Darlington Raceway

  • 1301 Harry Byrd Hwy
  • Darlington, SC 29532

Darlington Raceway is a race track built for NASCAR racing located in Darlington, South Carolina. It is of a unique, somewhat egg-shaped design, an oval with the ends of very different configurations, a condition which supposedly arose from the proximity of one end of the track to a minnow pond the owner refused to relocate. This situation makes it very challenging for the crews to set up their cars' handling in a way that will be effective at both ends.

For many years, Darlington was the site of two annual NASCAR Cup Series races. One, the Rebel 400, was held in the spring while the other, the Southern 500, was always held on Labor Day weekend. In 2003, the Labor Day race was given to Auto Club Speedway, and the Southern 500 was moved to November 2004 and was run as part of the Chase. In 2005, NASCAR eliminated the Southern 500 altogether as a result of the Ferko lawsuit, offending many fans who had followed the sport for generations. The race was merged into the 400-mile (640 km) spring race, and moved to Mother's Day weekend. A 500-mile race named after a Dodge vehicle was held for the next four years, before the race was given the Southern 500 moniker in 2009.

The move was the result of several factors. Darlington suffered from poor ticket sales, particularly in the spring. Part of this is due to the track's location in the Textile Belt of South Carolina, where there has been an ongoing general economic decline for many years. Additionally, there is very little of interest to the average fan from outside the Darlington area other than the events at the track itself. Many newer NASCAR venues are near major cities to avoid this problem. A further factor in the move was an ongoing desire by NASCAR to spread its events out over more of the country. However, the novelty having now worn off of many of these newer races and venues, several of them are now suffering much worse attendance than Darlington has ever experienced.

Darlington received a $10 million upgrade in 2008, the largest investment in the track's history. This followed a $6 million upgrade the previous year, which included an entire repaving of the oval for the first time since 1995.

In 2014, Darlington swapped dates with Kansas Speedway and was run in April. In 2015, the Southern 500 returned to its traditional Labor Day weekend date.

Source: Wikipedia

Winning Manufacturers at Darlington Raceway

Winning Manufacturers at Darlington Raceway
Winning Manufacturer Wins
Chevrolet 41
Ford 31
Mercury 10
Toyota 8
Oldsmobile 6
Dodge 5
Pontiac 5
Plymouth 4
Buick 4
Hudson 3
AMC 2

