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Bojangles' Southern 500

 

Dates: April 12, 2014
Location: Darlington, South Carolina
Course: Darlington Raceway
Purse: $5,800,000
Winning Share: $540,000

The Bojangles' Southern 500 is the annual spring NASCAR Sprint Cup race held at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. It will be held on April 12, 2014 at Darlington Raceway. In 2014, the race will swap dates with the Bojangles' Southern 500, and will be held in April under the lights for the first time.

Darlington Raceway was created at first in the mind of Harold Brasington back in 1949. Despite of his friends laughing at him and considering his idea even ridiculous, he set out in the fall of 1949 to shape a 1.25-mile speedway on land that had once produced peanuts and cotton. Brasington often operated the controls of bulldozers and grading equipment. The original plan was to give the racetrack a true oval shape, but the racetrack's design had to be changed to satisfy the landowner, who did not want his nearby minnow pond disturbed. The west end of the track (Turns 3 and 4) was narrowed to accommodate the fishing facility, creating Darlington's distinctive egg-shaped design.

Finally, the first race was scheduled for Labor Day 1950, and Brasington expected no more than 10,000 fans, but a crowd showed up in an amount nearly 3 times bigger to see Californian Johnny Mantz drove to victory that day. The race was known as the Rebel 500 from 1950/2004.

To accommodate the ever-growing demand for tailgating prior to the track's events, the raceway is offering a new area outside turn two, the Too Tough to Tailgate Zone, specific for fans who are tailgating prior to the Bojangles' Southern 500.

Today the Darlington Raceway is known as the track "Too Tough to Tame" and "The Lady in Black", and it is still remembered as the original superspeedway and as one of the pillars of the NASCAR establishment.

2014 Bojangles' Schedule

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Darlington Car Hauler Parade
4:00 PM Race Fest begins at the Florence Civic Center
7:00 PM Haulers Depart the Florence Civic Center for Darlington, Parade Begins

Thursday, April 10, 2014
12:30 PM Gates Open
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM NASCAR Nationwide Series Practice
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM NASCAR Nationwide Series Final Practice

Friday, April 11, 2014
11:00 AM Gates Open
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice
4:05 PM NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying
6:05 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying
7:30 PM NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Intros
8:00 PM NASCAR Nationwide Series Race
VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 (147 Laps, 200.8 Miles)

Saturday, April 12, 2014
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Darlington Raceway Track Walk
Renewal Customers Only - Must Have Track Walk Ticket
9:35 AM - 12:30 PM Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride Along Program
5:00 PM Jon Pardi Pre-Race Concert
Wristband Required For Access To Pre-Race Concert
5:55 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Intros
6:30 PM NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race
Bojangles' Southern 500 (367 Laps, 501.3 Miles)

2013 Bojangle's Southern 500 Results

Pos Driver Team Maker Time Speed
1 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 27.032 181.918
2 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.173 180.974
3 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.181 180.92
4 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.208 180.741
5 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 27.277 180.284

Past Winners

Year Driver Team Maker Miles Speed
2008 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 501.322 140.35
2009 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 501.322 119.687
2010 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 501.322 126.605
2011 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 505.42 129.678
2012 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 502.688 133.802
2013 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 501.322 141.383

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