Darlington Quick Facts

May 5, 2011
by Alan

Track Data
Track Size: 1.366 miles
Banking/Corners: 23-25 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 6 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 6 degrees
Frontstretch: 1,229 feet
Backstretch: 1,229 feet

1949-1950 track was built as a 1.25 mile paved superspeedway
1950 held the first 500 mile race in NASCAR history and the first on asphalt on September 4 (Pole: Curtis Turner, Winner: Johnny Mantz)
1953 track was remeasured as 1.375 miles
1970 track was reconfigured as 1.366 miles
1995 track was repaved
2005 first Saturday night race was held
2008 track was repaved again

Interesting Facts
107 NASCAR Sprint Cup Races have been held here
47 drivers have held the Pole
12 pole postitions have been held by David Pearson (the most)
44 drivers have won here, David Person (10), Dale Earnhardt (9), Jeff Gordon (7)
19 races have been won from the pole position
43rd postition is the deepest in the field win (1950-inaugural race by Johnny Mantz)
0.002 seconds the closes margin of Victory on March 16, 2003 (Talladega, April 17, 2011) tied it for the all time record

Track Records
Track qualifying record: Jamie McMurray (180.370 mph, 27.264 seconds, 05-08-10)
Track race record: Kyle Busch (140.350 mph, 05-10-08)

Driver Rating at Darlington
Jeff Gordon 117.6
Greg Biffle 113.8
Denny Hamlin 109.1
Jimmie Johnson 102.8
Ryan Newman 99.9
Kyle Busch 97.2
Martin Truex Jr. 93.3
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 92.9
Kasey Kahne . 90.3
Mark Martin 90.1
Jeff Burton 89.8
Matt Kenseth 89.8

Driver’s Thoughs on Darlington (embedded audio files)
Clint Bowyer
Jeff Gordon
Kevin Harvick
Tony Stewart
Brian Vickers


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