Bojangles' Southern 500

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Bojangles' Southern 500
Bojangles' Southern 500 logo.jpg
Venue Darlington Raceway
Sponsor Bojangles'
First race 1952 (Grand National)
1957 (NASCAR Convertible)
1963 (Sprint Cup)
Distance 501.322 miles (806.799 km)
Laps 367
Previous names Unknown (1952)
Rebel 300 (1957-1965)
Rebel 400 (1966-1972)
Rebel 500 (1973, 1975-1978)
Rebel 450 (1974)
CRC Chemicals Rebel 500 (1979-1982)
TranSouth 500 (1983-1993)
TranSouth Financial 400 (1994-1999)
Mall.com 400 (2000)
Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 (2001-2004)
Dodge Charger 500 (2005-2006)
Dodge Avenger 500 (2007)
Dodge Challenger 500 (2008)
Southern 500 presented by GoDaddy.com (2009)
Showtime Southern 500 (2010-2011)

The Bojangles' Southern 500 is the annual spring NASCAR Sprint Cup race held at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina, USA. A 100-mile (160 km) race was held in May at the track in 1952, however the event did not become a regular one on the NASCAR schedule until 1957, as a 300 miles (480 km) race in the Convertible Division, known as the Rebel 300. In 1966, the race was expanded to 400 miles (640 km), and in 1973 to 500 miles (800 km). In 1994, the race was returned to 400 miles. In 2005, as part of the settlement of the Ferko lawsuit and as part of a schedule realignment, the race would be held on Mothers Day weekend, and raised it back to 500 miles.

Without a title sponsor for 2009, the race tentatively adopted the moniker of Southern 500, the traditional name of the fall race run from 1950–2004 on Labor Day weekend. A one-year deal with Go Daddy was signed. Some fans[who?] referred to the race exclusively as the GoDaddy.com 500 out of respect to what fans called the "real" Southern 500, a fall-race showdown. In 2010, Showtime Networks signed a multi-year deal to sponsor the race, giving it the name Showtime Southern 500. In 2012, Bojangles', a Charlotte, North Carolina-based quick-service restaurant, took over sponsorship of the race. In 2014, the race switched dates with the spring Kansas race, and now runs in the second weekend in April.[1]

Kevin Harvick is the defending winner of the race, after winning it in 2014.

Memorable moments[edit]

