NASCAR at Darlington results: Erik Jones shocks the field, nabs victory at Southern 500 in wild race (2023)

With about 50 laps left in the Southern 500, it seemed that the checkered flag was headed to Joe Gibbs Racing.

When the race ended, though, it was a Joe Gibbs Racing reject who was in victory lane.

Erik Jones nabbed a shock victory at Darlington, throwing a monkey wrench in the NASCAR Cup Series' playoff field in the process.

Jones' victory didn't look too likely when Stage 3 started. Between Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing had a vice grip on the lead for much of the Stage's opening 100 or so laps.

With 34 laps to go, though, Truex's day ended. His engine failed him, overheating just as it looked like he was headed for his second win on the egg-shaped track.

He was less than pleased.

"It's been tough."

Martin Truex Jr. looked poised to win his second Southern 500, but power steering and a mechanical failure ended his night.

— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) September 5, 2022

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Busch was the beneficiary, taking the lead as Truex headed to the garage. But 10 laps later, pillars of smoke began emanating from Busch's No. 18 car. His day would come to a close shortly thereafter, busting the door wide open for Jones and his team.

It wasn't easy for the Petty GMS driver; he still had to hold off Hamlin, a racer gunning for a victory that would cement his spot in the next round of the Cup Series playoffs.

But Jones hadjustenough to hold Hamlin off. And as he crossed the finish line, his delight was clear.

"We've been so close, here and there all year," Jones said. "I didn't think today was going to be the day. It was going to be a tough one to win, I knew. But no [more] fitting place, man. I love this track, I love this race. I'm on that trophy twice, man. I was pumped to be on it once but to have [my name] on it twice is pretty cool."

"I get a hat!"@therichardpetty promised @Erik_Jones one of the iconic trademark hats if he won at @TooToughToTame, and he did!

— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) September 5, 2022

The Sporting News tracked live updates from Sunday's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Follow along below to see all the action as it unfolded at the inaugural playoff race of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season.

NASCAR at Darlington live updates, highlights from Goodyear 400

(All times Eastern.)

10:32 p.m.:And Erik Jones take the checkered flag at Darlington! What a shocking upset for the No. 43 car! The crowd is going wild as Jones leaves donuts around the track!

10:31 p.m.:Hamlin is within three car lengths of Jones! There's two laps to go and Hamlin looks like he's gaining ground!

10:30 p.m.:Jones has put a little distance between himself and Hamlin. The pressure is on. Can he nab a massive upset? Only time will tell.

Four laps to go!

10:29 p.m.:With seven laps to go, here's how the top ten is shaping up:

  • Erik Jones
  • Denny Hamlin
  • Tyler Reddick
  • Joey Logano
  • Christopher Bell
  • Michael McDowell
  • Brad Keselowski
  • William Byron
  • Bubba Wallace
  • Alex Bowman

10:25 p.m.:With 15 laps to go, it's Erik Jones in the iconic No. 43 car who has the lead! Jones didn't qualify for the playoffs, but he could put a real dent in some of his competitors' chances in the postseason.

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Hamlin and Reddick are right on his trail, however, sitting less than a second behind Jones.

10:18 p.m.:Busch's car is smoking! His engine failed and he's headed to the garage! After leading for 155 laps, Busch is one for the day!

Kyle Busch's motor blows up!


— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) September 5, 2022

He's getting adorned with jeers from the fans. What an unbelievable race this has been.

10:15 p.m.:Truex's day is done. And he's not happy about it.

"It's been tough."

Martin Truex Jr. looked poised to win his second Southern 500, but power steering and a mechanical failure ended his night.

— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) September 5, 2022

10:12 p.m.:Caution flag waved once more. Ware's car slams into the wall before coming to a stop.

26 laps left and still everything to play for.

10:09 p.m.:And Truex's engine is overheating! He's headed to pit road, clearing the way for Kyle Busch to take the lead.

truex to pit with engine issue ... kyle busch the leader

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 5, 2022

So unlucky for Truex, who had a real chance of playing spoiler today.

10:05 p.m.:Truex holds a sizable edge over second-place Busch. Tyler Reddick has broken through the Joe Gibbs Racing triumvirate.

9:57 p.m.:It's a Joe Gibbs Racing trio leading the way at Darlington. Truex, Busch and Denny Hamlin hold the top three spots with 51 laps to go.

