2019 Bojangles' Southern 500

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2019 Bojangles' Southern 500 presented by John Deere
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]
Race 25 of 36 in the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date September 1–2, 2019
Location Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina
Course Permanent racing facility
1.366 mi (2.198 km)
Distance 367 laps, 501.322 mi (806.666 km)
Average speed 133.825 miles per hour (215.370 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 28.510
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 118
Winner
No. 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network NBCSN
Announcers Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty
Nielsen Ratings 2.139 million[9]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Alex Hayden, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Dave Moody (1 & 2) and Mike Bagley (3 & 4)

The 2019 Bojangles' Southern 500 presented by John Deere, the 70th running of the event was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on September 1st and 2nd, 2019, at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. Contested over 367 laps on the 1.366-mile (2.198 km) egg-shaped oval, it was the 25th race of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Layout of Darlington Raceway, the track where the race is held.

Darlington Raceway is a race track built for NASCAR racing located near Darlington, South Carolina. It is nicknamed "The Lady in Black" and "The Track Too Tough to Tame" by many NASCAR fans and drivers and advertised as "A NASCAR Tradition." It is of a unique, somewhat egg-shaped design, an oval with the ends of very different configurations, a condition which supposedly arose from the proximity of one end of the track to a minnow pond the owner refused to relocate. This situation makes it very challenging for the crews to set up their cars' handling in a way that is effective at both ends.

Entry list[edit]

  • (i) denotes driver who are ineligible for series driver points.
  • (R) denotes rookie driver.
No. Driver Team Manufacturer Sponsor or Throwback
00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet StarCom Fiber – Sterling Marlin's 2001 Coors Light scheme.[10]
1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Chevrolet Accessories – Busch's personal 1969 Chevrolet Camaro inspired car[10]
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford MillerRusty Wallace's 1996 car scheme[10]
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet American Ethanol E15 – Scheme pays homage to grandfather and team owner Richard Childress' “Black Gold” car from the late 1970s.[10]
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Busch Beer/Big Buck Hunter
6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford Oscar Mayer/VelveetaMark Martin's 1993 Mountain Dew Southern 500 car[10]
8 Daniel Hemric (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Caterpillar Inc. – Scheme inspired by the design of Caterpillar Inc. from its launch in 1925 until 1931[10]
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts – Father Bill Elliott's 1981 Southern 500 car where he claimed his first Cup pole.[10]
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Smithfield FoodsTony Stewart's 2002 championship The Home Depot car[10]
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota FedExDarrell Waltrip's 1991-95 Western Auto car[10]
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford Menards/PennzoilMichael Waltrip's 1991-95 car scheme[10]
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet GEICO
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1Tony Stewart's 2011 championship Office Depot/Mobil 1 car[10]
15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet Rim Ryderz
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford Dog's Most Wanted
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota SnickersBobby Hillin Jr.'s 1990 car scheme[10]
19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Bass Pro Shops – Truex's 2004 Xfinity Series car he drove for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Chance 2 Motorsports.[10]
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Sport Clips – Jones' ASA Late Model Series scheme from his rookie season[10]
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center – Team owner Glen Wood's 1957 Darlington inspired car[10]
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford Shell PennzoilKevin Harvick's 2007 Daytona 500 inspired car[10]
24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Hendrick Autoguard/City ChevroletDays of Thunder protagonist Cole Trickle's #46 inspired car[10]
27 Joe Nemechek (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet Low T Center – Nemechek's first Cup race since March of 2015 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Driver throwback instead of a car throwback.
32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford Keen Parts/CorvetteParts.net – Dale Jarrett's 1990-91 Xfinity Series Nestlé Crunch car[10]
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford Dockside Logistics – Jimmy Means' powder blue Alka-Seltzer scheme from the late 1980s and early 1990s.[10]
36 Matt Tifft (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford Tifft Family – Tifft's car is based on a Dirt Late Model car his father owned, which was driven by David Hilliker.[10]
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet Kroger Fast Lane to Flavor
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenDavid Pearson’s 1969 championship inspired car[10]
41 Daniel Suárez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Haas AutomationTony Stewart's 2005 championship The Home Depot car[10]
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet CloverRicky Craven's 1995-96 Kodiak car[10]
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet Victory Junction 15th AnniversaryAdam Petty's 1999 Spree car.[10]
47 Ryan Preece (R) JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet Kroger – Grandfather Ron Bouchard's 1984 Hawaiian Punch car.[10]
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Ally – Johnson's 1995 Trophy truck scheme[10]
51 B. J. McLeod (i) Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet Jacob Companies – Stroker Ace inspired car[10]
52 J. J. Yeley (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet Jacob Companies – Bill Blair's 1953 inspired car[10]
54 Garrett Smithley (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet ARQE.app – Lennie Pond's 1976 Pepsi scheme[10]
66 Joey Gase (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota Page Construction
77 Reed Sorenson Spire Motorsports Chevrolet Motor Racing Network – Scheme honors the 50th anniversary of the Motor Racing Network and the 11 radio affiliates that have broadcast NASCAR races since its inception in 1970.[10]
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Axalta Coating SystemsTim Richmond's 1986-1987 Folgers car.[10]
95 Matt DiBenedetto Leavine Family Racing Toyota IMSA GTO – Tribute to the turbo-charged GTO Celicas that won the driver’s championship in the IMSA GTU (under three-liter) category in 1987 with Chris Cord.[10]
Official entry list

Practice[edit]

First practice[edit]

Kurt Busch was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 28.714 seconds and a speed of 171.261 mph (275.618 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.714 171.261
2 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.808 170.703
3 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.916 170.065
Official first practice results

Final practice[edit]

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 29.125 seconds and a speed of 168.845 mph (271.730 km/h).[12]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 29.125 168.845
2 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 29.139 168.764
3 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29.188 168.480
Official final practice results

Qualifying[edit]

William Byron scored the pole for the race with a time of 28.510 and a speed of 172.487 mph (277.591 km/h).[13]

Qualifying results[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time
1 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.510
2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 28.576
3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.617
4 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.630
5 41 Daniel Suárez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.704
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.724
7 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 28.756
8 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.766
9 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.787
10 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 28.801
11 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.812
12 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 28.829
13 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 28.831
14 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.841
15 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.848
16 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.855
17 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 28.872
18 8 Daniel Hemric (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.892
19 95 Matt DiBenedetto Leavine Family Racing Toyota 28.905
20 47 Ryan Preece (R) JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 28.910
21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.931
22 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.956
23 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 29.017
24 6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford 29.019
25 00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 29.087
26 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 29.097
27 32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford 29.103
28 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 29.163
29 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 29.173
30 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 29.229
31 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 29.239
32 36 Matt Tifft (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 29.272
33 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 29.385
34 77 Reed Sorenson Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 29.764
35 52 J. J. Yeley (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 29.796
36 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet 30.070
37 27 Joe Nemechek (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 30.260
38 54 Garrett Smithley (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 30.568
39 66 Joey Gase (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 30.888
Official qualifying results

Race[edit]

Stage results[edit]

Stage One Laps: 100

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 10
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 9
3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 8
4 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7
5 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 6
6 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5
7 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 4
8 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 3
9 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2
10 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1
Official stage one results

Stage Two Laps: 100

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10
2 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 9
3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 8
4 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7
5 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 6
6 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 5
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 4
8 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3
9 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 2
10 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1
Official stage two results

Final stage results[edit]

Stage Three Laps: 167

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 15 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 367 48
2 3 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 367 49
3 33 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 367 51
4 11 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 367 34
5 2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 367 38
6 13 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 367 36
7 4 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 367 49
8 19 95 Matt DiBenedetto Leavine Family Racing Toyota 367 29
9 17 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 367 28
10 14 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 367 27
11 5 41 Daniel Suárez Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 367 26
12 12 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 367 25
13 10 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 366 24
14 7 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 366 26
15 22 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 366 24
16 6 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 366 34
17 30 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 366 20
18 16 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 365 19
19 8 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 365 23
20 29 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 365 17
21 1 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 365 19
22 20 47 Ryan Preece (R) JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 365 15
23 24 6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford 365 14
24 28 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 365 13
25 25 00 Landon Cassill (i) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 364 0
26 26 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 363 11
27 32 36 Matt Tifft (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 362 10
28 31 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 361 0
29 9 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 356 22
30 34 77 Reed Sorenson Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 355 7
31 37 27 Joe Nemechek (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 354 0
32 35 52 J. J. Yeley (i) Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 352 0
33 21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 351 4
34 39 66 Joey Gase (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 349 0
35 38 54 Garrett Smithley (i) Rick Ware Racing CHevrolet 344 0
36 27 32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford 330 1
37 18 8 Daniel Hemric (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 274 1
38 23 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 274 1
39 36 51 B. J. McLeod (i) Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet 194 0
Official race results

Race statistics[edit]

  • Lead changes: 13 among 8 different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 7 for 35
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 44 minutes and 46 seconds
  • Average speed: 133.825 miles per hour (215.370 km/h)

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

NBC Sports covered the race on the television side. Rick Allen, two–time Darlington winner Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were in the booth to call the race. Dave Burns, Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast reported from pit lane during the race. Earnhardt Jr., Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty also called a portion of the race as part of the Throwback Weekend.

NBCSN
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Rick Allen
Color-commentator: Jeff Burton
Color-commentator: Steve Letarte
Color-commentator: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Throwback commentator: Dale Jarrett
Throwback commentator: Kyle Petty
Dave Burns
Marty Snider
Kelli Stavast

Radio[edit]

The Motor Racing Network (MRN) called the race for radio, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Alex Hayden, Jeff Striegle, and Rusty Wallace called the action for MRN when the field raced down the front stretch. Dave Moody called the race from a Billboard outside of turn 1 when the field raced through turns 1 and 2, and Mike Bagley called the race atop of the Darlington Raceway Club outside of turn 3 when the field raced through turns 3 and 4. Winston Kelley, Steve Post, and Kim Coon called the action on pit road for MRN.

MRN
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Alex Hayden
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Turns 1 & 2: Dave Moody
Turns 3 & 4: Mike Bagley
Winston Kelley
Steve Post
Kim Coon

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Darlington Raceway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. August 26, 2019. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. August 30, 2019. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  5. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. August 30, 2019. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  6. ^ "Starting Lineup". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. August 31, 2019. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  7. ^ "Bojangles' Southern 500 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. September 2, 2019. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  8. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. September 2, 2019. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "2019 Bojangles' Southern 500 ratings". ShowBuzzDaily. Mitch Metcalf. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af McFadin, Daniel (August 28, 2019). "Retro Rundown 2019: Southern 500 paint schemes". NASCARTalk.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  11. ^ Utter, Jim (August 30, 2019). "Kurt Busch leads the way in first Darlington practice". Motorsport.com. Darlington, South Carolina: Motorsport Network. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  12. ^ Utter, Jim (August 30, 2019). "Ricky Stenhouse Jr. tops Larson in final Darlington Cup practice". Motorsport.com. Darlington, South Carolina: Motorsport Network. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  13. ^ Utter, Jim (August 31, 2019). "William Byron earns pole for the Southern 500 at Darlington". Motorsport.com. Darlington, South Carolina: Motorsport Network. Retrieved August 31, 2019.


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