NASCAR Cup Races at Darlington Raceway

Races at Darlington Raceway
Date Race Winner Start Laps Led Car # Sponsor Make Car Owner
09-06-2020 Cook Out Southern 500 Kevin Harvick 8 32 4 Busch Beer Throwback Ford Stewart-Haas Racing
05-20-2020 Toyota 500 Denny Hamlin 16 12 11 FedEx Delivering Strength Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
05-17-2020 The Real Heroes 400 Kevin Harvick 6 159 4 Busch Light #YOURFACEHERE Ford Stewart-Haas Racing
09-01-2019 Bojangles' Southern 500 Erik Jones 15 79 20 Sport Clips Throwback Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
09-02-2018 Bojangles' Southern 500 Brad Keselowski 13 24 2 Miller Genuine Draft Ford Team Penske
09-03-2017 Bojangles' Southern 500 Denny Hamlin 9 124 11 Sport Clips Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing
09-04-2016 Bojangles' Southern 500 Martin Truex Jr 8 28 78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Furniture Row Motorsports
09-06-2015 Bojangles Southern 500 Carl Edwards 13 15 19 Arris Toyota J.D. Gibbs
04-12-2014 Bojangles Southern 500 Kevin Harvick 1 238 4 Budweiser Chevrolet Tony Stewart
05-11-2013 Bojangles Southern 500 Matt Kenseth 7 17 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota Joe Gibbs
05-12-2012 Southern 500 Jimmie Johnson 2 134 48 Lowe's / Kobalt Tools Chevrolet Jeff Gordon
05-07-2011 Showtime Southern 500 Regan Smith 23 11 78 Furniture Row Companies Chevrolet Barney Visser
05-08-2010 Showtime Southern 500 Denny Hamlin 8 104 11 FedEx Express Toyota J D Gibbs
05-09-2009 Southern 500 Mark Martin 12 46 5 Cheez-It / Carquest Chevrolet Mary Hendrick
05-10-2008 Dodge Avenger 500 Kyle Busch 6 169 18 M&M's "Indiana Jones" Toyota Joe Gibbs
05-13-2007 Dodge Avenger 500 Jeff Gordon 10 22 24 DuPont Chevrolet Rick Hendrick
05-13-2006 Dodge Charger 500 Greg Biffle 9 170 16 National Guard Ford Geoff Smith
05-07-2005 Dodge Charger 500 Greg Biffle 3 176 16 National Guard / Travelodge Ford Geoff Smith
11-14-2004 Mountain Dew Southern 500 Jimmie Johnson 4 124 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Rick Hendrick
03-21-2004 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Jimmie Johnson 11 69 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Rick Hendrick
08-31-2003 Mountain Dew Southern 500 Terry Labonte 3 33 5 Kellogg's / got milk? Chevrolet Rick Hendrick
03-16-2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Ricky Craven 31 1 32 Tide Pontiac Cal Wells
09-01-2002 Mountain Dew Southern 500 Jeff Gordon 3 125 24 DuPont Chevrolet Rick Hendrick
03-17-2002 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Sterling Marlin 11 57 40 Coors Light Dodge Chip Ganassi
09-02-2001 Mountain Dew Southern 500 Ward Burton 37 27 22 Caterpillar Dodge Bill Davis
03-18-2001 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Dale Jarrett 2 16 88 UPS Ford Yates Racing
09-03-2000 Pepsi Southern 500 Bobby Labonte 37 10 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac Joe Gibbs
03-19-2000 Mall.com 400 Ward Burton 3 188 22 Caterpillar Pontiac Bill Davis
09-05-1999 The 50th Pepsi Southern 500 Jeff Burton 15 89 99 Exide Batteries Ford Jack Roush
03-21-1999 TranSouth Financial 400 Jeff Burton 9 59 99 Exide Batteries Ford Jack Roush
09-06-1998 Pepsi Southern 500 Jeff Gordon 5 64 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevrolet Rick Hendrick
03-22-1998 TranSouth Financial 400 Dale Jarrett 3 68 88 Quality Care / Ford Credit Ford Yates Racing
08-31-1997 Mountain Dew Southern 500 Jeff Gordon 7 116 24 DuPont Refinishes Chevrolet Rick Hendrick
03-23-1997 TranSouth Financial 400 Dale Jarrett 1 171 88 Quality Care / Ford Credit Ford Yates Racing
