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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Darlington 400

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500

William Byron leads the field to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. (Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina going into the Darlington 400 on May 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

2020 Driver Standings – Top 30

Rank

Drivers

Points

Starts

Wins

Stage Wins

Playoff Pts

Top 5s

Top 10s

Poles

1

Kevin Harvick

164

4

0

1

1

2

4

0

2

Joey Logano

163

4

2

0

10

2

2

0

3

Chase Elliott

144

4

0

3

3

1

2

1

4

Alex Bowman

138

4

1

1

6

1

1

0

5

Jimmie Johnson

131

4

0

0

0

1

2

0

6

Ryan Blaney

123

4

0

1

1

1

1

0

7

Kyle Larson

121

4

0

0

0

1

3

0

8

Aric Almirola

121

4

0

0

0

0

2

0

9

Matt DiBenedetto

118

4

0

0

0

1

1

0

10

Brad Keselowski

118

4

0

1

1

1

2

0

11

Denny Hamlin

111

4

1

1

6

1

2

0

12

Kyle Busch

111

4

0

0

0

2

2

1

13

Clint Bowyer

105

4

0

0

0

1

2

1

14

Chris Buescher

102

4

0

0

0

1

1

0

15

Martin Truex Jr.

96

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

16

Kurt Busch

90

4

0

0

0

1

2

0

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

88

4

0

0

0

1

1

1

18

Bubba Wallace

87

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

19

William Byron

87

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

20

Austin Dillon

77

4

0

0

0

1

1

0

21

Erik Jones

77

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

22

Cole Custer #

73

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

23

Corey LaJoie

68

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

24

Ty Dillon

68

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

25

Tyler Reddick #

68

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

26

John H. Nemechek #

63

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

27

Michael McDowell

60

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

28

Brennan Poole #

40

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

29

Ryan Newman

36

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

30

David Ragan

33

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

Darlington Raceway Data
Season Race #: 05 of 36 (05-17-20)
Track Size: 1.366-miles
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 25 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 23 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 6 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 6 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 1,229 feet
Backstretch Length: 1,229 feet
Race Length: 293 laps / 400 miles
Stage 1 Length: 90 laps
Stage 2 Length: 95 laps
Final Stage Length: 108 laps

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Darlington
Erik Jones……………………………… 110.8
Denny Hamlin………………………… 106.3
Kyle Busch…………………………….. 105.9
Kevin Harvick…………………………. 100.7
Brad Keselowski………………………. 99.5
Martin Truex Jr………………………… 99.2
Jimmie Johnson……………………….. 97.8
Ryan Newman…………………………. 89.9
Joey Logano……………………………. 89.3
Kurt Busch………………………………. 88.6
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2019 races
(15 total) among active drivers at Darlington Raceway.

Qualifying/Race Data
2019 pole winner:
William Byron, Chevrolet
172.487 mph, 28.510 secs., 08-31-19

2019 race winner:
Erik Jones, Toyota
133.825 mph, (03:44:46), 09-01-19

Track qualifying record:
Aric Almirola, Ford
184.145 mph, 26.705 secs. 04-11-14

Track race record:
Matt Kenseth, Toyota
141.383 mph, (03:32:45), 05-11-13

DARLINGTON-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

(Driver stats below are during the Loop Data Era: 2005 to Present)

Kurt Busch (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet)

  • Three top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 16.5, 13th-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.097, 11th-best
  • Driver Rating of 86.6, 10th-best
  • 223 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best
  • 4,334 Laps in the Top 15 (74.0%), fourth-most
  • 517 Quality Passes, second-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • One win, four top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.1, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 8.530, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 105.9, third-best
  • 311 Fastest Laps Run, series-best
  • 4,862 Laps in the Top 15 (88.1%), series-most
  • 561 Quality Passes, series-most

Austin Dillon (No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet)

  • One top five, two top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.5, ninth-best
  • Average Running Position of 16.567, 14th-best
  • Driver Rating of 77.3, 12th-best
  • 18 Fastest Laps Run, 16th-best
  • 879 Laps in the Top 15 (39.8%), 13th-most
  • 126 Quality Passes, 13th-most

Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • One top five, two top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.2, 12th-best
  • Average Running Position of 14.058, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 83.4, 11th-best
  • 61 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best
  • 1,203 Laps in the Top 15 (65.6%), 11th-most
  • 177 Quality Passes, 11th-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • Two wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 7.8, second-best
  • Average Running Position of 8.219, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 106.3, second-best
  • 282 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best
  • 4,567 Laps in the Top 15 (88.7%), second-most
  • 487 Quality Passes, third-most

Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)

  • One win, eight top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles
  • Average finish of 12.5, eighth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.648, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.7, fourth-best
  • 284 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
  • 4,334 Laps in the Top 15 (78.5%), third-most
  • 477 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)

  • Three wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.8, 10th-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.579, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 97.8, seventh-best
  • 292 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
  • 3,776 Laps in the Top 15 (68.4%), fifth-most
  • 427 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Erik Jones (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • One win, two top fives, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 4.7, series-best
  • Average Running Position of 7.550, series-best
  • Driver Rating of 110.8, series-best
  • 66 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-best
  • 1,062 Laps in the Top 15 (96.5%), 12th-most
  • 135 Quality Passes, 12th-most

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)

  • One win, four top fives, six top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 10.7, fourth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.111, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 99.5, fifth-best
  • 159 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best
  • 2,882 Laps in the Top 15 (71.2%), eighth-most
  • 293 Quality Passes, 10th-most

Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)

  • Three top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 16.5, 12th-best
  • Average Running Position of 13.022, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.3, ninth-best
  • 81 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best
  • 2,817 Laps in the Top 15 (69.6%), ninth-most
  • 404 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Ryan Newman (No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

  • Seven top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 12.2, seventh-best
  • Average Running Position of 12.792, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 89.9, eighth-best
  • 74 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best
  • 3,733 Laps in the Top 15 (67.6%), sixth-most
  • 404 Quality Passes, seventh-most

Martin Truex Jr (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)

  • One win, two top fives, six top 10s
  • Average finish of 11.6, sixth-best
  • Average Running Position of 11.255, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 99.2, sixth-best
  • 261 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
  • 3,681Laps in the Top 15 (71.5%), seventh-most
  • 447 Quality Passes, fifth-most

The NASCAR Cup Series 2020 Top 16 in the driver standings at Darlington Raceway

Rank

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

1

Kevin Harvick

23

2

1

8

12

1

14.3

100.7

2

Joey Logano

11

0

0

3

5

1

16.5

89.3

3

Chase Elliott

5

0

0

1

2

1

17.2

83.4

4

Alex Bowman

4

0

0

0

0

0

23.5

58.9

5

Jimmie Johnson

21

0

3

9

12

2

12.1

97.8

6

Ryan Blaney

5

0

0

0

0

0

20.4

68.6

7

Kyle Larson

6

0

0

3

5

0

6.7

111.3

8

Aric Almirola

8

0

0

0

0

1

19.6

67.3

9

Matt DiBenedetto

5

0

0

0

1

1

24.8

52.4

10

Brad Keselowski

11

1

1

4

6

0

10.7

99.5

11

Denny Hamlin

14

1

2

7

11

0

7.8

106.3

12

Kyle Busch

15

0

1

4

10

0

11.1

105.9

13

Clint Bowyer

14

1

0

0

2

4

21.6

73.4

14

Chris Buescher

4

0

0

0

0

0

14.8

73.0

15

Martin Truex Jr

14

0

1

2

6

0

11.6

99.2

16

Kurt Busch

23

2

0

3

9

2

16.5

88.6

* – Based on last 15 races at Darlington Raceway (2005 – 2019).

 

The NASCAR Cup Series Top Five Loop Data Leaders:

Darlington Raceway (Loop Data Era: 2005-Present)

Driver Rating

Average Running Position

Fastest Laps Run

Drivers

Driver Rating

Drivers

Avg. Running Pos.

