- Regan Smith wins at Darlington: #78-Regan Smith won the Showtime Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway for the first win of his career. He stayed on track during the last caution and held off #99-Edwards on a green-white-checker finish.
Edwards held on to finish second followed by #2-Keselowski, #4-Kahne (the pole sitter), #39-Newman, #11-Hamlin, #14-Stewart, #16-Biffle, #1-McMurray, and #56-Truex, Jr.
#29-Harvick and #18-Busch were called to the NASCAR hauler after the race. They were involved in the accident that brought out the final caution of the night. Then as cars were headed to pit road after the checkered flag, they parked next to one another on pit road and Harvick got out of his car to confront Busch, when Busch took off and pushed Harvick’s car out of the way and into the pitwall.
The win was the 5th ever for a car #78 and the first since Jim Paschal won at Columbia, SC running the #78 on July 9, 1955 [see wins by car number page].
There were 21 lead changes among 12 drivers; 11 cautions for 46 yellow flag laps. The attendance is listed as 61,000, down from 67,000 last year.
Scheduled Race Re-Air: Wednesday, May 11 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED
See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski’s Darlington Race Results/Awards page.(5-7-2011)
- Race Fast Facts – Darlington:
Regan Smith won the 62nd Annual SHOWTIME Southern 500, his first victory in 105 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2011.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in four races at Darlington Raceway.
Carl Edwards (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in eight races at Darlington Raceway. It is his eighth top-10 finish in 2011.
Brad Keselowski (third) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Darlington Raceway.
Carl Edwards leads the point standings by 23 points over Jimmie Johnson.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-7-2011)
- 2011 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
[after Darlington, race 10 of 36]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 378
2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 355, -23
3) #18-Kyle Busch [2 wins], 339, -39
4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 331, -47
5) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 328, -50
6) #39-Ryan Newman, 317, -61
7) #14-Tony Stewart, 313, -65
8) #22-Kurt Busch, 306, -72
9) #33-Clint Bowyer, 297, -81
10) #17-Matt Kenseth [1 win], 295, -83
The two wild cards
11) #43-A.J. Allmendinger, 287, -91 [11th]
17) #24-Jeff Gordon [1 win], 272, -106 [1 win]
See drivers championship points standings on Jayski’s Drivers Points Standings page.(5-7-2011)
- Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Dover:
By skipping the last two races, the #21-Wood Brothers team has fallen out of the top 35. The #13 team has moved back in.
32) #36-Blaney/TBR, 156, +16
33) #32-Skinner/FAS Lane, 149, +9
34) #13-Mears/Germain, 147, +7
35) #7-RGordon/RGM, 137, +4 point ahead of 36th
these teams / drivers would need to qualify by speed adt Dover:
36) #21-Bayne/Wood Brothers, 140, -4 points out of top 35
37) #71-Lally/TRG, 132, -12
38) #38-Kvapil/Front Row, 109, -35
39) #37-Raines/Front Row, 106, -38
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.(5-7-2011)
- Montoya, Newman fued continues at Darlington: Tempers were still raging Friday between #42-Juan Pablo Montoya and #39-Ryan Newman, who had a heated discussion at Darlington Raceway about an extended on-track feud. Newman, asked if he hit Montoya during what sources called a heated session inside the NASCAR hauler, said, "That’s speculation." Asked the same question Montoya said, "I don’t know. Ask him." Both drivers tried to downplay their latest flare-up in their morning media sessions, but a later meeting moderated by NASCAR did not go well. The two were called in to discuss their actions last Saturday night at Richmond, where Newman wrecked Montoya early in the race, and Montoya later retaliated by intentionally crashing Newman. "We did have a meeting with both Ryan and Juan relative to their incident, and we made it clear to them that this is their final warning. We also made it clear to them that we will be watching them very closely," NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp said. "The meeting did not go as well as we had hoped it would." NASCAR told the two drivers the discussion is not finished.(Associated Press/ESPN.com)(5-6-2011)
UPDATE: The Juan Pablo Montoya/Ryan Newman feud erupted Friday afternoon at Darlington Raceway. Sources tell FOXSports.com that an altercation broke out between the drivers in the NASCAR hauler, the sanctioning body’s at-track office where private meetings can be held. One source told FOXSports.com that Montoya said after the incident that "Newman hits like a girl." When asked directly about the incident after his qualifying run Friday, Montoya said, "I’m not going to tell you s-. Let’s leave it at that. What happened in the trailer was between me, Ryan Newman and NASCAR. That’s it." Asked about whether Newman threw a punch, Montoya smiled and said, "That’s just speculation. It was a private meeting; that’s why we met in the hauler."(Fox Sports)(5-7-2011)
- Kurt Busch says tirade helped communications: #22-Kurt Busch says his profanity-laced tirade last weekend at Richmond led to a restructuring at Penske Racing that will produce better cars. "Instead of talking about it we’re reacting to it," Busch said on Friday at Darlington Raceway. Busch called out technical director Tom German and anybody else within shouting distance after watching his team drop from first to sixth in the standings over the past five races. He said the reaction to his comments opened up the lines of communication to make changes necessary for improvement, specifically in the chassis. Busch said the restructuring had to do more with communication than moving people around. "This weekend here at the racetrack I see four engineers I haven’t seen at the track – ever," the 2004 Sprint Cup champion said. "I see them at the shop, but never at the track." Busch said there’s always been an open door policy at Penske Racing, but "things just happen slowly sometimes." He acknowledged the cars haven’t been up to par since early last summer after he won the All-Star race and Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.ESPN.com)(5-7-2011)