  • 1960: Johnny Allen goes up the race track and tears open the guardrail and then driving on the dirt banking on the outside of the track into a press grandstand. No one was seriously injured.
  • 1970: Richard Petty hit the outside wall hard and then the inside wall even harder, causing his car to flip. The rag Petty would put in his mouth came out, and was mistaken by ABC as a gruesome death. Petty was seriously injured, but survived. During the roll, Petty's head hit the track surface several times, causing NASCAR to mandate the use of the Petty-developed door nets. These remain in use today.
  • 1979: In a race that was seen on ABC's Wide World of Sports, Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty hooked horns in a memorable duel. The lead changed four times between them on Lap 365 and three times on the final lap; Waltrip prevailed over Petty when he cleared Petty in Turn Three and Donnie Allison tried to shoot the gap, instead getting hung alongside Petty. During the race, David Pearson made a pit stop, and thought the Wood brothers were going to change only two tires. With the lug nuts loosened all the way around, Pearson sped out of the pits after two tires had been replaced. The loose inside wheels flew off near the pit road, ending Pearson's day. A week later, Pearson and the Wood Brothers split, despite scoring 43 wins from 1972 to 1978 with the Virginia-based team.
  • 1980: David Pearson was now driving for Hoss Ellington Racing's #1 car, replacing Donnie Allison for the 1980 season. Despite the fact that the race was plagued by constant rain, and incoming darkness (the track did not have lights installed until the 2004 Southern 500, which finished after darkness), Pearson dominated the race and won after the race was called five laps after it was an official race with 189 complete. However, this would be Pearson's 105th and final Cup Win, and his 10th at Darlington in his storied career.
  • 1982: Dale Earnhardt, driving Bud Moore's #15 Ford, grabbed the first of nine Darlington wins when he led 181 laps but had to hold off a last-lap challenge from Cale Yarborough. Tim Richmond finished a lap down in fifth after a NASCAR penalty on pit road; Richmond was making his debut in Jim Stacy's #2.
  • 1984 Darrell Waltrip led 251 laps as crashes galore thinned out the field. The crashing began when pole-sitter Benny Parsons hit the second-turn wall on the first lap; later there were back-to-back four-car crashes, and halfway through the race a multicar melee erupted involving Rusty Wallace, Dick Brooks, and D.K. Ulrich where Ulrich climbed another car; some 28 of 38 entries were involved in crashes.
  • 1987: Bill Elliott ran out of fuel on the final lap, and coasted out of turn 4, allowing Dale Earnhardt to sweep by and take the victory.
  • 1988: Lake Speed escaped a multicar wreck in the opening laps and breezed to one of the sport's most dramatic upset wins. It was his only Sprint Cup win.
  • 1990: Dale Earnhardt took the win, but the story of the race was a massive accident between Ernie Irvan and Ken Schrader; Irvan was ten laps down yet racing nose-to-nose with Schrader as if for the lead, and lost control in Four; several cars collided in the ensuring melee and Sterling Marlin spun off the wall and hammered Neil Bonnett; Bonnett suffered severe memory loss and was lost for three seasons as a driver.
  • 2003: Before a national television audience, Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch fought a memorable duel that came down to the final turn, when Craven edged out Busch by 0.002 seconds (about 1-2 inches) in the joint closest finish in NASCAR history since NASCAR started using electronic transponders to determine scoring (along with the Aaron's 499 at Talledega in Spring 2011 where Jimmie Johnson edged out Clint Bowyer at the flag). The finish is thought to have saved the track from being eliminated from the Cup Series schedule. NASCAR did after the season move the prestigious Southern 500 from second before the new end of regular season cutoff to second from the end of the new playoff, but that race was eliminated a year later by litigation that many fans still despise to this day.
  • 2011: Regan Smith stayed out on a late caution when the rest of the field pitted and sweated out a late crash involving Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch to edge Carl Edwards for his first NASCAR win. The win was overshadowed as Harvick and Busch collided on pit road when Harvick tried to throw a punch at Busch inside his cockpit; NASCAR fined the two drivers and put them on probation after the race. Smith was the first driver since Speed to win his first race in the Rebel 500.
  • 2012: Jimmie Johnson stayed out during the final round of pit stops on the advice of crew chief Chad Knaus. Johnson would later hold off Denny Hamlin and Tony Stewart to score his second Rebel (the first in 2004, when he swept the season), and team owner Rick Hendrick's 200th Sprint Cup victory.
  • 2013: Matt Kenseth passed his teammate Kyle Busch with 13 laps remaining. Busch's car started slowing down and finished 6th. After the race, it was discovered that Busch had a cut right rear tire and finished with 12 pounds of air in his tire.

Past winners[edit]

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race distance Race time Average speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
1952 May 10 Dick Rathmann Walt Chapman Hudson 80 100 (160.934) 1:11:35 83.318 Report
1953

