2020 Cook Out Southern 500

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2020 Cook Out Southern 500
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6]
Race 27 of 36 in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series
2020 Cook Out Southern 500 program cover
2020 Cook Out Southern 500 program cover
Date September 6, 2020 (2020-09-06)
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 132.256 miles per hour (212.845 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Grid positions set by competition-based formula
Most laps led
Driver Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 196
Winner
No. 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas 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 1.4 (2.43 million)
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 2020 Cook Out Southern 500, the 64th running of the event, was a NASCAR Cup Series race held on September 6, 2020 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 27th race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season, first race of the Playoffs, and the first race of the Round of 16. It was the first time Darlington hosted three Cup Series races in a single 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]

  • (R) denotes rookie driver.
  • (i) denotes driver who are ineligible for series driver points.
No. Driver Team Manufacturer Sponsor or Throwback
00 Quin Houff (R) StarCom Racing Chevrolet Permatex – Scheme based on the Ford V-8 Roadster that driver Milt Marion piloted to victory during America’s first stock car race, which was held at the Daytona Beach Course in 1936.[7]
1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Monster Energy
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford Discount Tire – Keselowski's 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship car; scheme also honors the 10th anniversary of Discount Tire's involvement with Team Penske.[7] Keselowski would later decide to run this scheme through the remainder of the NASCAR Playoffs.
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet American Ethanol E15 – Scheme pays homage to Hall of Famer Junior Johnson.[7]
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1997 Busch Beer design.[7]
6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford Oscar Mayer – Newman's 1999 scheme from the USAC Silver Crown Series, where he won the National Championship.[7]
7 Josh Bilicki (i) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet Insurance King – Scheme paying homage to team owner Tommy Baldwin Jr.'s father, Tommy Baldwin Sr..[7]
8 Tyler Reddick (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Cat PowerJeff Burton's 1994 Rookie of the Year Raybestos car.[7]
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts – Jimmie Johnson's 2009 paint scheme.[7]
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Go Bowling – Hall of Famer Fireball Roberts's 1957 NASCAR Grand National Series paint scheme.[7]
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 1973 FedEx design and Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough inspired car.[7]
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford Menards/Maytag – Scheme honors Paul Menard and his 2003 ARCA victory at Talladega.[7]
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet GEICOTodd Bodine's 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Championship paint scheme.[7]
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford PEAKKyle Petty's 1990 Goodwrench 500 winning car.[7]
15 Brennan Poole (R) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet R.E.D. – Ricky Rudd's red Bud Moore Engineering paint scheme from the mid-80's[7]
17 Chris Buescher Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fastenal
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota M&M'sElliott Sadler's 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series car.[7]
19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Bass Pro ShopsHank Parker Jr.'s 2003 Aaron's 312 car.[7]
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Sport Clips – Tony Stewart's 2005 Martinsville Home Depot inspired car.[7]
21 Matt DiBenedetto Wood Brothers Racing Ford Ford Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto CenterTiny Lund's 1963 Daytona 500 inspired car.[7]
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford Shell PennzoilBobby Allison's 1985 Miller car.[7]
24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Liberty University – Jimmie Johnson's 2013 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race paint scheme.[7]
27 J. J. Yeley (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford Jacob Companies – Kenny Irwin Jr.'s 1997 Nerf car.[7]
32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford Trump 2020
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford Love's Travel Stops
37 Ryan Preece JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet Bush's Beans
38 John Hunter Nemechek (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford CitgardElliott Sadler's 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series inspired car.[7]
41 Cole Custer (R) Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Haas Automation1956 Southern 500 and Hall of Famer Curtis Turner's 1965 NASCAR Grand National Series inspired car.[7]
42 Matt Kenseth Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet McDelivery
43 Bubba Wallace Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet Cash App – Scheme will honor Team Owner and Hall of Famer Richard Petty and his one-off 1986 Darlington ride in D. K. Ulrich's No. 6 Chevrolet.[7]
47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet Kroger
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Ally – Scheme honors Hall of Famers and seven-time Cup Series Champions Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.[7]
51 Joey Gase (i) Petty Ware Racing Ford Agri Supplies – Bobby Allison's 1971 Southern 500 inspired car.[7]
53 James Davison Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet Signing Day Sports – Tom Sneva's 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup Series inspired car.[7]
66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota RoofClaim.com – Phil Parsons' 1984 Skoal Bandit scheme.[7]
77 Ross Chastain (i) Spire Motorsports Chevrolet Dirty Mo MediaHall of Famer Dale Earnhardt's 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Series paint scheme.[7]
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet ChevyGoods.com – Jimmie Johnson's 2006-2008 paint scheme.[7]
95 Christopher Bell (R) Leavine Family Racing Toyota Rheem – Bell's 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship paint scheme.[7]
96 Daniel Suárez Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota Arris Now CommScope – Suárez's 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship paint scheme.[7]
Official entry list

