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Biffle is defending Darlington pole-sitter 05-09-2013
Greg Biffle
One year ago Greg Biffle sat on the pole at Darlington; his second at the 1.366-mile track. Biffle has 12 Sprint Cup career starts at Darlington, earning two wins, two top-five and five top-10 finishes. Darlington is the track Biffle holds his second-best starting average of 9.5 with an average finish of 14.0. The Car: Chassis RK-809 last raced at Texas in 2012, earning a 10th-place finish.-Roush Fenway Racing
Travis Pastrana at Darlington Raceway 05-09-2013
Travis Pastrana
Travis Pastrana will make his second NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Darlington Raceway this Friday night. Last season, he made his second overall NNS start at the 1.37-mile track, finishing 17th. Pastrana earned his first career NNS pole last weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, but finished 36th in the Aaron's 312 after a mid-race accident took the No. 60 Ford Mustang out of contention. Pastrana is now 15th in the NNS point standings.-Roush Fenway Racing
Juan Pablo Montoya at Darlington Raceway 05-09-2013
Juan Pablo Montoya
Juan Pablo Montoya has just six starts at Darlington, the track known as "Too Tough to Tame". His best finish was in 2010 when he finished fifth. He has an average start of 23.8 with an even better average finish of 19.7. Montoya has completed 2199 out of 2206 which averages out to 99.7% laps completed and zero DNF's (did not finish).-Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Jamie McMurray at Darlington 05-09-2013
Jamie McMurray
Jamie McMurray has 12 starts at the "Lady in Black" where he has accumulated one pole, three top-five, and five top-10 finishes. He has completed 4093 of 4263 (96%) laps and led163 of those. McMurray`s best finish at Darlington was in the 2010 race when he scored a runner-up finish. The driver of the McDonald's Chevy SS has an average finishing position of 16.1 and an average starting position of 14.0.-Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Mark Martin's career stats to date 05-09-2013
Mark Martin
In 46 Sprint Cup starts at Darlington, Mark Martin owns two victories (1993 & 2011) and 17 top-five finishes. He's led 801 laps and won poles in 1989 & 1998. Martin owns 40 Sprint Cup, 49 Nationwide and seven Camping World Truck Series victories. He's led 12,856 laps in Sprint Cup competition. He has started 862 Sprint Cup races, 236 Nationwide races and 25 truck events. He also owns 13 IROC wins in 47 starts. POLES: Martin owns five poles in 31 races with MWR. He is seventh on the all-time pole list with 56 poles including one in 2013 at Phoenix.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Ryan Newman Darlington advance 05-09-2013
Ryan Newman
Ryan Newman has yet to find victory lane at the 1.366-mile oval, he has amassed impressive stats at the "Track Too Tough To Tame." He has scored top-five finishes in half of his 14 starts at Darlington, and also has nine top-10s. His best finish at Darlington came during his rookie campaign in the fall 2002 Southern 500. In just his second start at the legendary racetrack, He was 12th on the grid, led one lap and finished second to Jeff Gordon. He also had a third-place finish in spring 2004, fourth-place efforts in 2007 and 2009, and fifth-place runs in the spring 2002, 2005 and 2011 events at Darlington.-True Speed Communication
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at Darlington 05-09-2013
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will make his first NASCAR Sprint Cup series start at the 1.366-mile Darlington Raceway. He has three Nationwide starts at Darlington earning two top-10 finishes. He was the Coors Light Pole winner in 2012. Stenhouse is currently 16th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series point standings. The Sprint Cup rookie of the year contender has led in two of the last three races in the 2013 season.-Roush Fenway Racing
Reed Sorenson carries momentum to Darlington 05-09-2013
Reed Sorenson
Despite a 22nd place finish last week at Talladega, the No. 43 Pilot Travel Centers team is headed to Darlington with a lot of momentum. The last two weeks, Reed Sorenson had strong runs with the potential of top-five finishes and consistently ran in the top-five during last week's race before getting caught up in an on-track accident among the leaders. Sorenson has four Nationwide Series starts in which he finished in the top-10 twice with an average finish of 13. His best start and finish at the Lady in Black came in 2011 with a fifth and eighth, respectively.-Breaking Limits
Truex Jr. brings a lucky troll to Darlington 05-09-2013
Martin Truex Jr.
Martin Truex Jr. is ready to take his new found luck to the "Lady in Black" Saturday night when the Sprint Cup Series races at Darlington Raceway, one of NASCAR's historic tracks. Last year, Truex led 25 laps finishing fifth on the 1.336-mile, egg-shaped oval. He has led 193 laps in the last four races that included second-, fourth- and seventh-place finishes. Last weekend in Talladega, he miraculously avoided two multi-car accidents and overcame a pit road penalty for the seventh-place finish. The good fortune might have something to do with a fan-donated lucky charm he carries in his car each week. A seashell rode with Truex at Talladega and Saturday night a troll will ride on his dashboard.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Darlington advance notes on Carl Edwards 05-09-2013
Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards will make his tenth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Darlington Raceway. He heads to Darlington second in the series point's standings with one win, five top-five and six top-10 finishes. According to NASCAR Loop Statistics compiled over the last nine races, Edwards has turned 149 of the fastest laps at Darlington Raceway, which is seventh highest. He has completed 95.8% of the laps in his nine races, and led 94 laps.-Roush Fenway Racing
Chris Buescher at Darlington Raceway 05-09-2013
Chris Buescher will make his second NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Darlington Raceway this Friday and his fifth NNS start overall. In 2011, Buescher finished 17th at the 1.37-mile track. The 20-year-old driver has competed in two races this season and has been the highest finishing Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) Ford Mustang in each of those races. Buescher finished seventh at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) and 17th at Texas Motor Speedway. The No. 16 team brings chassis RK-735 to Darlington Raceway. This is the same chassis that Buescher raced to seventh in his first start of the season at BMS.-Roush Fenway Racing