Statistical Approach: Inspecting the Darlington 400


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Top 10 Driver Ratings at Darlington

Erik Jones……………………………… 110.8

Denny Hamlin………………………… 106.3

Kyle Busch…………………………….. 105.9

Kevin Harvick…………………………. 100.7

Brad Keselowski………………………. 99.5

Martin Truex Jr………………………… 99.2

Jimmie Johnson……………………….. 97.8

Ryan Newman…………………………. 89.9

Joey Logano……………………………. 89.3

Kurt Busch………………………………. 88.6

Designate: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2019 races

(15 entire) among though-provoking drivers at Darlington Raceway.

At Darlington Raceway:

Historical past

  • Darlington Raceway used to be built as a 1.25-mile paved superspeedway in 1949-1950.
  • Darlington Raceway hosted the first 500-mile speed in NASCAR history and the first on asphalt on Sept. 4, 1950 — 75 automobiles competed in the tournament – Curtis Turner won the pole at 82.034 mph, and the speed used to be won by Johnny Mantz (Plymouth, 75.250 mph, 6: 38: 40).
  • The discover used to be re-measured to 1.375 miles in 1953.
  • The discover used to be re-configured to 1.366 miles following the spring speed in 1970.
  • The discover used to be repaved in 1995.
  • The 2005 speed used to be the first Saturday evening speed at Darlington.
  • The discover used to be repaved again earlier than the 2008 season.
  • There enjoy been 116 NASCAR Cup Series races held at Darlington Raceway.

Starts

  • A entire of 733 varied drivers enjoy competed in on the very least one NASCAR Cup Series speed at Darlington Raceway; 451 drivers enjoy competed in bigger than one speed at Darlington.
  • NASCAR Corridor of Famer Richard Petty leads the assortment in starts at Darlington with 65.
  • Matt Kenseth leads the all though-provoking drivers in starts at Darlington with 25; followed by Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch with 23 every.
  • A entire of 124 varied drivers enjoy made their NASCAR Cup Series career debut at Darlington Raceway; basically the most most fashionable used to be T.J. Bell (May maybe well maybe 7, 2011). 
  • Fred Lorenzen (16 starts) leads the assortment in moderate initiating space at Darlington with a 3.688. 
  • William Byron leads all though-provoking drivers in the assortment in moderate initiating space at Darlington with a 5.5.

Top 10 in Moderate Beginning Discipline at Darlington Raceway (All-Time and Active)

Crude

All-Time Drivers

Moderate Launch

Starts

Crude

Active Drivers

Moderate Launch

Starts

1

Fred Lorenzen

3.688

16

1

William Byron

5.500

2

2

William Byron

5.500

2

2

Denny Hamlin

8.786

14

3

David Pearson

6.277

47

3

Ryan Newman

10.619

21

4

Frank Mundy

6.667

3

4

Erik Jones

10.667

3

5

Fonty Flock

7.000

8

5

Kurt Busch

10.870

23

6

Jeff Gordon

7.000

36

6

Brad Keselowski

10.909

11

7

Scott Pruett

7.000

2

7

Joey Logano

10.909

11

8

Dick Hutcherson

7.200

5

8

Jimmie Johnson

13.095

21

9

Fireball Roberts

7.200

20

9

Daniel Suarez

13.333

3

10

Bob Burdick

7.500

2

10

Kevin Harvick

14.391

23

Poles

NASCAR Cup Series

Active Pole Winners at Darlington

Crude

Active Pole Winners

Poles

1

Kevin Harvick

2

2

Kurt Busch

2

3

Brad Keselowski

1

4

Clint Bowyer

1

5

Denny Hamlin

1

6

Ryan Newman

1

7

William Byron

1

8

Matt Kenseth

1

  • A entire of 51 varied NASCAR Cup Series drivers enjoy won on the very least one Busch Pole Award at Darlington Raceway; seven are though-provoking this weekend.
  • NASCAR Corridor of Famer David Pearson leads the assortment in Busch poles at Darlington with 12 – (1967, ‘70, ‘72, ‘73 sweep, ‘75 sweep, ‘76 sweep, ‘77, ‘78 and ‘82)
  • Pearson‘s 12 Darlington poles are tied with NASCAR Corridor of Famer Cale Yarborough (12 poles at Daytona) for the 2d-most poles all-time at a single discover in the NASCAR Cup Series. Pearson additionally holds the assortment chronicle with 14 poles at Charlotte.
  • Kurt Busch (2001, 2013) and Kevin Harvick (2014, 2017) lead all though-provoking drivers in Busch poles at Darlington with two every. 
  • Curtis Turner won the inaugural Busch Pole Award at Darlington Raceway in 1950 in an Oldsmobile with a velocity of 82.034 mph.  
  • 9 drivers enjoy won consecutive Busch poles at Darlington, however none are though-provoking this weekend.
  • David Pearson holds the chronicle for most consecutive poles at Darlington with five (1975 – 1977).
  • Eight drivers enjoy posted their first career NASCAR Cup Series pole at Darlington Raceway.

NASCAR Cup Series

First-Time Pole Winners At Darlington

First-Time Pole Winners

Season

Driver’s Age

Clint Bowyer

2007

27

Elliott Sadler

2003

27

Kurt Busch

2001

23

John Andretti

1995

32

Ken Schrader

1987

31

Bill Elliott

1981

25

Fred Lorenzen

1961

26

Cotton Owens

1957

33

  • Youngest Darlington pole winner: William Byron (09/01/2019 — 21 years, 9 months, 3 days).
  • Oldest Darlington pole winner: David Pearson (09/06/1982 — 47 years, 8 months, 15 days).
  • A entire of 12 varied producers enjoy won on the very least one Busch pole in the NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington Raceway.
  • Ford leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Darlington Raceway with 43 poles; followed by Chevrolet (22), Mercury (13), Pontiac (10), Dodge (8), Buick (3), Oldsmobile (3), Plymouth (3), Toyota (2), Chrysler (1), Hudson (1) and Studebaker (1).

Wins

NASCAR Cup Series

Active Darlington Tear Winners

Crude

Active Tear Winners

Wins

1

Jimmie Johnson

3

2

Denny Hamlin

2

3

Brad Keselowski

1

4

Erik Jones

1

5

Kevin Harvick

1

6

Kyle Busch

1

7

Martin Truex Jr

1

8

Matt Kenseth

1

  • A entire of 51 varied NASCAR Cup Series drivers enjoy won at Darlington Raceway, eight are though-provoking this weekend.
  • NASCAR Corridor of Famer David Pearson leads the assortment in victories at Darlington with 10 wins (1968, ‘70, ‘72, ‘73, ‘74, ‘76 sweep, ‘77, ‘79, 80); followed by Dale Earnhardt with 9 and Jeff Gordon with seven.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all though-provoking drivers with three wins (2004 sweep, 2012).  
  • 13 drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series enjoy posted consecutive wins at Darlington; Dale Earnhardt (1989-1990) and Jeff Gordon (1995-1996) are tied for the assortment-most consecutive wins at Darlington with three every. 
  • Jimmie Johnson (three) and Denny Hamlin (two) are the appropriate though-provoking a entire lot of speed winners at Darlington.
  • A entire of 11 varied drivers enjoy won from the pole at Darlington; led by NASCAR Corridor of Famer David Pearson with four wins (1971, 1972, 1976 sweep). Kevin Harvick is the appropriate though-provoking driver to purchase from the pole (2014) at Darlington. 
  • 20 of the 116 (17.2%) NASCAR Cup Series races at Darlington Raceway enjoy been won from the Busch pole; basically the most most fashionable used to be Kevin Harvick in 2014.
  • The significant initiating space is basically the most proficient initiating space in the self-discipline, producing extra winners (20) than every other initiating space at Darlington. The open air entrance row (2d-space) has produced the 2d-most wins (17).

NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Beginning Positions at Darlington Raceway

Beginning Discipline

Wins

Winning %

Beginning Discipline

Wins

Winning %

1

20

17.24%

11

3

2.59%

2

17

14.66%

12

1

0.86%

3

13

11.21%

13

3

2.59%

4

8

6.90%

14

2

1.72%

5

12

10.34%

15

3

2.59%

6

4

3.45%

23

2

1.72%

7

4

3.45%

31

1

0.86%

8

6

5.17%

37

2

1.72%

9

8

6.90%

43

1

0.86%

10

6

5.17%

Additional Statistics

Winning %

Wins

Winning from the first Beginning Discipline:

17.24%

20

Winning from the Entrance Row:

31.90%

37

Winning from a top-five Beginning Discipline:

60.34%

70

Winning from a top-10 Beginning Discipline:

84.48%

98

Winning after Beginning Exterior the live 20:

5.17%

6

  • The deepest in the self-discipline that a speed winner has started at Darlington is 43rd by Johnny Mantz in 1950 — the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series tournament held on the historical raceway.
  • Six drivers enjoy posted their first career NASCAR Cup Series purchase at Darlington Raceway: Johnny Mantz (1950), Nelson Stacy (1961), Larry Frank (1962), Terry Labonte (1980), Lake Gallop (1988) and Regan Smith (2011).
  • Youngest assortment Darlington winner: Erik Jones (9/1/2019 — 22 years, 11 months, 2 days).
  • Oldest assortment Darlington winner: Harry Gant (09/01/1991 — 51 years, 7 months, 22 days).
  • Kurt Busch leads the assortment among though-provoking drivers with basically the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Darlington without visiting Victory Lane at 23; followed by Ryan Newman with 21.
  • Hendrick Motorsports has basically the most wins by an organization at Darlington in the NASCAR Cup Series with 14 victories — Tim Richmond (1986), Ricky Rudd (1991), Jeff Gordon (1995, ‘96 sweep, ‘97, ‘98, ‘02, ‘07), Terry Labonte (2003), Jimmie Johnson (2004 sweep and 2012) and Designate Martin (2009).
  • A entire of 11 varied producers enjoy won in the assortment at Darlington; led by Chevrolet with 41 victories; followed by Ford (29), Mercury (10), Oldsmobile (six), Toyota (seven), Dodge (five), Pontiac (five), Buick (four), Plymouth (four), Hudson (three) and American Motor Firm (two).

Additional Ending Discipline Stats

Runner-Up Finishes:

  • A entire of 60 varied NASCAR Cup Series drivers enjoy finished runner-up at Darlington Raceway, led by NASCAR Corridor of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty with eight 2d-space finishes every.
  • Denny Hamlin leads all though-provoking drivers in 2d-space finishes at Darlington with three; followed by Kevin Harvick with two.

Top Five In Runner-Up Finishes at Darlington Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Crude

All-Time Drivers

Runner-Ups

Crude

Active Drivers

Runner-Ups

1

Darrell Waltrip

8

1

Denny Hamlin

3

Richard Petty

8

2

Kevin Harvick

2

3

David Pearson

7

3

Brad Keselowski

1

4

Designate Martin

6

Jimmie Johnson

1

5

Fireball Roberts

4

Joey Logano

1

Jeff Gordon

4

Kurt Busch

1

Kyle Busch

1

Ryan Newman

1

Top-Five Finishes:

  • A entire of 139 varied drivers enjoy finished in the live-five at Darlington Raceway, led by NASCAR Corridor of Famer Richard Petty with 25 top-five finishes.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all though-provoking drivers in top fives with 9; followed by Kevin Harvick with eight.

Top Five in Top-Five Finishes at Darlington Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Crude

All-Time Drivers

Top Fives

Crude

Active Drivers

Top Fives

1

Richard Petty

25

1

Jimmie Johnson

9

2

David Pearson

24

2

Kevin Harvick

8

3

Bill Elliott

22

3

Denny Hamlin

7

4

Dale Earnhardt

19

Ryan Newman

7

5

Jeff Gordon

19

5

Brad Keselowski

4

Kyle Busch

4

Top-10 Finishes:

  • A entire of 226 varied assortment drivers enjoy posted top-10 finishes at Darlington Raceway, led by NASCAR Corridor of Famer Bill Elliott with 35.
  • Ryan Newman leads all though-provoking assortment drivers with 13 top 10s; followed by Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson with 12 every.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Darlington Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Crude

All-Time Drivers

Top 10s

Crude

Active Drivers

Top 10s

1

Bill Elliott

35

1

Ryan Newman

13

2

Richard Petty

34

2

Jimmie Johnson

12

3

David Pearson

30

Kevin Harvick

12

4

Bobby Allison

26

Matt Kenseth

12

5

Designate Martin

26

5

Denny Hamlin

11

Moderate Ending Discipline:

  • Bob Burdick leads the NASCAR Cup Series in moderate ending space at Darlington Raceway with a 3.0 in two starts.
  • Erik Jones leads all though-provoking drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in moderate ending space at Darlington with a 4.667 in three starts.