- Stewart to drive F1 car in exhibition: UPDATE: Barring an unforeseen scheduling hiccup, two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart and 2008 Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton will swap racecars in an exhibition later this year, Stewart-Haas Racing spokesman Mike Arning confirmed Saturday. The seat swap comes at the hands of Mobil 1, a mutual sponsor for the two drivers, and is expected to take place at Watkins Glen International sometime during the summer. The cars involved will not be show cars. They will be legitimate race-prepared machines. Hamilton will man Stewart’s road course ready # 14 Chevy, and Stewart will drive Hamilton’s 2010-model F1 McClaren. The respective drivers’ race teams will travel with them to the event to tune the cars.(ESPN.com)(2-27-2011)
UPDATE: Mobil 1 is bringing Formula 1 World Champion driver Lewis Hamilton and two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart together to swap race cars at the legendary Watkins Glen International in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. This exhibition builds upon Mobil 1’s more than three decades of supporting motorsports champions and globally renowned race teams. The Mobil 1 Car Swap will take place on Tuesday, June 14. Hamilton will take laps in Stewart’s #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet Impala and Stewart will climb into the cockpit of the team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-23. The drivers will drive each other’s car on the long course at The Glen, experiencing the 3.4-mile, 11-turn lap course.(The Glen)(5-7-2011)
- Fans can vote for Harvick’s Daytona scheme: Budweiser and Kevin Harvick will celebrate Fourth of July this year with a special patriotic paint scheme that will be selected by adult NASCAR fans and featured on the #29 Budweiser Chevy during the July 2 race at Daytona International Speedway. Now through June 3, fans 21 years of age or older can visit the Budweiser Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/Budweiser and cast their vote for one of three patriotic paint schemes they would like to see featured on the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet for the July 2 Daytona race. Voting is available in the "Pick Your Paint" tab on the Budweiser Facebook page, and fans can cast one vote daily during the voting period.(Budwesier PR)(5-7-2011)
- ICS tracks to donate unused foods: Jeff Gordon, International Speedway Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy and Darlington Raceway President Chris Browning announced that, on behalf of Drive to End Hunger, Americrown, ISC’s food and beverage concessions operator, will donate all extra food items from the Sprint Cup Series races it services to the local food bank that serves the race track area. Drive to End Hunger is AARP and AARP Foundation’s national effort to end hunger for older Americans. Donations are expected to include breads, produce and other food items and will be prepared for delivery by Americrown on Mondays following ISC’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. The announcement follows ISC’s donations at Daytona International Speedway of more than 7,000 pounds of excess food to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida following the 2011 Daytona 500; Talladega Superspeedway, which donated the extra food from its Aaron’s Dream Weekend to the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama; and Richmond International Raceway Central which donated to the Central Virginia Food Bank.(ISC)(5-7-2011)
- NASCAR community helps victims for tornados: a few examples of what NASCAR the community has done to help folks with relief efforts from the storms that hit Alabama and the South last week.
Between the Red Bull Racing and Hendrick Motorsports transporters approx 65-70,000 lbs of relief items/donations were delivered to Pell City, Ala. to help St. Clair County residents (where 14 people were killed and small communities destroyed) on Weds., May 4; more than 230 people lost their lives on April 27, 2011 due to the outbreak of tornadoes in the state of Alabama.
Items were collected from the following in the NASCAR community: Red Bull, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Stewart-Haas Motorsports, Michael Waltrip Racing, RCR, JRMotorsports, MRN and Victory Junction Gang Camp;
Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation raised more than $5,000 last weekend, with the monies going towards purchases for baby/children’s needs (food, diapers, bottles, socks, underwear, etc..)
More than 16 pallets of water, soda and Red Bull were delivered along with a generator, dozens of coolers, cleaning supplies, canned goods, clothing and items for children (food, formula, sunscreen, clothing, shoes and even brand-new toys)
Plus this today thru Sunday, Talladega Superspeedway will aid the American Red Cross in relief efforts from the storms that tore through Alabama with a $100,000 commitment. And race fans can do their part as well and get a chance at tackling the high-banks of Talladega in turn. For a $50 donation to the American Red Cross race fans will be able to drive their personal vehicle around the track and participate in a blood drive there on Saturday. More info at talladegasuperspeedway.com.(5-6-2011)
- Ned Jarrett added to Darlington Legends Walk: Just days before his induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Ned Jarrett has been added to the Darlington Legends walk on the grounds of the famed 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval. "Ned Jarrett is known throughout NASCAR as one of the nicest and most talented drivers to ever compete on the Cup circuit," said Darlington Raceway President, Chris Browning. "Ned’s two NASCAR Cup championships are an impressive feat as is his 14-lap victory in the 1965 Southern 500." Keeping with the historic racing theme present throughout the Darlington Raceway facility, each of the Darlington Legends Walk monuments resembles a Goodyear racing tire and old style pit board. Each monument is made of solid granite and marble and weighs nearly 2,300 pounds.(Darlington Raceway)(5-7-2011)
- Jeffrey Earnhardt driving at Charlotte: From Jeffrey Earnhardt’s Facebook page, "May 28th we’ll be racing the Nationwide race in Charlotte with Rick Ware Racing."(5-7-2011)