09-01-1996 Mountain Dew Southern 500 Jeff Gordon 2 52 24 DuPont Refinishes Chevrolet Rick Hendrick
03-24-1996 TranSouth Financial 400 Jeff Gordon 2 189 24 DuPont Refinishes Chevrolet Rick Hendrick
09-03-1995 Mountain Dew Southern 500 Jeff Gordon 5 54 24 DuPont Refinishes Chevrolet Rick Hendrick
03-26-1995 TranSouth Financial 400 Sterling Marlin 5 43 4 Kodak Film Chevrolet Larry McClure
09-04-1994 Mountain Dew Southern 500 Bill Elliott 9 21 11 Budweiser Ford Junior Johnson
03-27-1994 TranSouth Financial 400 Dale Earnhardt 9 166 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Richard Childress
09-05-1993 Mountain Dew Southern 500 Mark Martin 4 178 6 Valvoline Ford Jack Roush
03-28-1993 TranSouth 500 Dale Earnhardt 1 212 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Richard Childress
09-06-1992 Mountain Dew Southern 500 Darrell Waltrip 5 6 17 Western Auto Chevrolet Darrell Waltrip
03-29-1992 TranSouth 500 Bill Elliott 2 93 11 Budweiser Ford Junior Johnson
09-01-1991 Heinz Southern 500 Harry Gant 5 152 33 Skoal Bandit Oldsmobile Leo Jackson
04-07-1991 TranSouth 500 Ricky Rudd 13 69 5 Tide Chevrolet Rick Hendrick
09-02-1990 Heinz Southern 500 Dale Earnhardt 1 99 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Richard Childress
04-01-1990 TranSouth 500 Dale Earnhardt 15 129 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Richard Childress
09-03-1989 Heinz Southern 500 Dale Earnhardt 10 153 3 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Richard Childress
04-02-1989 TranSouth 500 Harry Gant 10 179 33 Skoal Bandit Oldsmobile Leo Jackson / Richard Jackson
09-04-1988 Southern 500 Bill Elliott 1 154 9 Coors Ford Harry Melling
03-27-1988 TranSouth 500 Lake Speed 8 178 83 Wynn's Oldsmobile Lake Speed
09-06-1987 Southern 500 Dale Earnhardt 5 109 3 Wrangler Jeans Chevrolet Richard Childress
03-29-1987 TranSouth 500 Dale Earnhardt 2 239 3 Wrangler Jeans Chevrolet Richard Childress
08-31-1986 Southern 500 Tim Richmond 1 168 25 Folger's Chevrolet Rick Hendrick
04-13-1986 TranSouth 500 Dale Earnhardt 4 335 3 Wrangler Jeans Chevrolet Richard Childress
09-01-1985 Southern 500 Bill Elliott 1 100 9 Coors Ford Harry Melling
04-14-1985 TranSouth 500 Bill Elliott 1 146 9 Coors Ford Harry Melling
09-02-1984 Southern 500 Harry Gant 1 277 33 Skoal Bandit Chevrolet Hal Needham
04-15-1984 TranSouth 500 Darrell Waltrip 9 251 11 Budweiser Chevrolet Junior Johnson
09-05-1983 Southern 500 Bobby Allison 14 119 22 Miller High Life Buick DiGard
04-10-1983 TranSouth 500 Harry Gant 5 2 33 Skoal Bandit Buick Hal Needham
09-06-1982 Southern 500 Cale Yarborough 9 99 27 Valvoline Buick M.C. Anderson
04-04-1982 CRC Chemicals Rebel 500 Dale Earnhardt 5 181 15 Wrangler Jeans Ford Bud Moore
09-07-1981 Southern 500 Neil Bonnett 3 216 21 Warner Hodgdon Ford Wood Brothers
04-12-1981 CRC Chemicals Rebel 500 Darrell Waltrip 3 186 11 Mountain Dew Buick Junior Johnson
09-01-1980 Southern 500 Terry Labonte 10 2 44 Apache Classic Stove Chevrolet Billy Hagan
04-13-1980 CRC Chemicals Rebel 500 David Pearson 2 99 1 Hawaiian Tropic Chevrolet Hoss Ellington
09-03-1979 Southern 500 David Pearson 5 74 2 Rod Osterlund Chevrolet Rod Osterlund
04-08-1979 CRC Chemicals Rebel 500 Darrell Waltrip 2 242 88 Gatorade Chevrolet DiGard
09-04-1978 Southern 500 Cale Yarborough 6 203 11 1st National City Travelers Checks Oldsmobile Junior Johnson
04-09-1978 Rebel 500 Benny Parsons 8 83 72 1st National City Travelers Checks Chevrolet L.G. DeWitt
09-05-1977 Southern 500 David Pearson 5 60 21 Purolator Mercury Wood Brothers
04-03-1977 Rebel 500 Darrell Waltrip 4 26 88 Gatorade Chevrolet DiGard