Drivers

Fastest Laps  

Erik Jones

110.8

Erik Jones

7.550

Kyle Busch

311 (5.6%)

Denny Hamlin

106.3

Denny Hamlin

8.219

Jimmie Johnson

292 (5.3%)

Kyle Busch

105.9

Kyle Busch

8.530

Kevin Harvick

284 (5.1%)

Kevin Harvick

100.7

Brad Keselowski

11.111

Denny Hamlin

282 (5.5%)

Brad Keselowski

99.5

Martin Truex Jr

11.255

Martin Truex Jr

261 (5.1%)

Laps Led

Quality Passes

Laps In The Top 15

Drivers

Laps Led

Drivers

Quality Passes

Drivers

Laps in Top 15

Kyle Busch

716

Kyle Busch

561

Kyle Busch

4,862 (88.1%)

Kevin Harvick

567

Kurt Busch

517

Denny Hamlin

4,567 (88.7%)

Denny Hamlin

562

Denny Hamlin

487

Kevin Harvick

4,334 (78.5%)

Jimmie Johnson

327

Kevin Harvick

477

Kurt Busch

4,083 (74.0%)

Brad Keselowski

293

Martin Truex Jr

447

Jimmie Johnson

3.776 (68.4%)

At Darlington Raceway:

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.
  • There have been 116 NASCAR Cup Series races held at Darlington Raceway.

Starts

  • A total of 733 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway; 451 drivers have competed in more than one race at Darlington.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Darlington with 65.
  • Matt Kenseth leads the all active drivers in starts at Darlington with 25; followed by Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch with 23 each.
  • A total of 124 different drivers have made their NASCAR Cup Series career debut at Darlington Raceway; the most recent was T.J. Bell (May 7, 2011). 
  • Fred Lorenzen (16 starts) leads the series in average starting position at Darlington with a 3.688. 
  • William Byron leads all active drivers in the series in average starting position at Darlington with a 5.5.

Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Darlington Raceway (All-Time and Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Average Start

Starts

Rank

Active Drivers

Average Start

Starts

1

Fred Lorenzen

3.688

16

1

William Byron

5.500

2

2

William Byron

5.500

2

2

Denny Hamlin

8.786

14

3

David Pearson

6.277

47

3

Ryan Newman

10.619

21

4

Frank Mundy

6.667

3

4

Erik Jones

10.667

3

5

Fonty Flock

7.000

8

5

Kurt Busch

10.870

23

6

Jeff Gordon

7.000

36

6

Brad Keselowski

10.909

11

7

Scott Pruett

7.000

2

7

Joey Logano

10.909

11

8

Dick Hutcherson

7.200

5

8

Jimmie Johnson

13.095

21

9

Fireball Roberts

7.200

20

9

Daniel Suarez

13.333

3

10

Bob Burdick

7.500

2

10

Kevin Harvick

14.391

23

Poles

  • A total of 51 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at least one Busch Pole Award at Darlington Raceway; seven are active this weekend.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in Busch poles at Darlington with 12 – (1967, ’70, ’72, ’73 sweep, ’75 sweep, ’76 sweep, ’77, ’78 and ’82)
  • Pearson’s 12 Darlington poles are tied with NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough (12 poles at Daytona) for the second-most poles all-time at a single track in the NASCAR Cup Series. Pearson also holds the series record with 14 poles at Charlotte.
  • Kurt Busch (2001, 2013) and Kevin Harvick (2014, 2017) lead all active drivers in Busch poles at Darlington with two each. 
  • Curtis Turner won the inaugural Busch Pole Award at Darlington Raceway in 1950 in an Oldsmobile with a speed of 82.034 mph.  
  • Nine drivers have won consecutive Busch poles at Darlington, but none are active this weekend.
  • David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Darlington with five (1975 – 1977).
  • Eight drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Cup Series pole at Darlington Raceway.
  • Youngest Darlington pole winner: William Byron (09/01/2019 – 21 years, 9 months, 3 days).
  • Oldest Darlington pole winner: David Pearson (09/06/1982 – 47 years, 8 months, 15 days).
  • A total of 12 different manufacturers have won at least one Busch pole in the NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington Raceway.
  • Ford leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Darlington Raceway with 43 poles; followed by Chevrolet (22), Mercury (13), Pontiac (10), Dodge (8), Buick (3), Oldsmobile (3), Plymouth (3), Toyota (2), Chrysler (1), Hudson (1) and Studebaker (1).

