DARLINGTON-SPECIFIC STATISTICS

Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M / OH / ES Ford)

  • Two wins, two top fives, five top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.2
  • Average Running Position of 10.6, third-best
  • Driver Rating of 109.7, second-best
  • Series-high 254 Fastest Laps Run
  • 310 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 159.342 mph, fourth-fastest
  • 1,802 Laps in the Top 15 (70.0%), fourth-most
  • 194 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), seventh-most

Kyle Busch (No. 18 Wrigley Toyota)

  • One win, one top five, three top 10s
  • Average finish of 17.1
  • Average Running Position of 11.0, fifth-best
  • Driver Rating of 99.6, sixth-best
  • 160 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most
  • 391 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 159.333 mph, fifth-fastest
  • 2,056 Laps in the Top 15 (79.8%), third-most
  • Series-high 265 Quality Passes

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard Chevrolet)

  • Three top fives, seven top 10s
  • Average finish of 15.2
  • Average Running Position of 12.0, eighth-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.5, eighth-best
  • 59 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-most
  • 381 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 158.834 mph, 11th-fastest
  • 1,758 Laps in the Top 15 (68.3%), sixth-most
  • 196 Quality Passes, sixth-most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford)

  • Three top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 13.9
  • Average Running Position of 13.6, ninth-best
  • Driver Rating of 92.4, ninth-best
  • 119 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most
  • 363 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 158.954 mph, eighth-fastest
  • 1,633 Laps in the Top 15 (63.4%), ninth-most
  • 204 Quality Passes, fourth-most

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet)

  • Seven wins, 18 top fives, 21 top 10s; three poles
  • Average finish of 11.1
  • Series-best Average Running Position of 6.6
  • Series-best Driver Rating of 116.2
  • 172 Fastest Laps Run, second-most
  • Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 159.669 mph
  • Series-high 2,420 Laps in the Top 15 (94.0%)
  • 220 Quality Passes, second-most

Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota)

  • One win, two top fives, five top 10s
  • Average finish of 6.5
  • Average Running Position of 9.5, second-best
  • Driver Rating of 108.3, third-best
  • 151 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 159.407 mph, second-fastest
  • 1,755 Laps in the Top 15 (79.6%), seventh-most
  • 197 Quality Passes, fifth-most

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s / KOBALT Tools Chevrolet)

  • Two wins, six top fives, nine top 10s
  • Average finish of 9.8
  • Average Running Position of 11.9, seventh-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.6, fourth-best
  • 155 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most
  • 410 Green Flag Passes, second-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 159.372 mph, third-fastest
  • 1,769 Laps in the Top 15 (68.7%), fifth-most
  • 192 Quality Passes, eighth-most

Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Rockwell Tools Chevrolet)

  • Three top fives, three top 10s; four poles
  • Average finish of 14.6
  • Average Running Position of 11.8, sixth-best
  • Driver Rating of 96.7, seventh-best
  • 165 Fastest Laps Run, third-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 158.943 mph, ninth-fastest
  • 1,620 Laps in the Top 15 (62.9%), 11th-most

Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge)

  • One top five, two top 10s
  • Average finish of 7.3
  • Average Running Position of 14.5, 13th-best
  • Driver Rating of 87.3, 12th-best

Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet)

  • Three top fives, five top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 14.5
  • Average Running Position of 14.0, 12th-best
  • Driver Rating of 86.8, 13th-best
  • 1,648 Laps in the Top 15 (64.0%), eighth-most
  • 148 Quality Passes, 13th-most

Ryan Newman (No. 39 WIX Chevrolet)

  • Seven top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
  • Average finish of 11.6
  • Average Running Position of 10.7, fourth-best
  • Driver Rating of 100.2, fifth-best
  • 60 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 159.277 mph, sixth-fastest
  • 2,073 Laps in the Top 15 (80.5%), second-most

Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevrolet)

  • Three top fives, 10 top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.3
  • Driver Rating of 88.1, 11th-best
  • 100 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most
  • Series-high 424 Green Flag Passes
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 158.884 mph, 10th-fastest
  • 216 Quality Passes, third-most

