500 Southern Miles - 500 Millas Sureñas

The Southern 500 Miles is a motorsport race held at Darlington Raceway between 1950 and 2004 and from 2009 to the present as part of the NASCAR Cup calendar . It is one of four classic races in the category, along with the Daytona 500 , the Charlotte 600 , and the Talladega Alabama 500-mile spring race .

Since 1950, the Southern 500 Miles have been contested in early September, more precisely on Labor Day . In 2004, the Southern 500 Miles changed its date to November, due to the intention of offering a cooler and more comfortable climate to the spectators.

However, the following year the race was discontinued due to NASCAR's policy of prioritizing tracks near large cities, and NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation lost a lawsuit in favor of Speedway Motorsports, leaving Darlington with a race on the NASCAR Cup calendar, which was the 500-mile date, disputed in the boreal spring, more precisely at the beginning of May. Four years later, the spring race took the name of the autumnal race, continuing to run in May.

In 2014, the Southern 500 Miles will trade dates with a Kansas race, and it was contested in April. The following season, it was played on the first weekend of September, where Labor Day is commemorated . Since 2015, as part of an agreement with the circuit, teams have regularly presented retro paint schemes ( Throwback ) honoring NASCAR drivers and teams (although they also present from other categories) or the history of the car's sponsor, among others. [ 1 ] [ 2 ]

The race aired on television on ABC from 1962 to 1983, with some interruptions. ESPN aired the race from 1984 to 2000. TNT aired the 2001 to 2003 editions. NBC aired the race in 2003, 2004, 2015, and 2016, while NBCSN has broadcast since 2017.

Winners

Cale Yarborough and Jeff Gordon are the winners of the race, with five wins, while Bobby Allison has four wins. On the other hand, the most winning brand is Chevrolet with 26 wins, followed by Ford with 14.

Year Pilot Team Brand
1950 Johnny Mantz Hubert Westmoreland Plymouth
1951 Herb Thomas Herb Thomas Hudson
1952 Fonts Flock Frank Christian Oldsmobile
1953 Buck Baker Bob Griffin Oldsmobile
1954 Herb Thomas Herb Thomas Hudson
1955 Herb Thomas Herb Thomas Chevrolet
1956 Curtis Turner Charlie Schwam Ford
1957 Speedy Thompson Speedy Thompson Chevrolet
1958 Fireball Roberts Frank Strickland Chevrolet
1959 Jim Reed Jim Reed Chevrolet
1960 Buck Baker Jack Smith Pontiac
1961 Nelson Stacy Dudley Farrell Ford
1962 Larry Frank Ratus Walters Ford
1963 Fireball Roberts Holman-Moody Ford
1964 Buck Baker Ray Fox Dodge
1965 Ned Jarrett Bondy Long Ford
1966 Darel Dieringer Bud Moore Engineering Mercury
1967 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Plymouth
1968 Cale Yarborough Wood Brothers Racing Mercury
1969 LeeRoy Yarbrough Junior Johnson & Associates Ford
1970 Buddy Baker Cotton Owens Dodge
1971 Bobby Allison Holman-Moody Mercury
1972 Bobby Allison Richard Howard Chevrolet
1973 Cale Yarborough Richard Howard Chevrolet
1974 Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet
1975 Bobby Allison Penske Racing Matador
1976 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury
1977 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury
1978 Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates Oldsmobile
1979 David Pearson Rod Osterlund Racing Chevrolet
1980 Terry Labonte Billy Hagan Chevrolet
1981 Neil Bonnett Wood Brothers Racing Ford
1982 Cale Yarborough M. C. Anderson Racing Buick
1983 Bobby Allison DiGard Racing Buick
1984 Harry glove Hal Needham Chevrolet
1985 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford
1986 Tim Richmond Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
1987 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
1988 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford
1989 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
1990 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
1991 Harry glove Leo Jackson Racing Oldsmobile
1992 Darrell Waltrip DarWal, Inc. Chevrolet
1993 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford
1994 Bill Elliott Junior Johnson & Associates Ford
1995 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
1996 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
1997 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
1998 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
1999 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford
2000 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac
2001 Ward Burton Bill Davis Racing Dodge
2002 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2003 Terry Labonte Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2004 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2009 Mark Martin Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2010 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
2011 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
2012 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2013 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
2014 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
2015 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
2016 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
2017 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
2018 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
2019 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
2020 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Ford

References

  1. ^ "Jayski's® NASCAR Silly Season Site - 2016 NASCAR Darlington Throwback Paint Schemes" . www.jayski.com . Archived from the original on May 30, 2016 . Retrieved June 2, 2016 .
  2. Last of the Darlington throwback schemes revealed, Racer, 29 de agosto de 2019, Kelly Crandall