By the Numbers: Darlington
May 09, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
Track: Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C., 1.366 miles, paved asphalt surface, 25-degree banking in Turns 1 and 2, 23-degrees in Turns 3 and 4.
Time/TV: Bojangles’ Southern 500 (367 laps, 501.3 miles), 6:45 p.m. ET, Saturday, May 11. TV: FOX (coverage starts at 6 p.m. ET), Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Ch. 90.
Trailblazers: The first Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington was held on Sept. 4, 1950 and won by Johnny Mantz. It was the first 500-mile race in NASCAR history and the first on asphalt. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series with 25 top-five finishes at Darlington.
.002 seconds is the closest margin of victory at Darlington since the advent of electronic scoring in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Ricky Craven’s win over Kurt Busch on March 16, 2003 is tied with the 2011 spring Talladega race as the closest finishes in the NSCS using electronic scoring.
1.25 miles is the original length of Darlington when it was paved in 1949-1950.
3 races have resulted in a green-white-checkered finish (2005, 2011, 2012).
3 female drivers have competed at Darlington in NSCS: Janet Guthrie (1977), Patty Moise (2002), and Danica Patrick (2012).
4 pole victories at Darlington have gone to Kasey Kahne, the most among active drivers.
5.857 is the average finishing position of Denny Hamlin at Darlington, the leader among active drivers.
6 times Mark Martin has finished as the runner-up at Darlington, the most among active drivers.
7 wins at Darlington, by Jeff Gordon, is the most among active drivers and the most he has at any track in his career. (Gordon also has seven wins at Martinsville.)
8 drivers from South Carolina have won in the NSCS.
12 pole victories at Darlington have been won by David Pearson, the most all time.
14 wins have been tallied for Hendrick Motorsports at Darlington, the most of any team.
15 is the number of races Mark Martin competed in at Darlington before his first win in 2009, the longest span of any of the 10 active NSCS winners.
19 races have been won from the pole; the most recent was Dale Jarrett in 1997.
23 was the starting position of Regan Smith when he won in 2011, the deepest starting position of any active driver with a victory.
44 is the number of races without visiting Victory Lane for Ken Schrader, the most among active drivers.
45 different drivers have won at Darlington.
82.034 mph was the speed clocked by inaugural pole winner Curtis Turner in 1950.
109 NSCS races have taken place at Darlington, the fourth most points-paying of any track.
2005 was the year of the first Saturday night race at Darlington.
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