NASCAR at Darlington schedule: How to watch, race history, odds originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
There are a few dates on the calendar that every NASCAR fan circles prior to the season. This Sunday, one of those circled dates is coming up as the series visits Darlington Raceway.
One of the sport’s most historic venues, Darlington is set to host the annual Throwback Weekend, where teams bring their best old school paint schemes to honor the track that has hosted NASCAR races since 1950.
Darlington, a 1.366-mile oval, traditionally suits the best drivers. Twenty-two drivers in the NASCAR Hall of Fame have won at the South Carolina track, including Richard Petty, David Pearson, Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 Goodyear 400 at Darlington:
NASCAR Darlington entry list
Thirty-six drivers are on the Darlington entry list. Up to 40 cars can qualify for a race, so all 36 entrants will race on Sunday. Here's the full list:
— Jayski.com (@jayski) May 2, 2022
What is the NASCAR Darlington schedule?
This race weekend features a practice and qualifying session before the big show on Sunday. The 36-car field will be split into two groups, and each group will get a 15-minute practice session on Saturday, May 7 beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET.
Qualifying begins immediately after practice, around 11:05 a.m. ET. Each car will make a single lap, with the five fastest times in each group advancing to the final round. In the final round, the 10 drivers make a single lap and the pole is awarded to the fastest time.
The Goodyear 400 at Darlington begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 8.
What is the NASCAR TV schedule this weekend?
All NASCAR coverage is on FOX Sports 1 this weekend, including practice, qualifying, pre-race and the race. Pre-race coverage starts with NASCAR RaceDay at 2 p.m. ET Sunday on FS1, followed by the race on FS1, Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
All coverage before, during and after the race can be streamed online here and in the FOX Sports app.
NASCAR standings entering Darlington
Now 11 races into the 26-race regular season, time is running out for drivers to lock up playoff spots. Only 16 drivers make the playoffs, and drivers secure a berth by winning a race or scoring the most points among non-winners. Here’s a look at the current playoff standings, where winners are locked in and non-winners are fighting for every point:
William Byron, 353 points, 2 wins
Ross Chastain, 338 points, 2 wins
Chase Elliott, 418 points, 1 win
Kyle Busch, 353 points, 1 win
Alex Bowman, 349 points, 1 win
Kyle Larson, 335 points, 1 win
Chase Briscoe, 270 points, 1 win
Austin Cindric, 239 points, 1 win
Denny Hamlin, 204 points, 1 win
Ryan Blaney, 368 points
Martin Truex Jr., 336 points
Joey Logano, 316 points
Christopher Bell, 284 points
Aric Almirola, 283 points
Kevin Harvick, 280 points
Erik Jones, 262 points
Which active drivers have won at Darlington?
Just six of the 36 drivers racing Sunday have won at Darlington: Hamlin, Harvick, Truex, Keselowski, Jones and Kyle Busch.
Hamlin leads active drivers in Darlington wins (4), including the most recent race there last September. Harvick has three Darlington wins, while Truex has two (including this race last May). Jones and Busch each have one victory at the track.
Who is favored to win NASCAR this weekend?
Some drivers know how to get around Darlington, and some drivers have spent years trying to figure it out. It’s pretty easy to draw the line between contender and pretender at this circuit.
Larson has the best average finish at Darlington (5.5 in eight starts), including finishing second in both starts last year. Hamlin (7.1 in 19 starts), Jones (10.1 in eight starts), Truex (10.8 in 19 starts) and Keselowski (11.1 in 126 starts) are the other active finish leaders at Darlington.
Last year, Truex won the Mother’s Day Darlington race and Hamlin won the Labor Day Darlington race.
Here are some of the favorites to win at Darlington, courtesy of our partner, PointsBet:
Kyle Larson, +525
Martin Truex Jr., +700
Denny Hamlin, +850
Chase Elliott, +850
Kyle Busch, +1000
William Byron, +1200
Ryan Blaney, +1300
Ross Chastain, +1300
Alex Bowman, +1500
Joey Logano, +1600
Kevin Harvick, +1600
Tyler Reddick, +2200
Chase Briscoe, +3000
Christopher Bell, +3300
Erik Jones, +4000
Brad Keselowski, +6000
Editor's note: All odds are provided by our partner, PointsBet. PointsBet is our Official Sports Betting Partner and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links.
