This week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Darlington Raceway for the Showtime Southern 500. One thing Darlington Raceway is famous for is the “Darlington Stripe”. This is what they call the mark left on the wall after a car hits it. It does not matter how good of a driver you are, odds are you will hit the wall. In other words, the “Darlington Stripe” is inevitable.
In the past five years, there have been five different winners at the track that is known as “The Track Too Tough To Tame”. However, one driver has finished in the top-five in each of the past five races. That driver is Jeff Gordon. He also has seven victories at this track. Obviously, he is one of the favorites to win, but who stands in his way?
Jeff Gordon: Seven victories, and an average finish of 3.0 in the past five races here (the best of all cup drivers).
Kyle Busch: The 2008 winner of this race, and he won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race last night.
Denny Hamlin: The defending champion of this race, and he has the second best average finish in the past five races at Darlington (6.6).
Others to watch:
Greg Biffle: A two-time winner of this race.
Jimmie Johnson: He is also a two-time winner of this race.
Matt Kenseth: He has the third best average finish here in the past five races (7.8).
Mark Martin: He won the 2009 Southern 500.
Jeff Burton: He has an average finish of 9.8 in the past five races at Darlington, and he has won two races here.
Kasey Kahne: He won the pole for this race. By the way, he set a new track record on his qualifying run. Kahne also won the NASCAR Camping World Series Truck race here in March.
Jeff Gordon. He has the best average finish at Darlington in the last five races, and he has the most of wins of any active driver at this track. Gordon can tame the track “Too Tough To Tame”.