Qualifying[edit]

Chase Elliott was awarded the pole for the race as determined by competition-based formula.[4]

Starting Lineup[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
3 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
4 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
5 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
6 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
7 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
8 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
9 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
10 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 21 Matt DiBenedetto Wood Brothers Racing Ford
12 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
13 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
14 41 Cole Custer (R) Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
16 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
17 43 Bubba Wallace Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
18 38 John Hunter Nemechek (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
19 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
20 17 Chris Buescher Roush Fenway Racing Ford
21 95 Christopher Bell (R) Leavine Family Racing Toyota
22 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
23 15 Brennan Poole (R) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
24 8 Tyler Reddick (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
25 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
26 42 Matt Kenseth Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
27 32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford
28 96 Daniel Suárez Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
29 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
30 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
31 6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford
32 00 Quin Houff (R) StarCom Racing Chevrolet
33 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota
34 77 Ross Chastain (i) Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
35 37 Ryan Preece JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
36 53 James Davison Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
37 27 J. J. Yeley (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford
38 7 Josh Bilicki (i) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
39 51 Joey Gase (i) Petty Ware Racing Ford
Official starting lineup

Race[edit]

Stage Results[edit]

Stage One Laps: 115

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 9
3 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 8
4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 7
5 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 6
6 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 5
7 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 4
8 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 3
9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 2
10 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1
Official stage one results

Stage Two Laps: 115

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 10
2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 9
3 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 8
4 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 7
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 6
6 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 5
7 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 4
8 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 3
9 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 2
10 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 1
Official stage two results

Final Stage Results[edit]

Stage Three Laps: 137

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 8 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 367 49
2 12 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 367 38
3 13 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 367 38
4 30 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 367 37
5 3 24 William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 367 35
6 4 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 367 43
7 15 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 367 37
8 16 1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 367 36
9 10 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 367 28
10 9 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 367 29
11 5 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 367 26
12 14 41 Cole Custer (R) Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 367 25
13 2 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 367 40
14 26 42 Matt Kenseth Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 367 23
15 31 6 Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing Ford 367 22
16 19 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 367 21
17 35 37 Ryan Preece JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 367 20
18 22 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 367 34
19 29 47 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 367 18
20 1 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 367 25
21 11 21 Matt DiBenedetto Wood Brothers Racing Ford 366 16
22 6 19 Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 366 35
23 24 8 Tyler Reddick (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 366 14
24 7 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 366 13
25 28 96 Daniel Suárez Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 364 12
26 20 17 Chris Buescher Roush Fenway Racing Ford 364 11
27 25 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 363 10
28 23 15 Brennan Poole (R) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 362 9
29 34 77 Ross Chastain (i) Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 360 0
30 37 27 J. J. Yeley (i) Rick Ware Racing Ford 360 0
31 32 00 Quin Houff (R) StarCom Racing Chevrolet 357 6
32 38 7 Josh Bilicki (i) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 356 0
33 39 51 Joey Gase (i) Petty Ware Racing Ford 351 0
34 21 95 Christopher Bell (R) Leavine Family Racing Toyota 349 3
35 33 66 Timmy Hill (i) MBM Motorsports Toyota 296 0
36 18 38 John Hunter Nemechek (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 245 1
37 27 32 Corey LaJoie Go Fas Racing Ford 234 1
38 17 43 Bubba Wallace Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 217 1
39 36 53 James Davison Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 162 1
Official race results

Race statistics[edit]

  • Lead changes: 18 among 6 different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 7 for 34
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 47 minutes and 26 seconds
  • Average speed: 132.256 miles per hour (212.845 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. covered the race from the booth at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Earnhardt Jr., Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty also called a portion of the race as part of the Throwback Weekend, Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman and Marty Snider handled the pit road duties on site, and Rutledge Wood handled the features from his home during the race.

NBCSN
Booth announcers Pit reporters Features reporter
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
Parker Kligerman
Marty Snider
Rutledge Wood

Radio[edit]

MRN had the radio call for the race, which was also simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

MRN Radio
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

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2020 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. January 17, 2020. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  2. ^ "Darlington Raceway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "Entry List" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. August 31, 2020. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Starting Lineup". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. September 2, 2020. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  5. ^ "Cook Out Southern 500 Results". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. September 6, 2020. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  6. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. September 6, 2020. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  7. ^ 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 31, 2020). "Retro Rundown 2020: Southern 500 paint schemes". NASCARTalk.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved August 31, 2020.


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