Raceway President since 2004, was selected by the members of the NMPA because of his commitment and dedication to motorsports. During his tenure at Darlington, Browning has made the NMPA Hall of Fame - located in the Darlington Raceway Museum - a top priority and has overseen numerous facility improvements. The Joe Littlejohn award is given annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the NMPA and motorsports.(Darlington Raceway)(1-29-2010)

  • Trucks to race at Darlington? UPDATE: Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with host Dave Moody is reporting that the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will compete at Darlington Raceway in August of this year, as a replacement for the now-canceled event at the Milwaukee Mile. Expect an official announcement during this week's NASCAR portion of the annual Media Tour.(Sirius Speedway PR)(1-19-2010)
    UPDATE: been told that the date of the race will be August 14, 2010.(1-20-2010)
    UPDATE: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will make a return to the track “Too Tough to Tame” on August 14, 2010 announced. “Our fans have asked us to bring back the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series because Darlington is a perfect fit for the tough racing the series offers,” said Darlington President Chris Browning. “We are excited to be able to bring back the trucks in 2010 and look forward to putting on a memorable show for all of our fans.” The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series raced at Darlington Raceway from 2001-04. The late Bobby Hamilton won the Inaugural event in 2001 and again in 2003. Ted Musgrave raced to Victory Lane in 2002 and Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne took the checkered flag in 2004 – the series’ last visit to the track. General admission seating is available for only $25 and children 12 and under will be admitted free. Each admission includes all practice and qualifying sessions as well as the Too Tough to Tame 200 which is set to take the green-flag at approximately 7:30 p.m. In addition to grandstand seating, fans may also purchase a pre-race pit pass for just $15 each. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Darlington Raceway ticket office at 866-459-RACE or online at darlingtonraceway.com/tickets/.(Darlington Raceway)(1-20-2010)

  • Darlington opens ticket kiosk in Myrtle Beach: Darlington Raceway has opened up a ticket kiosk location in the popular Tanger Outlet center located on Highway 17 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The kiosk opened the week of Thanksgiving and will remain open for the remainder of the year. Fans taking advantage of the opportunity to purchase tickets at the Tanger Outlet kiosk location will receive a DVD copy of the 2009 Southern 500. The race, won by fan favorite Mark Martin, was the marquee event during Darlington Raceway's 60th Season of Racing. Tickets to the 2010 Southern 500, as well as the NASCAR Nationwide Series Darlington 200 are on-sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Darlington Raceway ticket office at 866-459-RACE or online at darlingtonraceway.com/tickets/.(Darlington PR)(12-11-2009)

  • Darlington Raceway receives Landscape Design Award: Darlington Raceway has received the prestigious Landscape Design Award from the Landscape Critics Council of South Carolina. The award is given annually to a business in the state of South Carolina that exhibits well manicured and unique landscape displays. The award is voted on by members of the Landscape Critics Council of South Carolina. Darlington’s new tunnel entrance, infield camping areas, hospitality village and main administration entrance played a large role in swaying voters to select Darlington Raceway as the Landscape Design Award winner. Tickets to the 2010 Southern 500, as well as the NASCAR Nationwide Series Darlington 200 are on-sale now. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Darlington Raceway ticket office at 866-459-RACE or online at darlingtonraceway.com.(Darlington Raceway)(10-26-2009)

  • Darlington reduces price on 40,000 seats: Tickets for the 2010 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway go on-sale to the public this Saturday, October 10. The famed 500-mile race will once again take place on Saturday night of Mother's Day weekend and will be preceded by the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 on Friday evening. Fans purchasing tickets for the 2010 installment of the Southern 500 will notice new, lower prices in nearly every grandstand at Darlington Raceway. Officials at Darlington reduced ticket prices on over 40,000 seats during the off-season making attending the Southern 500 more affordable than ever. With ticket prices starting as low as $35 night-racing at Darlington is the best value on the Sprint Cup Circuit. Tickets for both events and the Darlington Stripe Zone can be purchased by calling the Darlington Raceway ticket office at 866-459-RACE or online at http://www.darlingtonraceway.com/tickets/.(Darlington Raceway PR)(10-8-2009)

  • Commemorative Darlington 60th Season DVD available: Darlington Raceway has worked with NASCAR Media Group to produce a special commemorative DVD of the 2009 Southern 500 presented by GoDaddy.com. Each DVD includes:
    · Full broadcast length version of the 60th running of the Southern 500 presented by GoDaddy.com
    · Downloadable screen savers for PC or MAC users
    · Free 5X7 print from Officially licensed artist Stephen Balok
    · Coupon from NASCAR.com
    DVD’s can be purchased by visiting the track’s website, DarlingtonRaceway.com, for only $9.99 plus tax and shipping and handling.(Darlington Raceway)(6-1-2009)

  • Emergency texting available to race patrons: International Speedway Corporation (ISC) has partnered with InStadiumSolutions to implement a text-message based communication system at all of its 12 motorsports facilities. The service was introduced last weekend during the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Darlington Raceway. The system allows fans to communicate with the racetrack's command post if assistance is needed inside the facility. The technology was tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November during the final weekend of the NASCAR season. Instructions will be posted throughout each racetrack and will be broadcast through audio and video public announcements. Besides Darlington and Homestead-Miami, ISC owns and/or operates Daytona, Talladega, Michigan, Richmond, Auto Club Speedway, Kansas, Phoenix, Chicago, Martinsville and Watkins Glen. The Fan Text Messaging Service is also being used by several professional and college teams, as well as at events such as the Super Bowl, BCS National Championship and World Baseball Classic.

  • Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Darlington Raceway


GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

    Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side - 1,500, Right-side - 1,500;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575

    Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4328; Right-side -- D-4234

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.1 in.; Right-side -- 88.3 in.

    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

    Estimated Pit Window: Every 55-60 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).

    Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes this weekend . . . this is the first time these teams have run this combination of left- and right-side tires at Darlington, though they have run this right-side tire code several times in the past . . . Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams have run this right-side with a different left-side at Las Vegas and Charlotte in 2009, and will do so again in 2010 . . . this tire set-up was confirmed for Darlington at a Goodyear test at the track on March 9 . . . teams participating in that test were the No. 19 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with Elliott Sadler, No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Clint Bowyer and No. 47 JTG-Daugherty Racing Toyota with Marcos Ambrose . . . compared to what was run at Darlington last year, this tire set-up features a left-side mold shape and compound change and right-side construction change, all designed to give the cars more grip . . . . 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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