And it's not even close. Hamlin is five seconds faster than fourth-place Erik Jones.

The race is still up for grabs, of course. Caution flags could be waved, collisions will likely happen and who knows how drivers will exit out of their pit stops. But as things stand, Joe Gibbs Racing is looking like the Southern 500's biggest winner.

9:53 p.m.:Truex has been at his best throughout tonight's race. He's looking every bit like the driver who nabbed the Cup Series title in 2017. Truex currently holds a nearly two second lead over second-place Kyle Busch. Phenomenal display through 311 laps.

57 left to go.

9:44 p.m.:With Elliott and Harvick knocked out of today's race, the playoff field could look much different than fans may have expected.

There's still 75 laps to go. But, as Bob Pockrass notes, Elliott's playoff cushion could drop to as few as 10 points.

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Wouldn't expect Elliott to fall below the playoff cutoff thanks to his playoff points. But his cushion possibly less than 10.

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 5, 2022

9:40 p.m.:Harvick tells reporters that there was no engine failure with the car. He blamed the fire on the "crappy ass parts" of his No. 4 car.

A frustrated Kevin Harvick explains what happened inside the car as it caught fire. #NASCARPlayoffs

— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) September 5, 2022

9:29 p.m.:The caution flag is waved once more! It's Kevin Harvick this time! The No.4 car suddenly burst into flames! Scary scene but Harvick did well to pull into the lawn and jump out of the car before things got unchy.

.@KevinHarvick was able to exit his car after it caught fire at @TooToughToTame.

— NASCAR (@NASCAR) September 5, 2022

Plumes of smoke filled the cockpit, but Harvick showed great composure to get himself out of that situation.

9:26 p.m.:Truex has been a man on a mission so far. Despite just missing out on a playoff spot, Truex told reporters that he planned to try to play spoiler in the remaining 10 races of the Cup Series season.

He's done just that through 273 laps and currently sits in second place, less than a second behind Busch.

9:23 p.m.:Logano had cut into Busch's lead, even bringing the margin to as slim as a half a second. However, it seems his rear tires are feeling the burn.

Logano had cut into KyBusch's lead to under a second but Logano said he has burned up the rear tires.

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 5, 2022

9:15 p.m.:Suarez's team is clearly frustrated with the way Christopher Bell has been racing. They're trying to calm Suarez down, reminding him that there's a lot of race to go and emboldening him to get a little tighter when close to Bell.

9:12 p.m.:Joey Logano is back in the mix for the checkered flag! He's had an up-and-down day so far, conceding pole position partway through Stage 1. And despite struggling to make his mark, Logano has began to rally. Showed some real aggression to snag a stage point in Stage 2. And now, he's in second place, less than a second behind Busch.

9:09 p.m.:Stage 3 is off! And it's been a frenetic start, with Alex Bowman and Daniel Suárez encountering a little contact.

Seems Bowman is battling with Christopher Bell for position. He keeps on getting tight with the No. 20 car. One to watch as the race goes on.

9:01 p.m.:And Kyle Busch takes Stage 2! That's his third stage victory of the season. He's starting to hit a rhythm right as the Cup Series reaches its crescendo!

STAGE WINNER: The Sun went down, but the action just skyrocketed. @KyleBusch wins Stage 2 in the #Southern500!

— NASCAR (@NASCAR) September 5, 2022

9:00 p.m.:With one lap to go, it looks like Busch will take the checkered flag. He's about a half a car-length over Truex.

8:58 p.m.:Logano with the aggressive move! He barrels through the likes of Suarez, Bell and Byron to put himself in position to get a stage point. Logano now sitting in the top five.

Classic Joey Logano.

8:57 p.m.:The green flag is waved once more and its Kyle Busch with the slight edge over Truex, Blaney and Suarez. All four are within a second of the lead.

8:50 p.m.:That's another caution flag, the sixth of the day. Cody Ware's car is getting treatment.

Truex, Busch and Byron among those headed to pit road.

8:43 p.m.:LaJoie is doing a great job holding off the competition despite driving on some older tires. If he can get to the next caution flag without an issue, he'll put himself in a great position to compete atop the front of the pack.

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8:39 p.m.:After the race restart, here's how things stand. Busch holds a second-long edge over Martin Truex Jr. Byron is trailing close behind. Corey LaJoie and Christopher Bell are also in the mix. And a special mention for Daniel Suarez, who overcame a one-lap penalty for inspection failures to find a place in the top ten.

