NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Bojangles' Southern 500 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, April 12
SITE: Darlington Raceway -- Darlington, S.C.
TRACK: 1.366-mile oval
CAPACITY: 60,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 65th
TELEVISION: FOX
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 6:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, April 11/6:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Matt Kenseth
RUNNER-UP: Denny Hamlin
POLE WINNER: Kurt Busch (finished 14)
MILES: 501.3
LAPS: 367
QUALIFYING RECORD: Kurt Busch, 2013 (181.918 mph)
RACE RECORD: Matt Kenseth, 2013 (141.383 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Matt Kenseth76Kyle Busch3
2Denny Hamlin67Carl Edwards17
3Jeff Gordon88Juan Pablo Montoya12
4Jimmie Johnson29Dale Earnhardt Jr16
5Kevin Harvick1010Ryan Newman21
2013 Bojangles' Southern 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 141.383 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 32mins., 45 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.155 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 25 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 4 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kurt Busch (181.918 mph)
Past Bojangles' Southern 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Matt Kenseth (7) -- Toyota -- 141.383 mph
2012 -- Jimmie Johnson (2) -- Chevrolet -- 133.802 mph
2011 -- Regan Smith (23) -- Chevrolet -- 129.678 mph
2010 -- Denny Hamlin (8) -- Toyota -- 126.605 mph
2009 -- Mark Martin (12) -- Chevrolet -- 119.687 mph
2008 -- Kyle Busch (6) -- Toyota -- 140.350 mph
2007 -- Jeff Gordon (10) -- Chevrolet -- 124.372 mph
2006 -- Greg Biffle (9) -- Ford -- 135.127 mph
2005 -- Greg Biffle (3) -- Ford -- 123.031 mph
2004 -- Jimmie Johnson (4) -- Chevrolet -- 125.004 mph
2003 -- Terry Labonte (3) -- Chevrolet -- 120.736 mph
2002 -- Jeff Gordon (3) -- Chevrolet -- 118.617 mph
2001 -- Ward Burton (37) -- Dodge -- 122.773 mph
2000 -- Bobby Labonte (37) -- Pontiac -- 108.275 mph
1999 -- Jeff Burton (15) -- Ford -- 107.816 mph
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (5) -- Chevrolet -- 139.031 mph
1997 -- Jeff Gordon (7) -- Chevrolet -- 121.149 mph
1996 -- Jeff Gordon (2) -- Chevrolet -- 135.757 mph
1995 -- Jeff Gordon (5) -- Chevrolet -- 121.231 mph
1994 -- Bill Elliott (9) -- Ford -- 127.952 mph
1993 -- Mark Martin (4) -- Ford -- 137.932 mph
1992 -- Darrell Waltrip (9) -- Chevrolet -- 104.839 mph
1991 -- Harry Gant (5) -- Oldsmobile -- 133.508 mph
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt (1) -- Chevrolet) -- 123.141 mph
1989 -- Dale Earnhardt (10) -- Chevrolet -- 135.462 mph
1988 -- Bill Elliott (1) -- Ford -- 128.297 mph
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (5) -- Chevrolet -- 115.520 mph
1986 -- Tim Richmond (1) -- Chevrolet -- 120.992 mph
1985 -- Bill Elliott (1) -- Ford -- 121.271 mph
1984 -- Harry Gant (1) -- Chevrolet -- 128.526 mph
1983 -- Bobby Allison (14) -- Buick -- 123.343 mph
1982 -- Cale Yarborough (9) Buick -- 115.246 mph
1981 -- Neil Bonnett (3) -- Ford -- 126.410 mph
1980 -- Terry Labonte (10) -- Chevrolet -- 115.210 mph
1979 -- David Pearson (5) -- Chevrolet -- 126.260 mph
1978 -- Cale Yarborough (6) -- Oldsmobile -- 116.692 mph
1977 -- David Pearson (5) -- Mercury -- 106.740 mph
1976 -- David Pearson (1) -- Mercury -- 120.534 mph
1975 -- Bobby Allison (3) -- AMC -- 116.828 mph
1974 -- Cale Yarborough (4) -- Chevrolet -- 111.076 mph
1973 -- Cale Yarborough (8) -- Chevrolet -- 134.033 mph
1972 -- Bobby Allison (1) -- Chevrolet -- 128.124 mph
1971 -- Bobby Allison (1) -- Mercury -- 131.399 mph
1970 -- Buddy Baker (2) -- Dodge -- 129.068 mph
1969 -- LeeRoy Yarbrough (4) -- Ford -- 105.612 mph
1968 -- Cale Yarborough (2) -- Mercury -- 126.132 mph
1967 -- Richard Petty (1) -- Plymouth -- 130.423 mph
1966 -- Darel Dieringer (3) -- Mercury -- 114.830 mph
1965 -- Ned Jarrett (10) -- Ford -- 115.924 mph
1964 -- Buck Baker (6) -- Dodge -- 117.757 mph
1963 -- Fireball Roberts (9) -- Ford -- 129.785 mph
1962 -- Larry Frank (10) -- Ford -- 117.965 mph
1961 -- Nelson Stacy (3) -- Ford -- 101.883 mph
1960 -- Buck Baker (2) -- Pontiac -- 105.901 mph
1959 -- Jim Reed (14) -- Chevrolet -- 111.884 mph
1958 -- Fireball Roberts (2) -- Chevrolet -- 102.585 mph
1957 -- Speedy Thompson (7) -- Chevrolet -- 100.094 mph
1956 -- Curtis Turner (11) -- Ford -- 95.167 mph
1955 -- Herb Thomas (8) -- Chevrolet -- 92.789 mph
1954 -- Herb Thomas (23) -- Hudson -- 95.027 mph
1953 -- Buck Baker (7) -- Oldsmobile -- 92.881 mph
1952 -- Fonty Flock (1) -- Oldsmobile -- 74.513 mph
1951 -- Herb Thomas (2) -- Hudson -- 76.907 mph
1950 -- Johnny Mantz (43) -- Plymouth -- 75.251 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Southern 500 (1950-1988, 2009); Heinz Southern 500
(1989-1991); Mountain Dew Southern 500 (1992-97, 2001-04); Pepsi
Southern 500 (1998-2000); Dodge Charger 500 (2005-07); Dodge Challenger
500 (2008), Showtime Southern 500 (2010-11).
 
