|David Pearson leads all drivers with 12 poles and 10 wins at Darlington|
· 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.
· There have been 107 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.
· 44 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.
· 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 closest margin of victory since NASCAR instituted electronic timing in 1993.
NASCAR in South Carolina
* There have been 217 NASCAR Sprint Cup races 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
Darlington Raceway Data
Race #: 10 of 36 (05-07-11)
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
|Gordon has a top-five finish in his last seven Darlington starts|
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
Note: Driver Rating compiled from 2005-2010 races (6 total) at Darlington.
2010 pole winner: Jamie McMurray (180.370 mph, 27.264 seconds)
2010 race winner: Denny Hamlin (126.605 mph, 05-08-10)
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)
- compiled by Ray M. Smith, NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
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