We are 204 laps into the contest. 26 more before the end of Stage 2. Lots of time left for people to make a run.

8:31 p.m.:Another caution flag waved after Larson spins out. His left rear tire went flat, sending him into the wall. However, he's not showing too much despair, per Pockrass.

Larson said he hit the wall on his left rears. He said don't worry, this car is tough.

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 5, 2022

8:18 p.m.:Here is video of Elliott's No. 9 car headed to the garage. A disappointing sight for race fans, undoubtedly.

Chase Elliott heads to the garage far sooner than anyone expected.

— Jordan Bianchi (@Jordan_Bianchi) September 5, 2022

8:15 p.m.:Per Pockrass, Chastain's issues are related to his left rear suspension. Seems they have been remedied, though.

left rear drive pins were the issue on Chastain. He is asked if he can go hard and is told he can.

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 5, 2022

8:10 p.m.:Ross Chastain having some difficulties with his car. Can be heard on the radio saying that something is broken. He's headed to pit road now.

7:55 p.m.:Busch has found some real success after struggling on the track earlier in the race. He got off the blocks on pit road faster than all the others drivers and took the lead for the first time in the race. He has since maintained that edge, outpacing the likes of Byron and Bell in the process.

7:48 p.m.:Per Bob Pockrass, Elliott is done for the day due to the collision. Unfortunate situation for the Cup Series regular season points leader.

Elliott done for the day

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 4, 2022

7:38 p.m.:Byron takes the green flag! That's his first stage win since April.

7:36 p.m.:Caution flag is waved! Looks like Chase Elliott collided with the wall after curling into a corner. He eventually bumped into Chase Briscoe, but Elliott suffered the brunt of the damage.

His crew has ten minutes to figure out what went wrong and make the necessary changes.

7:33 p.m.:Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney getting very tight with one another on Turn 1. Looks like Logano gave Blaney a little bump and Blaney wasn't budging. Blaney made the pass, moving into ninth place in the process. Logano is outside of the top ten.

It's really playoff time, ain't it?

7:28 p.m.:With 15 laps left in Stage 1, here's how the top five is shaping up:

  • William Byron
  • Kyle Busch
  • Denny Hamlin
  • Christopher Bell
  • Ross Chastain

Martin Truex Jr., who missed out on the playoffs by a handful of points, sits in sixth.

7:25 p.m.:Larson tells his team that his car is running smoothly now. He's currently in 35th place.

7:17 p.m.:Kyle Larson's engine is having real issues. On the radio, he told his crew that he could barely see anything. He had to pull into pit road. Seems like his team is pushing him to finish the stage first. But huge problems mounting for the reigning Cup Series champion.

7:10 p.m.:Byron takes the lead! A pretty easy pass by the Hendrick Motorsports driver. Some concern for Logano, whose car is well off the pace after being fairly comfortable for most of the first 60 or so laps. With a green flag pit stop looming, it'll be imperative for Logano's crew to fix whatever issues he's having.

7:07 p.m.:Through 61 laps, Joey Logano and William Byron have put a little distance between themselves and the rest of the field. Third-place Christopher Bell is over two seconds behind Byron, who sits in second.

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7:02 p.m.:Kevin Harvick dropped to 34th after having some difficulties during his pit stop. Crew chief Rodney Childers doesn't seem too concerned, though. It's a long race, after all.

Some trouble on the No. 4 pit stop. Harvick now scored 34th.

Crew chief Rodney Childers: "Shake it off, fellas. Long way to go."#NASCAR | #NASCARPlayoffs

— Zack Albert (@zack_albert) September 4, 2022

6:56 p.m.:Kyle Busch lost five spots on pit road due to a nut coming out of his right front tire. He now sits in ninth place.

6:52 p.m.:And the caution flag is waved on Lap 37. Drivers are pulling into pit road to get the necessary adjustments needed to keep going.

6:48 p.m.:We are about three laps away from the competition caution flag being waved. That should help out more than a few drivers.

competition caution now lap 35

— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 4, 2022

6:45 p.m.:Austin Dillon snagged a playoff place with a momentous victory last week. However, he's not faring too well so far. Dillon sits in 25th place. Not very happy with the tightness of the his car.

