Darlington Raceway

Sunday February 14, 2016
  • Rookie Chase Elliott on winning Daytona 500 pole
  • Hear from Chase Elliott after he grabbed the pole for the 2016 Daytona 500.

  • Rookie Chase Elliott becomes youngest on Daytona 500 pole
  • DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Chase Elliott kept the No. 24 Chevrolet on the pole for the second straight Daytona 500, becoming the youngest driver to start first in the race.

  • NASCAR disallows qualifying times for Harvick, Vickers
  • DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) NASCAR has disallowed Daytona 500 qualifying runs by Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and Brian Vickers.

  • CUP: Chase Elliot Wins Pole Position - 2016 Daytona 500
  • NASCAR: Chase Elliott beats out Matt Kenseth to become the youngest Daytona 500 pole winner in series history.

  • Chase Elliott becomes youngest Daytona 500 pole winner
  • Check out who's on the front row for the Daytona 500 after qualifying Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.

  • Ryan Blaney, Matt DiBenedetto fast enough to qualify for 500
  • After all the earlier chatter about Wood Brothers Racing failing to receive an ownership Charter, Ryan Blaney secures a spot in Daytona 500 for the team with a fast No. 21 Ford.

  • Truex Jr. not allowed to make Daytona 500 qualifying run
  • Martin Truex Jr.'s spot in the Daytona 500 is guaranteed and where it is will be determined by his finish in Thursday's Can-Am Duel. But he was not permitted to make a qualifying run with the rest of the Sprint Cup cars on Sunday at Daytona.

  • Danica Patrick, others in NASCAR embrace Valentine's Day in Daytona
  • Sure, Daytona 500 qualifying is big. But let's not forget that it's also Valentine's Day. Danica Patrick and others in NASCAR certainly didn't.

  • Quick primer for today's unique Daytona 500 qualifying
  • Qualifying for the Daytona 500 is unlike qualifying for any other NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, and it's live on FOX today at 1 p.m. ET. Here is all you need to know about it.

  • The 4 biggest surprises of the Sprint Unlimited
  • In a wild Saturday night of racing at Daytona Interntional Speedway, there was no shortage of surprises in the Sprint Unlimited. Here are four of them.

    Darlington Raceway

    Darlington Raceway Darlington Raceway the Track Too Tough to Tame, the Lady in Black, are all nicknames for this storied track. Darlington is also known as the granddaddy of stockcar racing. Darlington Raceway's unique egg-shaped design was not in the original plans that Harold Brasington drew up. Brasington wanted to create a true 1.25 mile oval but the minnow pond that is adjacent to turns 3 & 4 made that design impossible. The track was narrowed to accommodate the pond and has created some of the best racing that NASCAR has ever had. The track's shape makes it almost impossible for crews to set up cars that handle effectively at both ends of the track.

    Track Info

    Track Address: 1301 Harry Byrd Highway
    Darlington, SC. 29532
    (866) 459-RACE
    Offical Web Site:
    Track Shape: Oval
    Track Length: 1.36 miles
    Front Stretch Length: 1,229 feet
    Back Stretch Length: 1,229 feet
    Banking: 25° Turns 1 & 2
    23° Turns 3 & 4
    6° Frontstretch
    6° Backstretch
    Seating Capacity: 63,000
    First Winner: Johnny Mantz (1950)
    Most Wins: David Pearson (10)
    Lap Record: Kasey Kahne 181.25 mph (27.131 sec)

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