09-05-1976 Southern 500 David Pearson 1 93 21 Purolator Mercury Wood Brothers
04-11-1976 Rebel 500 David Pearson 1 51 21 Purolator Mercury Wood Brothers
09-01-1975 Southern 500 Bobby Allison 3 119 16 Coca-Cola / AMC AMC Roger Penske
04-13-1975 Rebel 500 Bobby Allison 5 8 16 Coca-Cola / AMC AMC Roger Penske
09-02-1974 Southern 500 Cale Yarborough 4 159 11 Carling Chevrolet Junior Johnson
04-07-1974 Rebel 450 David Pearson 2 140 21 Purolator Mercury Wood Brothers
09-03-1973 Southern 500 Cale Yarborough 8 277 11 Kar-Kare Chevrolet Richard Howard
04-15-1973 Rebel 500 David Pearson 1 246 21 Purolator Mercury Wood Brothers
09-04-1972 Southern 500 Bobby Allison 1 229 12 Coca-Cola Chevrolet Richard Howard
04-16-1972 Rebel 400 David Pearson 1 202 21 Purolator Mercury Wood Brothers
09-06-1971 Southern 500 Bobby Allison 1 329 12 Coca-Cola Mercury Holman-Moody
05-02-1971 Rebel 400 Buddy Baker 5 27 11 Petty Enterprises Dodge Petty Enterprises
09-07-1970 Southern 500 Buddy Baker 2 88 6 Cotton Owens Dodge Cotton Owens
05-09-1970 Rebel 400 David Pearson 3 117 17 Holman-Moody Ford Holman-Moody
09-01-1969 Southern 500 LeeRoy Yarbrough 4 82 98 Junior Johnson Ford Junior Johnson
05-10-1969 Rebel 400 LeeRoy Yarbrough 4 8 98 Jim Robbins Special Mercury Junior Johnson
09-02-1968 Southern 500 Cale Yarborough 2 169 21 60 Minute Cleaners Mercury Wood Brothers
05-11-1968 Rebel 400 David Pearson 2 131 17 East Tenn. Motor Co. Ford Holman-Moody
09-04-1967 Southern 500 Richard Petty 1 345 43 Plymouth By Petty Plymouth Petty Enterprises
05-13-1967 Rebel 400 Richard Petty 2 266 43 Plymouth By Petty Plymouth Petty Enterprises
09-05-1966 Southern 500 Darel Dieringer 3 105 16 Bud Moore Mercury Bud Moore
04-30-1966 Rebel 400 Richard Petty 1 281 43 Petty Enterprises Plymouth Petty Enterprises
09-06-1965 Southern 500 Ned Jarrett 10 62 11 Bondy Long Ford Bondy Long
05-08-1965 Rebel 300 Junior Johnson 3 197 26 Junior Johnson Ford Junior Johnson
09-07-1964 Southern 500 Buck Baker 6 63 3 Ray Fox Dodge Ray Fox
05-09-1964 Rebel 300 Fred Lorenzen 1 124 28 LaFayette Ford Holman-Moody
09-02-1963 Southern 500 Fireball Roberts 9 58 22 Holman-Moody Ford Holman-Moody
05-11-1963 Rebel 300 Joe Weatherly 6 4 8 Bud Moore Pontiac Bud Moore
09-03-1962 Southern 500 Larry Frank 10 85 66 Ratus Walters Ford Ratus Walters
05-12-1962 Rebel 300 Nelson Stacy 3 15 29 Holman-Moody Ford Holman-Moody
09-04-1961 Southern 500 Nelson Stacy 3 72 29 Holt-Stacy Ford Dudley Farrell
05-06-1961 Rebel 300 Fred Lorenzen 1 69 28 Courtesy Ford Ford Holman-Moody
09-05-1960 Southern 500 Buck Baker 2 175 47 Boomershine Pontiac Jack Smith
05-14-1960 Rebel 300 Joe Weatherly 2 107 12 Holman-Moody Ford Holman-Moody
09-07-1959 Southern 500 Jim Reed 14 152 7 Jim Reed Chevrolet Jim Reed
09-01-1958 Southern 500 Fireball Roberts 2 196 22 Aiken-Mitchell Motor Co. Chevrolet Frank Strickland
09-02-1957 Southern 500 Speedy Thompson 7 210 46 Oates Motor Co. Chevrolet Speedy Thompson
09-03-1956 Southern 500 Curtis Turner 11 225 99 Schwam Motors Ford Charlie Schwam
09-05-1955 Southern 500 Herb Thomas 8 77 92 Motoramic Chevrolet Herb Thomas
09-06-1954 Southern 500 Herb Thomas 23 43 92 Herb Thomas Hudson Herb Thomas
09-07-1953 Southern 500 Buck Baker 7 151 87 Griffin Motors Oldsmobile Bob Griffin
09-01-1952 Southern 500 Fonty Flock 1 341 14 Air Lift Special Oldsmobile Frank Christian
05-10-1952 1952-10 Dick Rathman 4 20 120 Walt Chapman Hudson Walt Chapman
09-03-1951 Southern 500 Herb Thomas 2 311 92 FABULOUS Hudson Herb Thomas
09-04-1950 Southern 500 Johnny Mantz 43 351 98 Hubert Westmoreland Plymouth Hubert Westmoreland