Austin Dillon says he's running like "dog sh**."

— Jordan Bianchi (@Jordan_Bianchi) September 4, 2022

6:41 p.m.:The green flag is waved, and the race is back on. Logano still holding firm in pole position.

6:30 p.m.:Kevin Harvick telling his pit crew that he's experiencing some issues with his helmet. Seems like it's not cooling him properly. That's not what you want to here 11 laps into a 500-mile race.

6:25 p.m.:The first caution flag is waved! There's a little drizzle on the track. Shouldn't delay things too much, but NASCAR opting for caution. That's a real let off for Daniel Suarez, who was given a one-lap penalty for inspection failures.

6:24 p.m.:Christopher Bell and Joey Logano going back-and-forth trying to battle for the pole position. What a start!

6:23 p.m.:And we are off! The Southern 500 is underway!

What time does the NASCAR race start?

  • Race:Southern 500
  • Date:Sunday, Sept. 4
  • Start time: 6 p.m. ET

The Southern 500 is listed to start at 6 p.m. ET, although the green flag is scheduled to be waved at 6:19 p.m. ET.

What channel is NASCAR on today?

  • TV channel: USA(U.S.) | TSN5 (Canada)
  • Live stream:Peacock,fuboTV
  • Radio:MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Sunday's race will be broadcast on USA Network in the U.S.

Rick Allen will call the lap-by-lap action at Darlington. He'll be joined by analysts Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte, but only for Stages 1 and 3.

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There's a special wrinkle in USA's coverage of the event. Stage 2 of the Southern 500 will feature two new crew members working alongside Earnhardt: Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett will come up from the studio to offer occasional musings.

Canadian viewers can follow all the action from Darlington on TSN5.

Cord-cutters can find Sunday's race on Peacock orfuboTV, which offers a free trial.

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Starting lineup for Darlington race

Starting pos.DriverCar No.Team
1Joey Logano22Team Penske
2Christopher Bell20Joe Gibbs Racing
3William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports
4Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing
5Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing
6Austin Cindric2Team Penske
7Kyle Larson5Hendrick Motorsports
8Bubba Wallace4523XI Racing
9Ryan Blaney12Team Penske
10Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports
11Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing
12Ross Chastain1Trackhouse Racing
13Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racnig
14Justin Haley31Kaulig Racing
15Erik Jones43Petty GMS Motorsports
16Alex Bowman48Hendrick Motorsports
17Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing
18Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing
19Chase Briscoe14Stewart-Haas Racing
20Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing
21Ty Gibbs23Joe Gibbs Racing
22Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing
23Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports
24Daniel Hemric16Kaulig Racing
25Brad Keselowski6Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing
26Landon Cassill77Spire Motorsports
27Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing
28Harrison Burton21Wood Brothers Racing
29Ty Dillon42Petty GMS Motorsports
30Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing
31Todd Gilliland38Front Row Motorsports
32Cody Ware51Rick Ware Racing
33JJ Yeley15Rick Ware Racing
34Corey LaJoie7Spire Motorsports
35BJ McLeod78Live Fast Motorsports
36Daniel Suarez99Trackhouse Racing


Who won the Southern 500 today? ›

Cue, Erik Jones in the 43 who took the lead toward the end of the race and never looked back. Jones was able to fend off a hard-charging Denny Hamilin in the 11 to take home his second ever Southern 500 win. Jones, who narrowly missed the playoffs this season, still made history.

Who won the 1993 Southern 500? ›

After an intense battle Mark Martin broke away from Dale Earnhardt and won the Southern 500, his fourth straight Winston Cup win. He and Earnhardt combined to lead 279 laps.

Who won the 1957 Southern 500? ›

Speedy Thompson defeated Cotton Owens by three laps at an average speed of 100.094 miles per hour (161.086 km/h).

Who has won the most Southern 500? ›

Southern 500
NASCAR Cup Series
Most wins (driver)Jeff Gordon (6)
Most wins (team)Hendrick Motorsports (11)
Most wins (manufacturer)Chevrolet (28)
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How much does the winner of the Southern 500 get? ›

30, 2002) - A record purse topping $4 million will be on the line when the green flag waves for the 53rd running of the Mountain Dew Southern 500 on Sunday at Darlington Raceway. The posted awards for Sunday's race are $4,074,160 with the winner pocketing a minimum $149,355.

