Darlington Raceway Tag

By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor The times they are a-changin’. On Tuesday afternoon, NASCAR made the 2019 rules package for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series official, laying out specific aerodynamic and engine configuration changes geared toward improving the competition on tracks of all shapes and sizes. Building off the package that was used in the All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway earlier this season and in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the basic package will be split into two groups depending on track size, with specific features for each. Every raceRead More
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By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s exactly the kind of unmistakable momentum you want with one race remaining before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs begin. And so in that sense, perhaps the timing of Brad Keselowski’s first win of the season Sunday night at Darlington Raceway makes up for the near-misses he’s had earlier in the year. What a positive statement it was for Keselowski, who swept the weekend’s races at the historic track – hoisting not only the Cup trophy on SundayRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service DARLINGTON, S.C. – By a matter of inches, Brad Keselowski won the race off pit road under the final caution in Sunday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. That narrow margin was all the driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford needed to secure a stunning victory in one of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ marquee races. On the flip side, Keselowski’s first victory of the season left Kyle Larson bitterly disappointed. Larson led 284 of the 367 laps in additionRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor Throughout the first two stages of the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington, Kyle Larson looked to be untouchable, but the waning laps went exactly the opposite way the No. 42 team expected and he would have to settle for a third-place finish instead. For 284 laps, Larson’s Chevrolet led the way, but within the last 60 laps of the race, the yellow flag flew three times, erasing his advantage each and every time. When the final caution came out with 24 laps left, it came downRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor To say that Jimmie Johnson has had a rough go of things in 2018 would be an understatement and Sunday’s race at Darlington only added insult to injury as a mechanical failure resulted in a 39th place finish. Johnson, who sits 15th in points, just ahead of his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman, needed an issue-free race to be able to aid his chances of making it into the Playoffs, but he got anything but that in the Southern 500. From the start of the weekend,Read More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer  Despite multiple obstacles, Jamie McMurray still finished inside the Top-10 in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver made up ground on the final two drivers still not locked into the Playoffs. McMurray was inside the Top-10 in his No. 1 McDonald’s 50 Years of Mac Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at different points of the race. That appeared to come to an end on lap 261, when the Chip Ganassi Racing driver nearly missed pit road. A commitment lineRead More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer  In recent weeks, Cole Custer has been one of the most consistent drivers in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200 was more of the same for Custer as he earned another Top-10 finish at Darlington Raceway. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver took advantage of the misfortune of others throughout the race. Custer jumped into the top-three in his No. 00 Haas Automation Throwback Ford Mustang after an incident took out the leading cars of his teammate Kevin Harvick, and Ross Chastain. However,Read More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer A golden opportunity for Ross Chastain ended deep in the field after contact with Kevin Harvick. The fourth-year NASCAR Xfinity Series driver dominated the first half of the Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway in the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro SS. “This opportunity is once in a lifetime,” Chastain admitted. “It’s been incredible the last two weeks to get up to speed with CGR, to try to use all of the pieces of their puzzle to go fast in theirRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service DARLINGTON, S.C. – Brad Keselowski took the lead in Saturday’s Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway when the two cars in front of him tangled off Turn 2. That was all the driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford needed to collect his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory at the Track Too Tough to Tame. From a restart on Lap 91, Keselowski chased pole winner and race leader Ross Chastain, who won the first and second stages in his maiden runRead More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service DARLINGTON, S.C. – Denny Hamlin started his Bojangles’ Southern 500 title defense in the best possible way, grabbing the pole position in the final round of Saturday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knockout qualifying at Darlington Raceway. Hustling his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota around the 1.366-mile track in 28.332 seconds (173.571 mph) in the money round, Hamlin edged Kyle Larson (173.411 mph) by .026 seconds to claim the top starting spot for Sunday’s race (6 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXMRead More