NASCAR makes its annual trip to Darlington Raceway this weekend and it will do so with tires that have never been raced on the track’s surface.
Cup and Xfinity teams will bring the kind of tires that were used earlier this year at Chicagoland Speedway. Compared to what these teams ran at this track last year, both tires feature the same tread compounds with a construction update to align with what is run at other speedways.
As on all NASCAR ovals greater than 1 mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Darlington. Air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
A season-high 14 sets of tires are available to Cup teams on race day, meaning they will have to go an average of just more than 26 laps per set to complete the race.
As part of the Throwback Weekend and its 1990-94 theme, all tires will have the Goodyear logos that were present on race tires in the mid-90s beginning in 1992, with yellow “Goodyear #1” and “Eagle” logos.
Set limits: Cup: Three sets for practice, one set for qualifying and 14 sets for the race (13 race sets plus one set transferred from qualifying or practice);
Xfinity: Seven sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4928; Right-side — D-4930
Tire Circumference: Left-side — 2,227 mm (87.68 in.); Right-side — 2,248 mm (88.50 in.)
Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 19 psi; Left Rear – 19 psi; Right Front — 52 psi; Right Rear — 48 psi
Throwback Weekend is here for NASCAR as the Cup and Xfinity Series return to Darlington Raceway, the 1.366-mile track that’s “Too Tough To Tame.”
The weekend is capped off by Sunday’s 69th Southern 500.
Here are the entry lists for each race.
Cup – Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN)
There are 40 entries for the race.
Last year, Denny Hamlin won this race after overtaking Martin Truex Jr. with three laps to go. Hamlin beat Kyle and Kurt Busch.
Click here for updated entry list
MORE: Throwback paint schemes for Southern 500
Xfinity – Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 (3:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBC)
There are 41 entries for the race. One car will fail to qualify.
Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Ty Dillon and Hamlin are entered.
Ross Chastain will make his first start for Chip Ganassi Racing in its No. 42 Chevrolet.
No driver is listed for the No. 0 Chevrolet owned by JD Motorsports. Garrett Smithley is that car’s regular driver. Smithley will take Chastain’s place in the No. 4 Chevrolet.
Last year, Hamlin won from the pole after leading 33 laps. He beat Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick.
Click here for the entry list.
Tyler Reddick will pay tribute to the late Tim Richmond with his paint scheme for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN).
Reddick’s No. 9 Chevrolet will be sponsored by Old Milwaukee beer and will bear the scheme Richmond had in the Cup Series when the beer sponsored his No. 27 Pontiac LeMans from 1983-85.
Richmond, who died in 1989 at 34 from complications from AIDS, had 13 wins in 189 Cup starts from 1980-87.
His life and career were documented in the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary “Tim Richmond: To the Limit.”
During his Old Milwaukee days, Richmond drove for the Blue Max team owned by Raymond Beadle.
Raymond’s son Ryan is general counsel for JR Motorsports.
“Everything I had heard about Tim Richmond, which a lot of it goes off of the stories I’ve heard from people close to me in the garage, is that he was a guy that when he came up was one of the most talented drivers out here and that he was always really good at trying to have fun and be himself,” Reddick said in a press release. “He was about having fun and enjoying himself and winning races at the same time. I feel like he sometimes just flew under the radar a little bit and I feel like there is a connection there to how I try to go about my life, which makes it that much more special to be running this throwback scheme to him in Darlington.”
Cup and Xfinity Series teams will head to Darlington Raceway this weekend with a new tire combination for the 1.366-mile track.
Each series will use the same tire combination. This is the first time teams have run this left-side tire code. The right-side tire was first raced in May at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Compared to what teams ran last year, this left-side tire features a construction update to align it with what is run at other speedways, while the right-side tire has a compound change to give the cars more grip.
This tire setup came out of a Goodyear test at Darlington on June 5-6. Drivers who participated in that test were Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard and Daniel Suarez.
Here’s the tire info for the weekend.
Set limits: Cup: Three sets for practice, One set for qualifying and 13 sets for the race; Xfinity: Seven sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4834; Right-side — D-4736
Tire Circumference: Left-side — 2,216 mm (87.24 in.); Right-side — 2,251 mm (88.62 in.)
Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front – 19 psi; Left Rear – 19 psi; Right Front — 52 psi; Right Rear — 48 psi
Justin Allgaier‘s No. 7 Chevrolet will feature the original name and logo of sponsor company BRANDT Professional Agriculture for the Sept. 3 Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway.
Allgaier’s JR Motorsports car will feature the “Brandt’s Fertilizer” logo on top of the cherry red paint job that was part of the company’s founding in 1953.
“I’m really looking forward to running this paint scheme next weekend at Darlington,” said Allgaier. “The Brandt family has been very special to me over the years. Growing up just down the road from their headquarters in Springfield, Illinois, I’ve seen this company grow and I think this car truly embodies its history. Hopefully we can run up front with it and get to Victory Lane.”
Allgaier’s paint scheme joins those of Darrell Wallace Jr., Blake Koch, Ryan Reed, Ryan Sieg and Jeremy Clements for the Sept. 3 race, which can be seen on NBC.