Who won the Southern 500 in Darlington? ›

NASCAR at Darlington results: Erik Jones shocks the field, nabs victory at Southern 500 in wild race. With about 50 laps left in the Southern 500, it seemed that the checkered flag was headed to Joe Gibbs Racing. When the race ended, though, it was a Joe Gibbs Racing reject who was in victory lane.

What NASCAR driver has the most wins at Darlington? ›

David Pearson

Who won the 1960 Southern 500? ›

Baker, the winner of the 1953 and 1960 Southern 500s, kept himself in contention, running near the front of the field as Petty and Pearson set the pace. Attrition was brutal, as mechanical woes and accidents knocked out 20 of the 44 cars in the field by the halfway point of the race.

Who won the 1976 Southern 500? ›

Summary. The race took four hours and nine minutes for David Pearson to defeat Richard Petty by nearly three seconds. Pearson ended a career slump in the Southern 500, taking the ninth win of his successful 1976 season, his first Southern 500 after six wins in the Rebel 500.

Who won the Southern 500 in 1950? ›

Johnny Mantz Hubert Westmoreland

Who won the 1987 Southern 500? ›

Contested over 202 laps – shortened from 367 laps due to rain – on the 1.366 mile (2.198 km) speedway, it was the 21st race of the 1987 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Dale Earnhardt of Richard Childress Racing won the race.

Who won the 1972 Southern 500? ›

1972 Southern 500
11Bobby Allison
213David Pearson
33Richard Petty
42Fred Lorenzen
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What makes Darlington special? ›

Since 1960 Darlington has hosted annually two races in NASCAR's top division. Darlington's unique shape, coarse racing surface, and preferred racing line that runs dangerously close to the racetrack's retaining wall make it one of the most challenging tracks on the circuit.

How long does it take to run the Southern 500? ›

The race is 367 laps and usually lasts approximately four hours. The last three races ended in 4:08:01 (2021), 3:47:26 (2020) and 3:44:46 (2019).

How much are tickets to Darlington race? ›

You'll receive a ticket to Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race and Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race starting from $109.

How much is a NASCAR driver paid? ›

First and foremost, NASCAR drivers are paid a base salary from their teams that can vary anywhere from $50,000 for developmental drivers to $10 million for acclaimed drivers like Brad Keselowski or Kasey Kahne.

What does a winning jockey get paid? ›

Payout to the winning Kentucky Derby jockey

The jockey that successfully crosses the finish line first in the Run for the Roses will obtain 10% of the winner's purse. Thus, a $1.86 million payout to the winning horse equates to a $186,000 share for the rider.

How much does a NASCAR driver make for winning a race? ›

While their earnings vary, a good year can also mean over $130,000 for a race if they finish at the top. You add the endorsement money to that, and the figure is anything but shabby. Through the purse split, the winner, on average, takes home $47,500 a race while the loser makes close to $8,500.

What is the top speed at Darlington Raceway? ›

Carl Edwards said the digital speedometer on his Ford Fusion hit 193 mph right before entering turn three, a typically unheard of speed at the ultra-tricky track. The track record is 181.254 mph.

Is Darlington called the Lady in Black? ›

In the half-century since, references to Darlington as “The Lady In Black” have appeared thousands of times in publications across the country.

Who led the most laps at Darlington? ›

Kevin Harvick687214
Kyle Busch4371
Brad Keselowski38047
Denny Hamlin27613
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Who is the favorite at the Darlington race? ›

Kyle Larson has never won at Darlington but opens as the favorite for Sunday's Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET, USA). The race is the first race of the 2022 Cup Series playoffs and Larson is going for back-to-back Cup Series titles.

How fast do NASCAR cars go at Darlington? ›

Although Darlington measures just 1.366 miles in length, Aric Almirola's track qualifying record is a jaw-dropping 184.145 mph. Even drivers who get through a race clean usually leave with a “Darlington stripe” from where the right sides of their cars pancake the walls.

What is the winningest car in NASCAR history? ›

6/8 Chevy Monte Carlo: The Winningest Of Them All

The Monte Carlo has remained Chevy's NASCAR car from 1971 to 2007, and has a total of 396 wins to its name, making it the car with the most winnings in NASCAR, yet.