Past Bojangles' Southern 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Kurt Busch -- 14
2012 -- Greg Biffle -- 12
2011 -- Kasey Kahne -- 4
2010 -- Jamie McMurray -- 2
2009 -- Matt Kenseth -- 10
2008 -- Greg Biffle -- 43
2007 -- Clint Bowyer -- 9
2006 -- Kasey Kahne -- 21
2005 -- Kasey Kahne -- 3
2004 -- None -- Weather
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 23
2002 -- None -- Weather
2001 -- Kurt Busch -- 39
2000 -- Jeremy Mayfield -- 41
1999 -- Kenny Irwin -- 31
1998 -- Dale Jarrett -- 3
1997 -- Bobby Labonte -- 7
1996 -- Dale Jarrett -- 14
1995 -- John Andretti --12
1994 -- Geoff Bodine -- 27
1993 -- Ken Schrader -- 9
1992 -- Sterling Marlin -- 28
1991 -- Davey Allison -- 12
1990 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 1
1989 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 32
1988 -- Bill Elliott -- 1
1987 -- Davey Allison -- 29
1986 -- Tim Richmond -- 1
1985 -- Bill Elliott -- 1
1984 -- Harry Gant -- 1
1983 -- Neil Bonnett -- 4
1982 -- David Pearson -- 37
1981 -- Harry Gant -- 14
1980 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 25
1979 -- Bobby Allison -- 10
1978 -- David Pearson -- 28
1977 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 6
1976 -- David Pearson -- 1
1975 -- David Pearson -- 27
1974 -- Richard Petty -- 35
1973 -- David Pearson -- 2
1972 -- Bobby Allison -- 1
1971 -- Bobby Allison -- 1
1970 -- David Pearson -- 4
1969 -- Cale Yarborough -- 29
1968 -- Charlie Glotzbach -- 4
1967 -- Richard Petty -- 1
1966 -- LeeRoy Yarbrough -- 8
1965 -- Junior Johnson -- 44
1964 -- Richard Petty -- 3
1963 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 3
1962 -- Fireball Roberts -- 36
1961 -- Fireball Roberts -- 2
1960 -- Fireball Roberts -- 9
1959 -- Fireball Roberts -- 7
1958 -- Eddie Pagan -- 36
1957 -- Cotton Owens -- 2
1956 -- Speedy Thompson -- 2
1955 -- Fireball Roberts -- 66
1954 -- Buck Baker -- 44
1953 -- Fonty Flock -- 2
1952 -- Fonty Flock -- 1
1951 -- Frank Mundy -- 82
1950 -- Curtis Turner -- 60
Last Race Results
RACE: Duck Commander 500 (April 7)
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas
MILES: 510
LAPS: 340
WINNER: Joey Logano
RUNNER-UP: Jeff Gordon
THIRD: Kyle Busch
FOURTH: Brian Vickers
FIFTH: Kyle Larson
POLE WINNER: Tony Stewart (finished 10)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 48 mins., 2 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 134.191 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.476 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 49 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 18 among 9 drivers
LAP LEADERS: T. Stewart 1-24; K. Harvick 25; T. Stewart 26-50; R. Sorenson 51;
T. Stewart 52-76; B. Keselowski 77-96; J. Gordon 97-98; B.
Keselowski 99-121; D. Hamlin 122-140; J. Gordon 141-142; Kyle
Busch 143-152; J. Gordon 153-183; B. Keselowski 184-225; J.
Logano 226-299; D. Hamlin 300; C. Bowyer 301; J. Logano 302-334;
J. Gordon 335-339; J. Logano 340.
Bojangles' Southern 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Cessna
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
3.Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Dow
4.Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
7Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot/Flying J
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/DeWalt
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/Sports Clips
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M/Red Cross
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Nationwide Insurance
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20 *Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot Husky
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
23Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
26Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/TBA
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Certain Teed
30Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Swan Energy
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/Keen Parts
33David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/CSX
35David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Ford/MDS Transport
36Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/TBA
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/A&W All American Food
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Hillman Racing
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Fresh From Florida
44J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/TBA
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Clorox
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Kobalt Tools
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/TBA
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/Land Castle Title
77Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Ford/TBA
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Borla Exhaust
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Ford EcoBoost
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Matt Kenseth263761013256Won
Denny Hamlin---102713Won622
Jeff Gordon22Won35412353
Jimmie Johnson7431323615Won4
Kevin Harvick1437173911617165
Kyle Busch23737Won3471146
Carl Edwards939523215277
Dale Earnhardt Jr.8584271814179
Ryan Newman564374952310
Clint Bowyer---239153732311111
Greg BiffleWonWon154382281213
Kurt Busch37191212163272114
Tony Stewart10126213237315
Kasey Kahne321202223204817
Joey Logano------------927351022
Brad Keselowski------------71231532
Brian Vickers16414325311034------
Kyle Larson---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Kyle Busch - started 29 and finished 3
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Denny Hamlin
Last Week's Pick to Win (Matt Kenseth) - finished 7
 