Top 10 in Moderate Ending Discipline at Darlington Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Crude

All-Time Drivers

Avg. Attain

Starts

Crude

Active Drivers

Avg. Attain

Starts

1

Bob Burdick

3.000

2

1

Erik Jones

4.667

3

2

Erik Jones

4.667

3

2

Denny Hamlin

7.786

14

3

Kyle Larson

6.667

6

3

Brad Keselowski

10.727

11

4

Denny Hamlin

7.786

14

4

Kyle Busch

11.067

15

5

Marty Robbins

8.000

2

5

Martin Truex Jr

11.571

14

6

Shorty Rollins

9.000

2

6

Jimmie Johnson

12.095

21

7

Bill Elliott

9.365

52

7

Austin Dillon

12.500

6

8

Herb Thomas

10.429

7

8

Ryan Newman

12.571

21

9

Nelson Stacy

10.500

6

9

Kevin Harvick

14.348

23

10

Brad Keselowski

10.727

11

10

Chris Buescher

14.750

4

Track/Tournament Utter Stats

  • For the reason that advent of electronic scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in the NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington Raceway is the March 16, 2003 speed won by Ricky Craven with a margin of victory of 0.002 2d over Kurt Busch.
  • Darlington‘s 0.002 sec. margin of victory is tied with the 2011 Spring Talladega speed because the closest finishes in the assortment the utilization of electronic scoring.

Top Five Closest Margins of Victory at Darlington Raceway

Margin Of Victory

Date

Tear Winner

Runner-Up

0.002

3/16/2003

Ricky Craven

Kurt Busch

0.132

3/21/2004

Jimmie Johnson

Bobby Labonte

0.144

8/31/1997

Jeff Gordon

Jeff Burton

0.169

3/23/1997

Dale Jarrett

Ted Musgrave

Track/Tournament Utter Stats

  • Four NASCAR Cup Series races enjoy resulted in a NASCAR Beyond regular time pause at Darlington Raceway:

Tear Winner

Date

Scheduled No. Of Laps

Steady No. Of Laps

NASCAR Beyond regular time Laps

Kevin Harvick

4/12/2014

367

374

7

Jimmie Johnson

5/12/2012

367

368

1

Regan Smith

5/7/2011

367

370

3

Greg Biffle

5/7/2005

367

370

3

  • Eight of the 116 races at Darlington Raceway enjoy been shortened from their scheduled assortment of laps; basically the most most fashionable used to be the descend speed of 2000.

Date

Scheduled No. Of Laps

Steady No. Of Laps

Quantity Of Fewer Laps

Tear Winner

9/3/2000

367

328

39

Bobby Labonte

9/5/1999

367

270

97

Jeff Burton

3/21/1999

293

164

129

Jeff Burton

9/5/1993

367

351

16

Designate Martin

9/6/1992

367

298

69

Darrell Waltrip

9/6/1987

367

202

165

Dale Earnhardt

4/13/1980

367

189

178

David Pearson

9/1/1969

367

230

137

LeeRoy Yarbrough

9/1/1958

367

364

3

Fireball Roberts

  • Qualifying has been cancelled due to this of weather prerequisites in the NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington Raceway six events: 1952, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2016.  

Lap Leader Stats

  • In entire 163 varied drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series enjoy led on the very least one lap at Darlington Raceway.
  • Dale Earnhardt leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Darlington Raceway with 2,648 laps led in 44 assortment starts.
  • Kyle Busch leads all though-provoking NASCAR Cup Series drivers with 716 laps led in 15 starts.
  • Basically the most laps led in a NASCAR Cup Series speed at Darlington Raceway by the speed winner used to be 351 laps of the scheduled 400 laps (87%) by Johnny Mantz on September 4, 1950. He started the speed from the 43rd space.
  • Basically the most laps led in a NASCAR Cup Series speed at Darlington Raceway by a driver that did no longer purchase the speed used to be 284 laps of the scheduled 367 laps (77%) by Kyle Larson on September 2, 2018. He started the speed from the 43rd space.
  • The fewest laps led in a NASCAR Cup Series speed at Darlington Raceway by the speed winner used to be appropriate the final lap by Ricky Craven on March 16, 2013. He started the speed from the 31st space.

