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Different Winners Streak at Darlington Raceway



Parity is at an all-time high at Darlington Raceway; the historic South Carolina track has seen a multitude of different winners in recent memory. Since 2006, a span of 11 races, Darlington Raceway has seen an unprecedented 11 different winners. The 11 winners in Darlington’s last 11 races are seen below.

2006Greg Biffle
2007Jeff Gordon
2008Kyle Busch
2009Mark Martin
2010Denny Hamlin
2011Regan Smith
2012Jimmie Johnson
2013Matt Kenseth
2014Kevin Harvick
2015Carl Edwards
2016Martin Truex Jr

Out of all active drivers, only 6 have been able to win at The Lady in Black. Of those 6 drivers, Jimmie Johnson is the only one with multiple wins, as he has tamed Darlington 3 times. With this in mind, the odds for a 12th-straight different winner at Darlington are high. Active winless drivers at Darlington include Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Ryan Newman, Joey Logano, and Kasey Kahne. Both Earnhardt and Logano must win at either Darlington or Richmond to secure a Playoff position.

Coming into Darlington race weekend this year, 14 different drivers have won a race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. 13 Playoff spots are secured, and at least 1 driver will get in by points.

First time winner at Darlington?

Darlington is perhaps the most difficult track on the circuit; one where veteran drivers reign supreme. However, the chance does exist for a first-time series winner at Darlington. Most likely candidates for this impressive feat are Chase Elliott and Erik Jones. Elliott has 2 prior starts at Darlington, while Jones will be making his debut there. Elliott won at Darlington in his Xfinity Series debut there in 2014. 2 weeks ago at Bristol, Jones earned a career-best runner up finish to Kyle Busch. However, be on the lookout for other winless young drivers such as Daniel Suarez and Ty Dillon.

Without question, this year’s running of the Southern 500 at Darlington is sure to be exciting and drama-filled. After a rare off-weekend, the stars of the NASCAR Cup Series are gearing up for their Playoff fight. This 10 race battle is set to begin in 2 short weeks. But before the narrowed field of 16 goes for the title, all 40 drivers have to survive 500 grueling miles at Darlington.