Martin Truex Jr. (No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota)

  • Two top 10s
  • Average finish of 12.3
  • Average Running Position of 13.8, 10th-best
  • Driver Rating of 91.5, 10th-best
  • 81 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
  • 392 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most
  • Average Green Flag Speed of 159.098 mph, seventh-fastest
  • 179 Quality Passes, 10th-most
 

Chase Contenders

The Top 12

Following Race 10 of 36

 

Driver Points
Wins
Poles Rank Last Week
Season Drive Rating  
1. Greg Biffle 378 1 1 1 105.1  
2. Matt Kenseth 371 1 0 4 104.6  
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 369 0 0 2 100.5  
4. Denny Hamlin 351 2 1 3 100.8  
5. Kevin Harvick 333 0 0 7 96.1  
6. Martin Truex Jr. 332 0 1 5 97.3  
7. Tony Stewart 328 2 0 8 97.8  
8. Jimmie Johnson 324 0 0 6 101.4  
9. Kyle Busch 308 1 0 11 93.8  
10. Clint Bowyer 302 0 0 12 86.2  
11. Carl Edwards 300 0 1 9 83.7  
12. Brad Keselowski 299 2 0 13 96.6  

 ADDITIONAL DRIVERS

  • 13. Ryan Newman                286         32. Travis Kvapil              148
  • 14. Paul Menard                   277         33. Dave Blaney              140
  • 15. Joey Logano                   259         34. Landon Cassill           135
  • 16. Jamie McMurray             253         35. David Stremme            81
  • 17. Juan Pablo Montoya        252         36. J.J. Yeley                   73
  • 18. Jeff Burton                     249         37. Brian Vickers               66
  • 19. Kasey Kahne                  246         38. Michael McDowell        57
  • 20. AJ Allmendinger              242         39. Brendan Gaughan         50
  • 21. Marcos Ambrose             239         40. Ken Schrader               47
  • 22. Aric Almirola                   237         41. Terry Labonte              42
  • 23. Jeff Gordon                    232         42. Tony Raines                41
  • 24. Mark Martin                    218         43. Josh Wise                  39
  • 25. Kurt Busch                     215         44. Michael Waltrip           26
  • 26. Bobby Labonte                211         45. Hermie Sadler III         13
  • 27. Regan Smith                   208         46. Scott Riggs                 13
  • 28. Casey Mears                  187         47. Stephen Leicht              9
  • 29. David Ragan                   172         48. Bill Elliott                      7
  • 30. David Gilliland                 165         49. Robby Gordon               6
  • 31. David Reutimann             154         50. Scott Speed                  2

Note: The first 26 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season determine which 12 drivers qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, contested over the final 10 races of the season.

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final 2012 Top 12 at Darlington Raceway

 

Driver

Races

Poles

Wins

Top Fives

Top 10s

DNFs

Average Finish

Driver Rating

 
 

1

Greg Biffle

11

1

2

2

5

1

14.2

109.7

 

2

Matt Kenseth

18

1

0

1

7

1

18.1

85.1

 

3

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

17

0

0

3

7

1

15.2

92.5

 

4

Denny Hamlin

6

0

1

2

5

0

6.5

108.3

 

5

Kevin Harvick

15

0

0

2

5

1

18.9

84.3

 

6

Martin Truex Jr.

6

0

0

0

2

0

12.3

91.5

 

7

Tony Stewart

19

0

0

3

10

1

12.3

88.1

 

8

Jimmie Johnson

13

0

2

6

9

1

9.8

100.6

 

9

Kyle Busch

7

0

1

1

3

0

17.1

99.6

 

10

Clint Bowyer

6

1

0

0

1

2

24.5

73.6

 

11

Carl Edwards

8

0

0

3

5

1

13.9

92.4

 

12

Brad Keselowski

3

0

0

1

2

0

7.3

87.3

 

* – Based on last seven Darlington Raceway races.