Who won the 1992 Southern 500? ›

Contested over 298 laps – shortened from 367 laps due to rain – on the 1.366 mile (2.198 km) speedway, it was the 21st race of the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Darrell Waltrip of Darrell Waltrip Motorsports won the race.

Who won the 2001 Southern 500? ›

Contested at 367 laps on the 1.366 mile (2.198 km) speedway, it was the 25th race of the 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season. Ward Burton of Bill Davis Racing won the race.

Who won the 1970 National 500? ›

The race was held on a dry circuit; with no precipitation recorded around the speedway. LeeRoy Yarbrough would defeat Bobby Allison under the yellow flag. This would become Yarbrough's final win in the NASCAR Cup Series.

How much are tickets to the Southern 500? ›

The cost of Southern 500 tickets mostly depends on where you decide to sit within the raceway. On average, tickets to the races can fall into the price range of $35-$200. Grandstand tickets are typically less expensive than tickets for tower seating. Tickets often increase during the week of the races as well.

Who won the 1988 Checker 500? ›

Bobby Hillin, Jr.

How many laps is the Southern 500 at Darlington? ›

Contested over 367 laps on the 1.366-mile (2.198 km) egg-shaped oval, it was the 27th race of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season, the first race of the 2022 NASCAR playoff, and the first race of the Round of 16.

Who won the first 500? ›

As of the 2022 event, there have been 74 race winners in the 106 editions of the Indianapolis 500. The first winner of the Indianapolis 500 was American racer Ray Harroun in 1911. The most recent winner of the Indianapolis 500 is Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson in the 2022 edition.

Who was the winner of the first driver champion in 1950? ›

Farina won the first ever Formula One championship race, the 1950 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, and triumphed again in Switzerland and Italy.

Who was the first winner of the Indianapolis 500? ›

A distance of 500 miles was settled upon, and Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911 in six hours, 42 minutes and eight seconds.

How many miles is the Southern 500 race? ›

How many miles is the Cook Out Southern 500? The Cook Out Southern 500 is 500 miles, equating to 804.67 kilometres.

Who won the pole for the 500? ›

Scott Dixon wins pole for Indianapolis 500 as Jimmie Johnson will start 12th.

Who won the NASCAR race at Darlington today? ›

Watch as Erik Jones holds off Denny Hamlin to win at Darlington taking Richard Petty and the Petty GMS Motorsports' No. 43 to Victory Lane.

Why is the year 1972 significant NASCAR? ›

This season is considered to be the first of NASCAR's "modern era". The number of races was reduced from 48 to 31, all dirt tracks were removed from the schedule, and a minimum race distance of 250 miles (402 km) was established for oval tracks.

How many laps is Darlington Speedway? ›

The 367-lap race (6 p.m., ET) will be televised by the USA Network.

Who won the NASCAR championship in 1972? ›

The 1972 NASCAR season ended with Richard Petty hoisting his fourth of a record seven premier series trophies. The title was Petty's second consecutive championship to go along with those he won previously in 1964 and '67. During the '72 campaign, Petty won eight races, with 25 top fives and 28 top 10s.

Where is the best place to live in Darlington? ›

"West End and Mowden are unquestionably the most popular areas. House prices in the West End are up 9.3% and it's obviously one of the most desirable place to live," said Tony, managing partner at Anthony Jones Properties.

What drivers do well at Darlington? ›

Darlington Raceway has the nickname, "Too Tough To Tame." For Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr., the track in South Carolina has been anything but that. The trio of drivers own the last five NASCAR Cup Series victories at Darlington, and they all have multiple victories on the track.

Why is it called Darlington? ›

The name Darlington derives from the Anglo-Saxon Dearthington, which seemingly meant 'the settlement of Deornoth's people', but by Norman times the name had changed to Derlinton. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the town was usually known by the name of Darnton.

What is the fastest 500 mile race? ›

Because of CART's discrepancy in listing the track at 2.029 miles for a 507.25 mile race, they listed the average speed at 197.995 MPH. Regardless, it was the record for the fastest 500 mile race ever contested until it was broken at the 2014 Pocono IndyCar 500 (2:28:13).
249-250Jimmy Vasser
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How many minutes does it take to complete a 500 mile race? ›

The race car travelling at an average speed of 125 mph will take 4 hours 4 h o u r s to finish the 500-mile race.

