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Johnson’s win at Darlington gives Hendrick racing team its 200th victory


Jimmie Johnson's #48 Lowe's Chevrolet (photo by Getty Images, courtesy of

Jimmie Johnson broke loose on a restart three laps from the ending of the Southern 500 and held over the weekend to give Hendrick Motorsports its 200th Sprint Cup win.

Johnson, whom you can never count out of a race, seemed like he would come up short on low fuel and worn tires and with Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch right on his heels and he was chasing Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman spun out with six laps left to go at Darlington Raceway.

Once the green flag was dropped, Johnson took off from Stewart and cruised to his first win since Kansas last October, breaking a 16-race winless drought for the five-time NASCAR champion and the Rick Hendrick racing team.

It was Johnson’s third win at the South Carolina track, but the first since he swept the 2004 events, the last season Darlington had two cup races.

Denny Hamlin finished second, followed by Stewart, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished 17 and his Sprint Cup winless streak goes to 140 laps.


Info compiled from NASCAR Sprint Cup, Radio & TV news

Logano racks up third Nationwide win; edges Hamlin at Darlington Raceway


Joey Logano's #20 NASCAR ( photo)

Joey Logano wrecked race leader Elliott Sadler five laps from the finish, then broke away during a green-white-checkered flag finish at Darlington Raceway last Friday night for his second straight Nationwide Series win.

Denny Hamlin finished second, Brad Keselowki was third, Sam Hornish Jr. finished fourth and Austin Dillon fifth.

Danica Patrick finished a solid 12th.

Logano was running third after the fifth caution period tightened the race near the final laps. Logano bumped Sadler at the restart, turning the leader’s car into the wall. Logano then shot past Denny Hamlin, his teammate from Joe Gibbs Racing and held on for his third series win of 2012.


Info compiled from NASCAR Nationwide Series, Radio & TV news

NASCAR RACE #11 PREVIEW: Darlington Raceway, tonight at 6:30 pm on FOX-TV


Darlington Raceway (file photo)

The 11th race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season is the Southern 500 from Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. The track is known for its egg-shaped design.

The night race starts at 6:30 p.m. on FOX.

The 500-mile race on a 1.366 length track, will actually be 501.3 miles over 367 laps.

Seating capacity is 63,000.

Built in 1950, Darlington was the first paved speedway to host NASCAR events, has become known to fans and drivers as the “Track Too tough to Tame” and the “Lady in Black”.

This is a race where all drivers usually end up with a few scrapes to the right side of their cars because of the tight corners on Turns 3 and 4.


Regan Smith earned himself and Furniture Row Racing the first NASCAR win their history. Smith and his team gambled on worn tires, and that key strategy proved very effective in beating out Carl Edwards.

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Regan Smith wins first Sprint Cup race at Darlington


Regan Smith (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images of

Regan Smith took control of the race on a caution nine laps from the end and survived a green-white-checker finish to take home the Southern 500 for his first Sprint Cup victory at Darlington.

Smith held off Carl Edwards the final two laps at Darlington Raceway in a race that went into an overtime finish.

Brad Keselowski finished third, pole-sitter Kasey Kahne was fourth and Ryan Newman fifth.


Info courtesy of NASCAR news

NASCAR Race#10: Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway


Darlington Raceway (file photo)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule moves into the South Carolina, city of Darlington for the Showtime Southern 500 race tonight at 7:30 p.m. on FOX-TV.

Darlington Raceway is known as “The Lady in Black” and “The track too tough to tame.”

The 500-mile race will consist of 367 laps on the 1.366 mile track. There will be 60,000 to 75,000 fans in attendance.

The first paved speedway to host NASCAR events, Darlington was built in 1950 and has become known as the toughest track on the circuit. Few drivers avoid leaving a race without a dent, scrape or scratches on their cars, which is due to the tight corners on turns 3 and 4.

Darlington has a unique egg shape is due as the result of a fish story. To be able to buy land for the track, developer Harold Brasington had to assure landowner Sherman Ramsey that a small minnow pond outside of what is now Turn 4 would not be disturbed or destroyed. To save the pond, which is known as Ramsey’s Pond, they had to build the west turns a little tighter than the other end.

Recapping the 2010 Showtime Southern 500, Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon led 214 of the 367 laps. Hamlin, who won the Nationwide Series race the day before, led 104 laps, grabbed the lead from Jeff Burton with 24 laps remaining in the race and held him off to complete a weekend sweep. Kurt Busch finished third, and Gordon was fourth.

For more information on Darlington Raceway, given them a call at 866-459-7223 of on the web at



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