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NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Bojangles' Southern 500 Preview

Date: Saturday, April 12

Start Time: 6:30 p.m. ET

Site: Darlington Raceway -- Darlington, S.C.

Track: 1.366-mile oval

Laps: 367

Miles: 501.3

Capacity: 60,000 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 65th

On TV: FOX

Announcers:

On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Matt Kenseth, 2013 (141.383 mph)

Qualifying record: Kurt Busch, 2013 (181.918 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Matt Kenseth

Runner up: Denny Hamlin

Pole winner: Kurt Busch (181.918 mph)

Top 10:

1. Matt Kenseth (Start: 7)

2. Denny Hamlin (6)

3. Jeff Gordon (8)

4. Jimmie Johnson (2)

5. Kevin Harvick (10)

6. Kyle Busch (3)

7. Carl Edwards (17)

8. Juan Pablo Montoya (12)

9. Dale Earnhardt Jr (16)

10. Ryan Newman (21)

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

Past winners

2013 Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 141.383 mph

2012 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 133.802 mph

2011 Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 129.678 mph

2010 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 126.605 mph

2009 Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 119.687 mph

2008 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 140.350 mph

2007 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 124.372 mph

2006 Greg Biffle, Ford, 135.127 mph

2005 Greg Biffle, Ford, 123.031 mph

2004 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 125.004 mph

2003 Terry Labonte, Chevrolet, 120.736 mph

2002 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 118.617 mph

2001 Ward Burton, Dodge, 122.773 mph

2000 Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 108.275 mph

1999 Jeff Burton, Ford, 107.816 mph

1998 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 139.031 mph

1997 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 121.149 mph

1996 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 135.757 mph

1995 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 121.231 mph

1994 Bill Elliott, Ford, 127.952 mph

1993 Mark Martin, Ford, 137.932 mph

1992 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 104.839 mph

1991 Harry Gant, Oldsmobile, 133.508 mph

1990 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet), 123.141 mph

1989 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 135.462 mph

1988 Bill Elliott, Ford, 128.297 mph

1987 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 115.520 mph

1986 Tim Richmond, Chevrolet, 120.992 mph

1985 Bill Elliott, Ford, 121.271 mph

1984 Harry Gant, Chevrolet, 128.526 mph

1983 Bobby Allison, Buick, 123.343 mph

1982 Cale Yarborough, , 115.246 mph

1981 Neil Bonnett, Ford, 126.410 mph

1980 Terry Labonte, Chevrolet, 115.210 mph

1979 David Pearson, Chevrolet, 126.260 mph

1978 Cale Yarborough, Oldsmobile, 116.692 mph

1977 David Pearson, Mercury, 106.740 mph

1976 David Pearson, Mercury, 120.534 mph

1975 Bobby Allison, AMC, 116.828 mph

1974 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 111.076 mph

1973 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 134.033 mph

1972 Bobby Allison, Chevrolet, 128.124 mph

1971 Bobby Allison, Mercury, 131.399 mph

1970 Buddy Baker, Dodge, 129.068 mph

1969 LeeRoy Yarbrough, Ford, 105.612 mph

1968 Cale Yarborough, Mercury, 126.132 mph

1967 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 130.423 mph

1966 Darel Dieringer, Mercury, 114.830 mph

1965 Ned Jarrett, Ford, 115.924 mph

1964 Buck Baker, Dodge, 117.757 mph

1963 Fireball Roberts, Ford, 129.785 mph

1962 Larry Frank, Ford, 117.965 mph

1961 Nelson Stacy, Ford, 101.883 mph

1960 Buck Baker, Pontiac, 105.901 mph

1959 Jim Reed, Chevrolet, 111.884 mph

1958 Fireball Roberts, Chevrolet, 102.585 mph

1957 Speedy Thompson, Chevrolet, 100.094 mph

1956 Curtis Turner, Ford, 95.167 mph

1955 Herb Thomas, Chevrolet, 92.789 mph

1954 Herb Thomas, Hudson, 95.027 mph

1953 Buck Baker, Oldsmobile, 92.881 mph

1952 Fonty Flock, Oldsmobile, 74.513 mph

1951 Herb Thomas, Hudson, 76.907 mph

1950 Johnny Mantz, Plymouth, 75.251 mph

Last race

Race: Duck Commander 500 (April 7)

Site: Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas

Miles: 510

Laps: 340

Finish line order: Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Brian Vickers, Kyle Larson

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 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.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Cessna

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Miller Lite

#3. Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Dow

#4. Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Budweiser

#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Great Clips

#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Pilot/Flying J

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/DeWalt

#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/Sports Clips

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO

#14 Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN) Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops

#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/5-Hour Energy

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/3M/Red Cross

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Nationwide Insurance

#18 Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M's

#20 * Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Home Depot Husky

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil

#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger

#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/TBA

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Certain Teed

#30 Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT) Toyota/Swan Energy

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Caterpillar

#32 Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI) Ford/Keen Parts

#33 David Stremme (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Little Joe's Autos

#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/CSX

#35 David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL) Ford/MDS Transport

#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/TBA

#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/A&W All American Food

#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Hillman Racing

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Target

#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Fresh From Florida

#44 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/TBA

#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Clorox

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Kobalt Tools

#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/TBA

#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine

#66 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/Land Castle Title

#77 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Ford/TBA

#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row

#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/Borla Exhaust

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard

#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Ford EcoBoost

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Matt Kenseth 26 3 7 6 10 13 25 6 Won
Denny Hamlin --- 10 2 7 13 Won 6 2 2
Jeff Gordon 2 2 Won 3 5 4 12 35 3
Jimmie Johnson 7 4 3 13 2 36 15 Won 4
Kevin Harvick 14 37 17 39 11 6 17 16 5
Kyle Busch 23 7 37 Won 34 7 11 4 6
Carl Edwards 9 39 5 2 32 15 2 7 7
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 8 5 8 4 27 18 14 17 9
Ryan Newman 5 6 4 37 4 9 5 23 10
Clint Bowyer --- 23 9 15 37 32 31 11 11
Greg Biffle Won Won 15 43 8 22 8 12 13
Kurt Busch 37 19 12 12 16 3 27 21 14
Tony Stewart 10 12 6 21 3 23 7 3 15
Kasey Kahne 3 21 20 22 23 20 4 8 17
Joey Logano --- --- --- --- 9 27 35 10 22
Brad Keselowski --- --- --- --- 7 12 3 15 32
Brian Vickers 16 41 43 25 31 10 34 --- ---
Kyle Larson --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---

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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