Here is a quick rundown of information to Saturday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500:
WHAT? The 2014 Bojangles’ Southern 500 is the 65th running of the event. It is considered one of the crown jewel races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. The race is scheduled to run 367 laps, which translates to 501.3 miles.
WHERE? The race is taking place at Darlington Raceway, which is located in Florence, South Carolina. The track, which is around 1.36 miles in length, is known for its egg-like shape and turns, which all have different degrees of banking. Nicknames for the track include The Lady in Black and references to it being Too Tough to Tame.
WHEN? TV time for the event begins at 6:30 ET on FOX. You can also catch a radio broadcast on MRN.
WHO? The polesitter for the race is Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet for Stewart Haas Racing. In NASCAR’s knockout qualifying format, he posted a time of 26.802 seconds, going at a speed of 183.479 MPH. It is his seventh pole in 474 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. Harvick has one win so far in 2014, cruising to Victory Lane at Phoenix International Raceway.
NOTABLES? -Joey Logano qualified second for the event, his seventh top-10 start of 2014. He remains the only driver to advance to the final round of knockout qualifying. He won last week’s rain delayed Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
-Aric Almirola posted the fastest lap of the qualifying session in round two, going 184.145 MPH. He ended up third in the final round. His Richard Petty Motorsports teammate, Marcos Ambrose, will start fourth.
-For the first time since the beginning of the season, there is no threat of rain to derail the weekend.