 

At Darlington Raceway:

History

  • 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.

Notebook

  • There have been 108 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.
  • 47 drivers have posted poles at Darlington.
  • David Pearson leads all drivers with 12 poles at Darlington.
  • 45 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 13 races at Darlington, more than any other organization.
  • 19 races at Darlington have been won from the pole, the most productive starting position. Dale Jarrett was the last driver to win from the pole in 1997.
  • 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 – which is tied with Talladega (April 17, 2011) as the two smallest margins of victory since NASCAR instituted electronic timing in 1993.
  • Youngest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Darlington Raceway winner: Kyle Busch (05/10/2008 – 23 years, 0 months, 8 days).
  • Oldest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Darlington Raceway winner: Harry Gant (05/06/1991 – 51 years, 7 months, 22 days)

 

Darlington Raceway Data

  • Race #: 11 of 36 (05-12-12)
  • Track Size: 1.366 miles
  • Race Length: 501.322 miles
  • Banking Turns 1 & 2: 25 degrees
  • Banking Turns 3 & 4: 23 degrees
  • Banking/Frontstretch: 6 degrees
  • Banking/Backstretch: 6 degrees
  • Frontstretch: 1,229 feet
  • Backstretch: 1,229 feet

 

Top 12 Driver Rating at Darlington

  1. Jeff Gordon………………………… 116.2
  2. Greg Biffle………………………….. 109.7
  3. Denny Hamlin………………………. 108.3
  4. Jimmie Johnson…………………… 100.6
  5. Ryan Newman……………………… 100.2
  6. Kyle Busch…………………………… 99.6
  7. Kasey Kahne………………………… 96.7
  8. Dale Earnhardt Jr…………………… 92.5
  9. Carl Edwards………………………… 92.4
  10. Martin Truex Jr………………………. 91.5
  11. Tony Stewart…………………………. 88.1
  12. Brad Keselowski……………………. 87.3

Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2011 races (seven total) at Darlington.

 

Qualifying/Race Data

  • 2011 pole winner: Kasey Kahne (181.254 mph, 27.131 seconds, 05-06-11)
  • 2011 race winner: Regan Smith (129.678 mph, 05-07-11)
  • Track qualifying record: Kasey Kahne (181.254 mph, 27.131 seconds, 05-06-11)
  • Track race record: Kyle Busch (140.350 mph, 05-10-08)

 

Driver Ratings for Winners

Driver

Year

Driver Rating

Series Driver Rating Rank

Regan Smith

2011

62.7

28th

Denny Hamlin

2010

112.5

4th

Mark Martin

2009

85.8

12th

Kyle Busch

2008

85.7

13th

Jeff Gordon

2007

112.4

4th

Greg Biffle

2006

144.4

1st

* Pre-Race Driver Ratings of the year the driver won at Darlington (last six races).

 

NASCAR in South Carolina

There have been 218 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in South Carolina.

Track Name

City

NSCS

Darlington  Raceway

Darlington

108

Coastal Speedway

Myrtle Beach

2

Columbia Speedway

Columbia

43

Gamecock Speedway

Sumter

1

Greenville-Pickens Speedway

Greenville

29

Hartsville Speedway

Hartsville

1

Lancaster Speedway

Lancaster

2

Newberry Speedway

Newberry

1

Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds

Spartanburg

22

Rambi Race Track

Myrtle Beach

9

 

NASCAR in South Carolina

133 NASCAR drivers (all-time) have their home state recorded as South Carolina.

There have been 11 race winners from South Carolina in NASCAR’s three national series:

Driver

NSCS

NNS

NCWTS

David Pearson

105

1

0

Cale Yarborough

83

0

0

Rex White

28

0

0

Cotton Owens

9

0

0

Tiny Lund

5

0

0

James Hylton

2

0

0

Johnny Allen

1

0

0

Joe Eubanks

1

0

0

Larry Pearson

0

15

0

Jason Keller

0

10

0

Butch Lindley

0

6

0

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