1956
Not held
1957 May 12* Fireball Roberts Pete DePaolo Ford 219 301.125 (484.613) 2:47:23 107.941 Report
1958 May 10 Curtis Turner Holman-Moody Ford 219 301.125 (484.613) 2:44:08 109.624 Report
1959 May 9 Fireball Roberts Frank Strickland Chevrolet 219 301.125 (484.613) 2:36:00 115.817 Report
1960 May 14 Joe Weatherly Holman-Moody Ford 219 301.125 (484.613) 2:56:01 102.64 Report
1961 May 6 Fred Lorenzen Holman-Moody Ford 219 301.125 (484.613) 2:31:10 119.52 Report
1962 May 12 Nelson Stacy Holman-Moody Ford 219 301.125 (484.613) 2:33:17 117.429 Report
1963 May 11 Joe Weatherly Bud Moore Engineering Ford 2 x 110 2 X 151.25 (243.413) Race 1 1st Race 2 2nd Report
1964 May 9 Fred Lorenzen Holman-Moody Ford 219 301.125 (484.613) 2:18:51 130.013 Report
1965 May 8 Junior Johnson Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 219 301.125 (484.613) 2:41:32 111.849 Report
1966 April 30 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Plymouth 291 400.125 (643.938) 3:01:53 131.993 Report
1967 May 13 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Plymouth 291 400.125 (643.938) 3:10:56 125.738 Report
1968 May 11 David Pearson Holman-Moody Ford 291 400.125 (643.938) 3:00:54 132.699 Report
1969 May 10 LeeRoy Yarbrough Junior Johnson & Associates Mercury 291 400.125 (643.938) 3:02:28 131.572 Report
1970 May 9 David Pearson Holman-Moody Ford 291 400.125 (643.938) 3:05:07 129.688 Report
1971 May 2 Buddy Baker Petty Enterprises Dodge 293 400.238 (644.12) 3:03:46 130.678 Report
1972 April 16 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 293 400.238 (644.12) 3:13:00 124.406 Report
1973 April 15 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 367 501.322 (806.799) 4:04:14 122.655 Report
1974 April 7 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 330 450.78 (725.460) 3:50:06 117.543 Report
1975 April 13 Bobby Allison Penske Racing AMC 367 501.322 (806.799) 4:15:41 117.597 Report
1976 April 11 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 367 501.322 (806.799) 4:04:36 122.973 Report
1977 April 3 Darrell Waltrip DiGard Motorsports Chevrolet 367 501.322 (806.799) 3:53:18 128.817 Report
1978 April 9 Benny Parsons L.G. DeWitt Chevrolet 367 501.322 (806.799) 3:55:50 127.544 Report
1979 April 8 Darrell Waltrip DiGard Motorsports Chevrolet 367 501.322 (806.799) 4:06:59 121.721 Report
1980 April 13 David Pearson Ellington Racing Chevrolet 189* 258.174 (415.49) 2:23:49 112.397 Report
1981 April 12 Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson & Associates Buick 367 501.322 (806.799) 3:57:24 126.703 Report
1982 April 4 Dale Earnhardt Bud Moore Engineering Ford 367 501.322 (806.799) 4:03:27 123.554 Report
1983 April 10 Harry Gant Hal Needham Buick 367 501.322 (806.799) 3:50:05 130.406 Report
1984 April 15 Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet 367 501.322 (806.799) 4:18:16 119.925 Report
1985 April 14 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 367 501.322 (806.799) 3:58:08 126.295 Report
1986 April 13 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 367 501.322 (806.799) 3:53:11 128.994 Report
1987 March 29 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 367 501.322 (806.799) 4:05:28 122.54 Report
1988 March 27 Lake Speed Lake Speed Oldsmobile 367 501.322 (806.799) 3:49:07 131.284 Report
1989 April 2 Harry Gant Leo Jackson Racing Oldsmobile 367 501.322 (806.799) 4:20:29 115.475 Report
1990 April 1 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 367 501.322 (806.799) 4:02:26 124.073 Report
1991 April 7 Ricky Rudd Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 367 501.322 (806.799) 3:41:50 135.594 Report
1992 March 29 Bill Elliott Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 367 501.322 (806.799) 3:35:50 139.364 Report
1993 March 28 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 367 501.322 (806.799) 3:33:29 139.958 Report
1994 March 27 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 293 400.238 (644.12) 3:01:20 132.432 Report
1995 March 26 Sterling Marlin Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 293 400.238 (644.12) 3:35:35 111.392 Report
1996 March 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 293 400.238 (644.12) 3:12:26 124.792 Report
1997 March 23 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 293 400.238 (644.12) 3:18:12 121.162 Report
1998 March 22 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 293 400.238 (644.12) 3:07:40 127.962 Report
1999 March 21 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford 164* 224.024 (360.531) 1:50:49 121.294 Report
2000 March 19 Ward Burton Bill Davis Racing Pontiac 293 400.238 (644.12) 3:07:30 128.076 Report
2001 March 18 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 293 400.238 (644.12) 3:09:45 126.557 Report
2002 March 17 Sterling Marlin Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 293 400.238 (644.12) 3:10:29 126.07 Report
2003 March 16 Ricky Craven PPI Motorsports Pontiac 293 400.238 (644.12) 3:10:16 126.214 Report
2004 March 21 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 293 400.238 (644.12) 3:30:39 114.001 Report
2005 May 7 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford 370* 505.42 (813.394) 4:06:29 123.031 Report
2006 May 13 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford 367 501.322 (806.799) 3:42:36 135.127 Report
2007 May 13* Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 367 501.322 (806.799) 4:01:50 124.372 Report
2008 May 10 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 367 501.322 (806.799) 3:34:19 140.35 Report
2009 May 9 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 367 501.322 (806.799) 4:11:19 119.687 Report
2010 May 8 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 367 501.322 (806.799) 3:57:35 126.605 Report
2011 May 7 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 370* 505.42 (813.394) 3:53:51 129.678 Report
2012 May 12 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 368* 502.688 (808.997) 3:45:25 133.802 Report
2013 May 11 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 367 501.322 (806.799) 3:32:45 141.383 Report
2014 April 12 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 374* 510.884 (822.188) 3:53:37 131.211 Report
  • 1957 & 2007: Race postponed from Saturday to Sunday afternoon due to rain.
  • 1957-62: Race was for convertibles.
  • 1963: Two 150-mile race format similar to motocross, best average score wins. Weatherly won the first race, Richard Petty won the second race. Weatherly (1/2) won the Rebel 300 with best overall finish.[2]
  • 1980 & 1999: Race shortened due to rain.
  • 2005, 2011, 2012 & 2014: Race extended due to a Green-white-checker finish. 2014 race extended to two attempts.

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years Won
7 David Pearson 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1980
6 Dale Earnhardt 1982, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1994
4 Darrell Waltrip 1977, 1979, 1981, 1984
3 Dale Jarrett 1997, 1998, 2001
2 Fireball Roberts 1957, 1959
Joe Weatherly 1960, 1963
Fred Lorenzen 1961, 1964
Richard Petty 1966, 1967
Harry Gant 1983, 1989
Bill Elliott 1985, 1992
Sterling Marlin 1995, 2002
Greg Biffle 2005, 2006
Jeff Gordon 1996, 2007
Jimmie Johnson 2004, 2012

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
7 Holman-Moody 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1968, 1970
6 Hendrick Motorsports 1991, 1996, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012
5 Junior Johnson & Associates 1965, 1969, 1981, 1984, 1992
Richard Childress Racing 1986, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1994
4 Wood Brothers Racing 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976
3 Petty Enterprises 1966, 1967, 1971
Robert Yates Racing 1997, 1998, 2001
Roush Racing 1999, 2005, 2006
Joe Gibbs Racing 2008, 2010, 2013
2 Bud Moore Engineering 1963, 1982
DiGard Motorsports 1977, 1979

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
20 Chevrolet 1959, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014
19 Ford 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1982, 1985, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006
5 Mercury 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976
3 Toyota 2008, 2010, 2013
2 Plymouth 1966, 1967
Buick 1981, 1983
Oldsmobile 1988, 1989
Dodge 1971, 2002
Pontiac 2000, 2003
1 AMC 1975
1 Hudson 1952

Television broadcasters[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2014 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2013 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2012 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2011 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2010 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2009 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2008 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2007 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2006 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2005 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2004 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2003 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2002 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2001 Fox Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds
2000 ESPN Jerry Punch Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1999 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1998 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1997 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1996 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1995 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1994 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1993 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1992 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1991 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1990 ESPN Bob Jenkins Benny Parsons and Ned Jarrett
1989 ESPN Bob Jenkins Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons
1988 ESPN Bob Jenkins Ned Jarrett
1987 ESPN Larry Nuber Jerry Punch
1986 ESPN Bob Jenkins Larry Nuber
1985 ESPN Bob Jenkins Larry Nuber
1984 ESPN Bob Jenkins Larry Nuber
1983 ABC Keith Jackson Jackie Stewart
1982 ABC Al Michaels Jackie Stewart and Chris Economaki (pitside)
1981 ABC Al Michaels Jackie Stewart
1980 ABC Keith Jackson Jackie Stewart
1979 ABC Jim McKay Jackie Stewart and Chris Economaki (pitside)
1978 ABC Bill Flemming
1977 ABC
1976 ABC
1975 ABC Keith Jackson
1974
1973
1972 ABC Bill Flemming Donnie Allison
1971 ABC Keith Jackson Chris Economaki
1970 ABC Jim McKay Ned Jarrett
1969 ABC Chris Economaki
1968 ABC
1967 ABC Chris Economaki Fred Lorenzen
1966 ABC Jim McKay
1965 ABC Jim McKay

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cain, Holly (October 11, 2013). "KANSAS, DARLINGTON TO SWAP SCHEDULE SPOTS IN '14". NASCAR. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ Two Little Rebels, Hemmings Motor News, July 2011

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