Top 10 Lap Leaders at Darlington Raceway (All-Time & Active)

Crude

All-Time Drivers

Led

Accomplished

% Led

Crude

Active Drivers

Led

Accomplished

% Led

1

Dale Earnhardt

2,648

14,011

18.9%

1

Kyle Busch

716

5,425

13.2%

2

Richard Petty

2,391

17,120

14.0%

2

Kevin Harvick

581

7,842

7.4%

3

David Pearson

2,116

12,536

16.9%

3

Denny Hamlin

562

5,138

10.9%

4

Jeff Gordon

1,744

11,458

15.2%

4

Jimmie Johnson

554

7,128

7.8%

5

Darrell Waltrip

1,723

16,395

10.5%

5

Kurt Busch

360

7,970

4.5%

6

Cale Yarborough

1,647

12,959

12.7%

6

Kasey Kahne

353

5,751

6.1%

7

Bobby Allison

1,601

12,630

12.7%

7

Ryan Newman

334

7,377

4.5%

8

Harry Gant

1,088

9,144

11.9%

8

Brad Keselowski

293

4,038

7.3%

9

Bill Elliott

980

17,477

5.6%

9

Martin Truex Jr

232

5,144

4.5%

10

Fireball Roberts

916

4,572

20.0%

10

Matt Kenseth

193

8,455

2.3%

Female Competitor Stats

  • Three female drivers enjoy competed at Darlington Raceway in the NASCAR Cup Series — Danica Patrick, Janet Guthrie and Shawna Robinson.

Active Drivers

Beginning Discipline

Ending Discipline

Date

Danica Patrick

33

26

9/3/2017

Danica Patrick

25

24

9/4/2016

Danica Patrick

30

42

9/6/2015

Danica Patrick

33

22

4/12/2014

Danica Patrick

40

28

5/11/2013

Danica Patrick

38

31

5/12/2012

Averages

33.2

28.8

Sluggish Drivers

Beginning Discipline

Ending Discipline

Date

Janet Guthrie

26

16

9/5/1977

Shawna Robinson

42

42

3/17/2002

NASCAR in South Carolina

  • South Carolina has hosted a entire of 306 NASCAR nationwide assortment races among 10 varied tracks.

Track Title

City

Cup

Xfinity

Gander Vans

Total Races

First Year

Darlington Raceway

Darlington

116

59

6

181

1950

Columbia Speedway

Columbia

43

43

1951

Greenville-Pickens Speedway

Greenville

29

2

31

1951

Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds

Spartanburg

22

22

1953

Rambi Tear Track

Myrtle Beach

9

13

22

1958

Coastal Speedway

Myrtle Beach

2

2

1956

Lancaster Speedway

Lancaster

2

2

1957

Gamecock Speedway

Sumter

1

1

1960

Hartsville Speedway

Hartsville

1

1

1961

Newberry Speedway

Newberry

1

1

1957

Totals

226

74

6

306

  • The significant NASCAR Cup Series speed held in the instruct of South Carolina used to be at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 4, 1950 — the tournament used to be won by Johnny Mantz in a Plymouth.  

South Carolina In NASCAR

  • A entire of 139 varied drivers enjoy made on the very least one NASCAR nationwide assortment open with their home instruct recorded as South Carolina.
  • James Hylton leads all NASCAR drivers from South Carolina with basically the most NASCAR nationwide assortment starts with 607.

Top Five in NASCAR National Series Starts from South Carolina Drivers

South Carolina Drivers

National Series Starts

Fatherland

James Hylton

607

Inman

David Pearson

580

Spartanburg

Cale Yarborough

562

Timmonsville

Jason Keller

522

Greenville

Jeremy Clements

336

Spartanburg

  • Three drivers from South Carolina enjoy been inducted into the NASCAR Corridor of Popularity — David Pearson, Cale Yarborough and Cotton Owens.

South Carolina In NASCAR

  • 11 drivers from South Carolina enjoy won on the very least one speed in NASCAR‘s three nationwide assortment; seven enjoy won in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Driver

Cup

Xfinity

Gander Outside

Combined

David Pearson

105

1

106

Cale Yarborough

83

83

Cotton Owens

9

9

Runt Lund

5

5

James Hylton

2

2

Johnny Allen

1

1

Joe Eubanks

1

1

Larry Pearson

15

15

Jason Keller

10

10

Butch Lindley

6

6

Jeremy Clements

1

1

Totals

206

33

239

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