Crunching The Numbers: 2017 Bojangles’ Southern 500

Darling Raceway aka The Lady In Black aka The Track Too Tough to Tame awaits the drivers this Labor Day weekend for its annual Bojangles’ Southern 500. Only 2 changes remain for a winless driver to earn their spot in the playoffs. Will we see a repeat winner? Or, will a new driver capture victory?

Darlington Raceway Track Specs

  • Track Configuration: 1.366 Mile Oval
  • Scheduled Laps: 367 (501.322 miles)
    • Stage 1 End Lap: 100
    • Stage 2 End Lap: 200
  • Turns 1 – 2 banking: 25°
  • Turns 3 – 4 banking: 23°
  • Frontstretch
    • Length: 1,229 feet
    • Banking: 3°
  • Backstretch
    • Length: 1,229 feet
    • Banking: 2°

 

Bojangles’ Southern 500 Trends of the Race

  • Overtime: 4 (2005, 2011, 2012, 2014)
  • Caution Finishes: 0
  • Rain Shortened: 0

Trending of the past 5 Summer races:

  • Margin of Victory 1.200 seconds
  • 10 cautions
    • Lap 89 for the first caution
    • Lap 355 for the final caution (12 laps before the end)
  • 21 drivers on the lead lap

Trending of the past 10 Summer races:

  • Margin of Victory 1.373 seconds
  • 11 cautions
    • Lap 55 for the first caution
    • Lap 349 for the final caution (18 laps before the end)
  • 21 drivers on the lead lap

Bojangles’ Southern 500 Pole Sitters

  • Pole winners have an average finish of 8.9
  • Average laps lead: 95.2 laps (25.9% of the race)
  • 15.4% of pole winners find their way to victory lane
  • Most laps led by a pole sitter is 238 (64.9% of the race) by Kevin Harvick in 2014
    • He went on to win that race

Bojangles’ Southern 500 Winners

  • The average race winner’s starting position is 8.1
    • Regan Smith started from P23 in 2011, the furthest back a race winner has started
    • The median starting position of the race winner is P8
    • The mode of race winner’s starting position is P1 & P8
  • 30.8% of the winners have come from starting in the top 5
  • 69.2% of the winners have come from starting in the top 10
  • Winning drivers have lead an average of 82.3 laps (22.4% of the race)
    • Fewest laps led by race winner: Regan Smith led 11 laps (3.0% of the race) in 2014
    • Most laps led by a race winner: Kevin Harvick led 238 laps (64.9% of the race) in 2014
  • There have been 12 different race winners from 6 different teams since 2004
    • There has been a unique winner the past  12 races
    • Jimmie Johnson leads the field with 2 wins
    • Hendrick Motosports & Joe Gibbs Racing lead the field with 4 wins a piece

Bojangles’ Southern 500 Team & Manufacturer Statistics

Bojangles’ Southern 500 Predictions & Analysis

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