Wins

  • A total of 51 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Darlington Raceway, eight are active this weekend.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in victories at Darlington with 10 wins (1968, ’70, ’72, ’73, ’74, ’76 sweep, ’77, ’79, 80); followed by Dale Earnhardt with nine and Jeff Gordon with seven.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with three wins (2004 sweep, 2012).  
  • 13 drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have posted consecutive wins at Darlington; Dale Earnhardt (1989-1990) and Jeff Gordon (1995-1996) are tied for the series-most consecutive wins at Darlington with three each. 
  • Jimmie Johnson (three) and Denny Hamlin (two) are the only active multiple race winners at Darlington.
  • A total of 11 different drivers have won from the pole at Darlington; led by NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson with four wins (1971, 1972, 1976 sweep). Kevin Harvick is the only active driver to win from the pole (2014) at Darlington. 
  • 20 of the 116 (17.2%) NASCAR Cup Series races at Darlington Raceway have been won from the Busch pole; the most recent was Kevin Harvick in 2014.
  • 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).

NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Darlington Raceway

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

Starting Position

Wins

Winning %

1

20

17.24%

11

3

2.59%

2

17

14.66%

12

1

0.86%

3

13

11.21%

13

3

2.59%

4

8

6.90%

14

2

1.72%

5

12

10.34%

15

3

2.59%

6

4

3.45%

23

2

1.72%

7

4

3.45%

31

1

0.86%

8

6

5.17%

37

2

1.72%

9

8

6.90%

43

1

0.86%

10

6

5.17%

 

 

 

Additional Statistics

Winning %

Wins

Winning from the first Starting Position:

17.24%

20

Winning from the Front Row:

31.90%

37

Winning from a top-five Starting Position:

60.34%

70

Winning from a top-10 Starting Position:

84.48%

98

Winning after Starting Outside the top 20:

5.17%

6

  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Darlington is 43rd by Johnny Mantz in 1950 – the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series event held at the historic raceway.
  • Six drivers have posted their first career NASCAR 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).
  • Youngest series Darlington winner: Erik Jones (9/1/2019 – 22 years, 11 months, 2 days).
  • Oldest series Darlington winner: Harry Gant (09/01/1991 – 51 years, 7 months, 22 days).
  • Kurt Busch leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Darlington without visiting Victory Lane at 23; followed by Ryan Newman with 21.
  • Hendrick Motorsports has the most wins by an organization at Darlington in the NASCAR Cup Series with 14 victories – Tim Richmond (1986), Ricky Rudd (1991), Jeff Gordon (1995, ’96 sweep, ’97, ’98, ’02, ’07), Terry Labonte (2003), Jimmie Johnson (2004 sweep and 2012) and Mark Martin (2009).
  • A total of 11 different manufacturers have won in the series at Darlington; led by Chevrolet with 41 victories; followed by Ford (29), Mercury (10), Oldsmobile (six), Toyota (seven), Dodge (five), Pontiac (five), Buick (four), Plymouth (four), Hudson (three) and American Motor Company (two).

Additional Finishing Position Stats

Runner-Up Finishes:

  • A total of 60 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have finished runner-up at Darlington Raceway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty with eight second-place finishes each.
  • Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in second-place finishes at Darlington with three; followed by Kevin Harvick with two.

Top Five In Runner-Up Finishes at Darlington Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Runner-Ups

Rank

Active Drivers

Runner-Ups

1

Darrell Waltrip

8

1

Denny Hamlin

3

 

Richard Petty

8

2

Kevin Harvick

2

3

David Pearson

7

3

Brad Keselowski

1

4

Mark Martin

6

 

Jimmie Johnson

1

5

Fireball Roberts

4

Joey Logano

1

 

Jeff Gordon

4

 

Kurt Busch

1

Kyle Busch

1

 

Ryan Newman

1

Top-Five Finishes:

  • A total of 139 different drivers have finished in the top-five at Darlington Raceway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty with 25 top-five finishes.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in top fives with nine; followed by Kevin Harvick with eight.

Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Darlington Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top Fives

Rank

Active Drivers

Top Fives

1

Richard Petty

25

1

Jimmie Johnson

9

2

David Pearson

24

2

Kevin Harvick

8

3

Bill Elliott

22

3

Denny Hamlin

7

4

Dale Earnhardt

19

 

Ryan Newman

7

5

Jeff Gordon

19

5

Brad Keselowski

4

 

Kyle Busch

4

Top-10 Finishes:

  • A total of 226 different series drivers have posted top-10 finishes at Darlington Raceway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott with 35.
  • Ryan Newman leads all active series drivers with 13 top 10s; followed by Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson with 12 each.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Darlington Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Top 10s

Rank

Active Drivers

Top 10s

1

Bill Elliott

35

1

Ryan Newman

13

2

Richard Petty

34

2

Jimmie Johnson

12

3

David Pearson

30

Kevin Harvick

12

4

Bobby Allison

26

 

Matt Kenseth

12

5

Mark Martin

26

5

Denny Hamlin

11

Average Finishing Position:

  • Bob Burdick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Darlington Raceway with a 3.0 in two starts.
  • Erik Jones leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Darlington with a 4.667 in three starts.

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position at Darlington Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Avg. Finish

Starts

Rank

Active Drivers

Avg. Finish

Starts

1

Bob Burdick

3.000

2

1

Erik Jones

4.667

3

2

Erik Jones

4.667

3

2

Denny Hamlin

7.786

14

3

Kyle Larson

6.667

6

3

Brad Keselowski

10.727

11

4

Denny Hamlin

7.786

14

4

Kyle Busch

11.067

15

5

Marty Robbins

8.000

2

5

Martin Truex Jr

11.571

14

6

Shorty Rollins

9.000

2

6

Jimmie Johnson

12.095

21

7

Bill Elliott

9.365

52

7

Austin Dillon

12.500

6

8

Herb Thomas

10.429

7

8

Ryan Newman

12.571

21

9

Nelson Stacy

10.500

6

9

Kevin Harvick

14.348

23

10

Brad Keselowski

10.727

11

10

Chris Buescher

14.750

4

Track/Event Specific Stats

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington Raceway is the March 16, 2003 race won by Ricky Craven with a margin of victory of 0.002 second over Kurt Busch.
  • Darlington’s 0.002 sec. margin of victory is tied with the 2011 Spring Talladega race as the closest finishes in the series using electronic scoring.

Top Five Closest Margins of Victory at Darlington Raceway

Margin Of Victory

Date

Race Winner

Runner-Up

0.002

3/16/2003

Ricky Craven

Kurt Busch

0.132

3/21/2004

Jimmie Johnson

Bobby Labonte

0.144

8/31/1997

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Burton

0.169

3/23/1997

Dale Jarrett

Ted Musgrave

Track/Event Specific Stats

  • Four NASCAR Cup Series races have resulted in a NASCAR Overtime finish at Darlington Raceway:

Race Winner

Date

Scheduled No. Of Laps

Actual No. Of Laps

NASCAR Overtime Laps

Kevin Harvick

4/12/2014

367

374

7

Jimmie Johnson

5/12/2012

367

368

1

Regan Smith

5/7/2011

367

370

3

Greg Biffle

5/7/2005

367

370

3

  • Eight of the 116 races at Darlington Raceway have been shortened from their scheduled number of laps; the most recent was the fall race of 2000.

Date

Scheduled No. Of Laps

Actual No. Of Laps

Number Of Fewer Laps

Race Winner

9/3/2000

367

328

39

Bobby Labonte

9/5/1999

367

270

97

Jeff Burton

3/21/1999

293

164

129

Jeff Burton

9/5/1993

367

351

16

Mark Martin

9/6/1992

367

298

69

Darrell Waltrip

9/6/1987

367

202

165

Dale Earnhardt

4/13/1980

367

189

178

David Pearson

9/1/1969

367

230

137

LeeRoy Yarbrough

9/1/1958

367

364

3

Fireball Roberts

  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington Raceway six times: 1952, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2016.  

Lap Leader Stats

  • In total 163 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have led at least one lap at Darlington Raceway.
  • Dale Earnhardt leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Darlington Raceway with 2,648 laps led in 44 series starts.
  • Kyle Busch leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers with 716 laps led in 15 starts.
  • The most laps led in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway by the race winner was 351 laps of the scheduled 400 laps (87%) by Johnny Mantz on September 4, 1950. He started the race from the 43rd position.
  • The most laps led in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway by a driver that did not win the race was 284 laps of the scheduled 367 laps (77%) by Kyle Larson on September 2, 2018. He started the race from the second position.
  • The fewest laps led in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway by the race winner was just the final lap by Ricky Craven on March 16, 2013. He started the race from the 31st position.

