Darlington Raceway

Saturday April 18, 2015
  • RCR final appeal means Lambert, others might return for Bristol
  • Just when it appeared crew chief Luke Lambert was sidelined for this Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Richard Chidlress Racing made an appeal to the Final Appeals Officer in an effort to get the crew chief's six-race suspension shortened or lifted altogether. Lamber and other RCR employees suspended might be able to work the Bristol race after all.

  • Matt Kenseth wins pole at Bristol Motor Speedway
  • BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Matt Kenseth will try for his first win since 2013 when he starts from the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway.

  • Starting lineup for Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes
  • The complete starting lineup for Sunday's Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes at Bristol Motor Speedway.

  • Matt Kenseth claims the pole for Sprint Cup race at Bristol
  • Matt Kenseth is fastest in qualifying for the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer, which will be run Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver will start on the front row alongside Team Penske's Brad Keselowski, who qualified second.

  • RCR takes Newman penalties to final appeals officer
  • BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Richard Childress Racing appealed NASCAR's penalties against Ryan Newman's team to the highest level on Friday, and crew chief Luke Lambert was eligible to return to work at Bristol Motor Speedway.

  • Goodyear elects to bring new tire compound to upcoming races
  • After extensive tire tests at Richmond International Raceway and Kentucky Speedway, Goodyear elects to bring a new tire compound to future Sprint Cup races at both venues.

  • Lots of love for Steve Byrnes at Bristol Motor Speedway
  • There's lots of love for our friend and colleague Steve Byrnes at Bristol Motor Speedway. See how teams and the track are honoring the NASCAR Race Hub host. 

  • Todd Parrott tapped to sub for Lambert as Newman's crew chief if needed
  • Todd Parrott is the next man up on top of the pit box for driver Ryan Newman's No. 31 Richard Childress Racing team. The veteran will serve in that role while Luke Lambert, the team's usual crew chief, serves a six-race suspension for allegedly tampering with tires.

  • Ross Kenseth to make NASCAR debut with help from his dad
  • BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Ross Kenseth will make his national series debut at Chicagoland Speedway, where he will drive for the same team, same sponsor and with the same car number used by his championship-winning father at NASCAR's highest level.

  • See how drivers and teams are honoring Steve Byrnes in Bristol
  • Drivers and teams are honoring NASCAR Race Hub's Steve Byrnes at Bristol Motor Speedway.

    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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