Posts tagged: Darlington

May 11 2011

Regan Smith Wins the Southern 500

Regan Smith wins his first race at the track too tough to tame. It was a wild finish, but Regan Smith finally gets his first win, even though his crossed the finish line first once before…

The driver whose apparent victory at Talladega Superspeedway in 2008 was nullified because NASCAR judged he crossed below the yellow line to advance his position, whose strong run in this year’s Daytona 500 was scuttled by a crash late in the event, who has the best qualifying average but perhaps the worst racing luck of any competitor on the sport’s premier series, survived a wall-banging final two laps to record a long-awaited win at a track where typically only current or future legends reach Victory Lane.

“I can’t believe it, you guys,” Smith said over the radio. “This is the Southern 500. We’re not supposed to win this thing.” Source: At Darlington, Smith finally finds his breakthrough

The most interesting part of the race was the end, with the little incidents on the track and pit road between Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, for which I’m sure both will suffer penalties.

Here is how they finished:
1 78 Regan Smith
2 99 Carl Edwards
3 2 Brad Keselowski
4 4 Kasey Kahne
5 39 Ryan Newman
6 11 Denny Hamlin
7 14 Tony Stewart
8 16 Greg Biffle
9 1 Jamie McMurray
10 56 Martin Truex Jr.
11 18 Kyle Busch
12 24 Jeff Gordon
13 9 Marcos Ambrose
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
15 48 Jimmie Johnson
16 00 David Reutimann
17 29 Kevin Harvick
18 47 Bobby Labonte
19 5 Mark Martin
20 43 A.J. Allmendinger
21 6 David Ragan
22 27 Paul Menard
23 42 Juan Montoya
24 36 Dave Blaney
25 17 Matt Kenseth
26 38 Travis Kvapil
27 22 Kurt Busch
28 32 Ken Schrader
29 09 Landon Cassill
30 13 Casey Mears
31 33 Clint Bowyer
32 34 David Gilliland
33 31 Jeff Burton
34 83 Brian Vickers
35 20 Joey Logano
36 37 Tony Raines
37 7 Robby Gordon
38 150 T.J. Bell
39 46 J.J. Yeley
40 60 Mike Skinner
41 30 David Stremme
42 87 Joe Nemechek
43 66 Michael McDowell

May 17 2009

Lack of Cautions at Darlington

Sorry for the late postings, little league has been keeping me busy.

Was it just me and my friends who watched the Darlington race that thought that Nascar was throwing the caution flags a lot differently than normal? How many times did we see a car hit the wall, that at any other race would’ve immediately called for the caution flag, and keep on going without Nascar throwing the flag? The only reason they wound up throwing so many was because of debris or the cars that hit the wall were wrecking of had tires coming apart.

It was obvious to us that they definitely were calling the race differently and I believe the announcers and even some of the drivers were wondering what was going on. If Nascar is going to have different rules for different tracks, they should probably let everyone know before hand, I know I would appreciate it. I will try to find some videos and post them below when I do.

May 14 2007

Darlington Raceway Videos

Have just finished uploading some Nascar videos from Darlington, most of these are from this years race, I did notice a bunch of videos from past years that were not posted yet, so I may be adding some of those later on this week.

May 13 2007

Jeff Gordon Wins 7th at Darlington, 3rd of the Year

Gordon wins 7th in Darlington
Another great race with the [tag]COT[/tag] car, even if I am a little biased there, Jeff won his 7th race at Darlington and 3rd so far this year, and he extended his points lead to 203 over Jimmie Johnson. Denny Hamlin was coming fast at the end but he ran out of time, he had been up front until a bad pit stop, and he wasn’t too happy that they didn’t throw a caution at the end because of debri.

“We gave away another one to Hendrick Motorsports,” Hamlin said. “It’s a shame. This has got to end. We have to win a race sooner or later. Everybody will talk about how Hendrick won another race, but this was our race.”

Hamlin was also critical of NASCAR for not calling a caution for obvious debris in the closing laps. Had the yellow flag waved, Hamlin was confident he would have beaten Gordon.

“Somebody’s entire fender and underbody was on the racetrack,” Hamlin said. “I literally pumped my fist in the car ’cause I knew a caution was going to come out. And of course, if caution comes out, it’s game over. Instead, Hendrick gets another break.” Source: Gordon remains hot, wins another race at Darlington

Jeff Gordon was also surprised they didn’t call a caution at the end, but was surprised that they did the previous caution, and again a driver mentions Nascar not being consistent.

“There absolutely should have been a caution there at the end — but there shouldn’t have been one before it,” Gordon said. “There at the end — debris, oil, everything you can imagine — was on that racetrack and that comes back to the inconsistency. I am glad they didn’t throw it at the end, but I didn’t understand why they threw it earlier.

Gordon never felt confident that his engine would go the distance. He got terrific jumps on every restart, needing the air to cool down his motor, and said he didn’t pit with his teammate because he worried the engine would overheat during the stop.

Near the end, Johnson and some other front runners pitted with about 20 laps to go, Gordon and Newman did not, and it paid off for them. Johnson said new tires always pass of there and would probably do it again the next time. He was coming fast, had he not been held up for awhile, he could’ve made it back the front as well. Here is how the finished:

1 24 Jeff Gordon
2 11 Denny Hamlin
3 48 Jimmie Johnson
4 12 Ryan Newman
5 99 Carl Edwards
6 20 Tony Stewart
7 17 Matt Kenseth
8 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
9 07 Clint Bowyer
10 31 Jeff Burton
11 1 Martin Truex Jr.
12 2 Kurt Busch
13 14 Sterling Marlin
14 01 Mark Martin
15 16 Greg Biffle
16 26 Jamie McMurray
17 29 Kevin Harvick
18 18 J.J. Yeley
19 43 Bobby Labonte
20 9 Kasey Kahne
21 19 Elliott Sadler
22 66 Jeff Green
23 42 Juan Montoya
24 78 Kenny Wallace
25 45 Kyle Petty
26 88 Ricky Rudd
27 6 David Ragan
28 13 Joe Nemechek
29 70 Johnny Sauter
30 38 David Gilliland
31 15 Paul Menard
32 22 Dave Blaney
33 00 David Reutimann
34 40 David Stremme
35 25 Casey Mears
36 84 A.J. Allmendinger
37 5 Kyle Busch
38 7 Robby Gordon
39 96 Tony Raines
40 41 Reed Sorenson
41 21 Ken Schrader
42 37 Kevin Lepage
43 83 Brian Vickers

And here are the top ten in points after Darlington Speedway:

1 — Jeff Gordon 1881 Leader
2 — Jimmie Johnson 1650
3 — Matt Kenseth 1582
4 — Denny Hamlin 1539
5 — Jeff Burton 1486
6 +1 Tony Stewart 1375
7 +2 Kurt Busch 1325
8 — Kevin Harvick 1315
9 +1 Clint Bowyer 1302
10 +1 Carl Edwards 1291

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