Top 10 Lap Leaders at Darlington Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Rank

All-Time Drivers

Led

Completed

% Led

Rank

Active Drivers

Led

Completed

% Led

1

Dale Earnhardt

2,648

14,011

18.9%

1

Kyle Busch

716

5,425

13.2%

2

Richard Petty

2,391

17,120

14.0%

2

Kevin Harvick

581

7,842

7.4%

3

David Pearson

2,116

12,536

16.9%

3

Denny Hamlin

562

5,138

10.9%

4

Jeff Gordon

1,744

11,458

15.2%

4

Jimmie Johnson

554

7,128

7.8%

5

Darrell Waltrip

1,723

16,395

10.5%

5

Kurt Busch

360

7,970

4.5%

6

Cale Yarborough

1,647

12,959

12.7%

6

Kasey Kahne

353

5,751

6.1%

7

Bobby Allison

1,601

12,630

12.7%

7

Ryan Newman

334

7,377

4.5%

8

Harry Gant

1,088

9,144

11.9%

8

Brad Keselowski

293

4,038

7.3%

9

Bill Elliott

980

17,477

5.6%

9

Martin Truex Jr

232

5,144

4.5%

10

Fireball Roberts

916

4,572

20.0%

10

Matt Kenseth

193

8,455

2.3%

 Female Competitor Stats

  • Three female drivers have competed at Darlington Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series – Danica Patrick, Janet Guthrie and Shawna Robinson.

Active Drivers

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Danica Patrick

33

26

9/3/2017

Danica Patrick

25

24

9/4/2016

Danica Patrick

30

42

9/6/2015

Danica Patrick

33

22

4/12/2014

Danica Patrick

40

28

5/11/2013

Danica Patrick

38

31

5/12/2012

Averages

33.2

28.8

 

Inactive Drivers

Starting Position

Finishing Position

Date

Janet Guthrie

26

16

9/5/1977

Shawna Robinson

42

42

3/17/2002

NASCAR in South Carolina

  • South Carolina has hosted a total of 306 NASCAR national series races among 10 different tracks.

Track Name

City

Cup

Xfinity

Gander Trucks

Total Races

First Year

Darlington Raceway

Darlington

116

59

6

181

1950

Columbia Speedway

Columbia

43

0

0

43

1951

Greenville-Pickens Speedway

Greenville

29

2

0

31

1951

Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds

Spartanburg

22

0

0

22

1953

Rambi Race Track

Myrtle Beach

9

13

0

22

1958

Coastal Speedway

Myrtle Beach

2

0

0

2

1956

Lancaster Speedway

Lancaster

2

0

0

2

1957

Gamecock Speedway

Sumter

1

0

0

1

1960

Hartsville Speedway

Hartsville

1

0

0

1

1961

Newberry Speedway

Newberry

1

0

0

1

1957

Totals

226

74

6

306

  • The first NASCAR Cup Series race held in the state of South Carolina was at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 4, 1950 – the event was won by Johnny Mantz in a Plymouth.  

South Carolina In NASCAR

  • A total of 139 different drivers have made at least one NASCAR national series start with their home state recorded as South Carolina.
  • James Hylton leads all NASCAR drivers from South Carolina with the most NASCAR national series starts with 607.

Top Five in NASCAR National Series Starts from South Carolina Drivers

South Carolina Drivers

National Series Starts

Hometown

James Hylton

607

Inman

David Pearson

580

Spartanburg

Cale Yarborough

562

Timmonsville

Jason Keller

522

Greenville

Jeremy Clements

336

Spartanburg

  • Three drivers from South Carolina have been inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame – David Pearson, Cale Yarborough and Cotton Owens.

South Carolina In NASCAR

  • 11 drivers from South Carolina have won at least one race in NASCAR’s three national series; seven have won in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Driver

Cup

Xfinity

Gander Outdoors

Combined

David Pearson

105

1

0

106

Cale Yarborough

83

0

0

83

Cotton Owens

9

0

0

9

Tiny Lund

5

0

0

5

James Hylton

2

0

0

2

Johnny Allen

1

0

0

1

Joe Eubanks

1

0

0

1

Larry Pearson

0

15

0

15

Jason Keller

0

10

0

10

Butch Lindley

0

6

0

6

Jeremy Clements

0

1

0

1

Totals

206

33

0

239

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