What is the longest track in NASCAR? ›

What is the biggest NASCAR track? The biggest NASCAR oval is Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. It measures at 2.66 miles. For all NASCAR tracks, Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, is the longest.

Is Darlington a good track? ›

Darlington Raceway, the Lady in Black. This track is so unique and so challenging that it pulls in at number two on the list. Darlington Raceway is one of NASCAR's historic venues and even after being on the circuit year after year, it still hasn't gotten any easier—and it isn't going to.

How long is a lap at Darlington? ›

The reconfigured circuit was remeasured under a new system, which took the track length from the banking rather than the apron, leading to a new official lap length of 1.366 miles.

Can you take a cooler into Darlington Raceway? ›

All coolers and bags are subject to inspection at any time. Tickets obtained from sources other than Darlington Raceway and its affiliates may be lost, stolen, or counterfeit and in such cases will not be honored.

Who won the 500 mile race today? ›

Marcus Ericsson holds off Pato O'Ward to win Indy 500

O'Ward finished second, with Tony Kanaan third.

Who won NASCAR pole today? ›

Joey Logano wins the pole for Sunday's Cup Series championship race at Phoenix. Your browser does not support the audio element. Give the early advantage to Joey Logano for the 2022 Cup Series championship.

Who won the 500 Sunday? ›

Austin Cindric won the Daytona 500 on Sunday, surviving a crash-filled ending and holding the lead throughout the two-lap overtime to take the checkered flag in just his eighth Cup Series start.

Who won the Food City 500 today? ›

CHECKERED FLAG: KYLE BUSCH WINS IN A WILD FINISH AT BRISTOL!!!! In a wild finish, Busch snuck past for the win after leaders Tyler Reddick and Chase Briscoe spun out. It was the Cup Series' 12th race held on Easter (first since 1989) and NASCAR's second time on a dirt track.

Why do they drink milk after the Indy 500? ›

The tradition started in 1936 when Louis Meyer drank buttermilk in Victory Lane because his mother said it would refresh him on a hot day, according to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A dairy industry executive saw a marketing opportunity and milk has been part of every race since 1956.

How fast do Indy 500 cars go? ›

IndyCars hit some of the highest top speeds in motorsport, getting up to 380km/h at the end of some straights. While this is more than is ever achieved in F1, IndyCars tend to take a little bit longer to get up to these kinds of speeds.

Who has the most poles in NASCAR history? ›

Pole Winners by Season Pages 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
1Petty, Richard123
2Pearson, David113
3Gordon, Jeff81
4Yarborough, Cale69
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Do NASCAR drivers get points for winning the pole? ›

There are no bonus points for leading a lap or leading the most laps. The top-10 finishers of the first two stages awarded additional championship points, awarding points 10-to-1 to the top-10 drivers at the end of each of the first two segments.

What does poles mean in NASCAR? ›

The pole position is the most venerated starting position in motor sports. The pole position is most often awarded to the driver with the fastest qualifying time and rewards the driver with explicit and implicit advantages. However, the value of the pole position varies across different types of racing.

How much do you get for winning the 500? ›

Indy 500 payout breakdown 2021
1.Helio Castroneves$1,828,305
2.Alex Palou$649,305
3.Simon Pagenaud$403,305
4.Pato O'Ward$343,405
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How many hours does It take to complete Daytona 500? ›

As the name suggests, the Daytona 500 is 500 miles long (200 laps total). The race takes around 3 1/2 hours to complete.

How long does it take to do a lap at Daytona 500? ›

How long is one lap at Daytona. The track at Daytona Motor Speedway, home to the Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero Sugar 400, is 2.5 miles long. At racing speeds, it takes a NASCAR driver around 45 seconds to complete one lap at Daytona.

Is the 500 race televised? ›

Highlights of NBC Sports' 2023 INDYCAR schedule on NBC include: 107th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 28, on NBC and Peacock; Broadcast network NBC airing seven consecutive races to open the 2023 season, beginning with the Grand Prix of St.

Who won the Nascar 500 last night? ›

Rookie Austin Cindric gets first NASCAR Cup Series win in thrilling 2022 Daytona 500. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.

Is the 500 being televised? ›

What network is airing the 2022 Indy 500? NBC will begin pre-race coverage at 11 a.m., and the broadcast will run through 4 p.m. It will be aired simultaneously on Universo and the Peacock streaming service (which will also host a post-race show for premium subscribers).


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