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.
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.
- "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 .
- Last of the Darlington throwback schemes revealed, Racer, 29 de agosto de 2019, Kelly Crandall