NOTES:
The Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway is the eighth race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

This race had been scheduled on the night before Mother's Day from 2005-13 but was switched to the second weekend in April this year. Kansas Speedway will host a night race for the first time on May 10, the day before Mother's Day.

Nicknamed the track "Too Tough To Tame" and the "Lady In Black," Darlington Raceway was built as a 1.25-mile paved superspeedway in 1950. The track was remeasured to 1.375 miles in 1953 and then reconfigured to 1.366 miles following the spring race in 1970. Darlington was repaved in 1995 and again prior to the 2008 season.

Darlington has 25 degrees of banking in turns 1 and 2 and 23 degrees in turns 3 and 4. There is 6 degrees of banking on both the frontstretch and backstretch. The lengths of both straightaways are 1,229 feet.

This racetrack hosted the inaugural 500-mile race in NASCAR and the first on asphalt on Sept. 4, 1950, which was won by Johnny Mantz.

There have been 110 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Darlington. The series competed at this track twice each season from 1960-2004 and then once each year since 2005.

Richard Petty holds the record for most starts at Darlington with 65. Jeff Gordon's 33 starts at this track is the most among those drivers entered in this weekend's race.

David Pearson holds the record for most victories at Darlington with 10, followed by Dale Earnhardt with nine. Gordon's seven wins at this track is the most among active drivers.

Rick Hendrick has the most car owner wins at Darlington with 14. Jimmie Johnson's victory in the Southern 500 on May 12. 2012 marked the 200th career win for Hendrick Motorsports. HMS became just the second team in Cup to reach the 200 win mark. Petty Enterprises holds the record with 268 victories.

Pearson also holds the record for most pole wins at Darlington with 12. Kasey Kahne's four poles at this track is the most among active drivers.

The race winner at Darlington has started from the pole 19 times, which is more than any other starting position there. However, no driver has won a race from that starting spot at this track since Dale Jarrett did it in 1997 (400- mile spring event).

No driver entered in this race has scored his or her first Cup win at Darlington.

Two drivers on the entry list earned their maiden pole wins at Darlington: Kurt Busch (Sept. 2, 2001) and Clint Bowyer (May 13, 2007).

Kyle Busch holds the record as the youngest driver to win a race at Darlington. Busch took the checkered flag there on May 10, 2008 when he was 23 years and 8 days old. When Harry Gant was 51 years, 7 months and 22 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on Sept. 1, 1991.

The next race is the April 26 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Kevin Harvick won last year's event there.

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