Darlington throwback 2022 paint schemes
Here’s a look at the throwback designs set to hit the track during the Goodyear 400:
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) May 3, 2022
What is @TooToughToTame Throwback Weekend without a @RustyWallace #2 car in the field. Hard to find one that hasn't been done... but it's a match made in heaven with the @MenardsRacing colors ðð¥@Team_Penske #NASCARThrowback pic.twitter.com/a8g0rmHYlB
— Austin Cindric (@AustinCindric) April 22, 2022
Chasing a cure. @KevinHarvick and @rheemracing are throwing back the "Chasing a Cure" paint scheme that ran in October 2011 and 2012. In their 15th NASCAR season, Darlington marks Rheem's 500th race as a partner in the sport, supporting St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. pic.twitter.com/GLtGmjcdz3
— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) April 20, 2022
— Always Race Day (@AlwaysRaceDay) April 28, 2022
— RFK Racing (@RFKracing) May 4, 2022
Weâre just out here Stacking Pennies! Pre-Order @CoreyLaJoieâs 2022 Darlington Throwback Diecast Cars now!
Autographed and Non-Autographed Standard 1:24, Color Chrome 1:24, and 1:64 Available!
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— CircleBDiecast.com (@diecast_b) April 25, 2022
If you want to look good at @TooToughToTame then youâve gotta look tough. @chaseelliott is throwing it back to â93 with a look inspired by Jimmy Meansâ old NAPA car.#darlingtonthrowback #NASCARthrowback pic.twitter.com/Qw8GibFqys
— NAPA Racing (@NAPARacing) April 21, 2022
For the man who started it all.@Aric_Almirola is honoring his grandfather, who shared his passion for racing with Aric. This #NASCARThrowback is inspired by the dirt sprint car raced by Sam Rodriguez. pic.twitter.com/aAjkjDRSrG
— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) May 5, 2022
ð¨ THROWBACK ð¨ @ToyotaRacing is set to celebrate its 1,500th race in #NASCAR with special throwback schemes at @TooToughToTame to commemorate the milestone. @dennyhamlin will lead the campaign with a throwback to his 2016 #DAYTONA500 winning @FedEx livery. pic.twitter.com/ybGWPzQ3bX
— Joe Gibbs Racing (@JoeGibbsRacing) May 2, 2022
Toughest racer to ever do it. @ChaseBriscoe_14 is honoring the boss manâs runs in the 2001 Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600. @TonyStewart is the only driver to complete both races. pic.twitter.com/xRw4ER82Nl
— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) May 3, 2022
— Rick Ware Racing (@RickWareRacing) May 5, 2022
We've counted the votes and the people have spoken... @KyleBusch will be taking the 1998 @mmschocolate Throwback car to @TooToughToTame! It's a great looking car and we can't wait to see it in Victory Lane. Thanks to everyone who voted! pic.twitter.com/a3md6qjl7R
— M&M'S (@mmschocolate) April 14, 2022
ð¨ THROWBACK ð¨
In celebration of @ToyotaRacing's upcoming 1,500th #NASCAR race, @CBellRacing will run a @SIRIUSXM scheme from his 2017 championship-winning Truck season. pic.twitter.com/PRwQeQlT0W
— Joe Gibbs Racing (@JoeGibbsRacing) May 2, 2022
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) April 20, 2022
To celebrate our 10-years together, @shellracingus @Pennzoil surprised me with a throwback design to my Quarter Midget car where it all started! #NASCARThrowback @Team_Penske @FordPerformance @TooToughToTame pic.twitter.com/6Lvdh8NXld
— Joey Logano (@joeylogano) May 3, 2022
.@MoneyLion is celebrating the past by recognizing @BubbaWallace's 2008 late model scheme for Darlington throwback weekend! @TooToughToTame @moneylionracing#TeamToyota #NASCARThrowback pic.twitter.com/ONgU1nvLAd
— 23XI Racing (@23XIRacing) May 4, 2022
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) April 19, 2022
— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) April 19, 2022
— Petty GMS (@PettyGMS) May 4, 2022
Excited for the opportunity to honor Million Dollar Bill with this iconic scheme at @TooToughToTame! Thank you @McDonalds for this opportunity. @BillElliott9 | #NASCARThrowback pic.twitter.com/V0CHHoruk8
— Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) April 28, 2022
— Ally Racing (@allyracing) April 12, 2022
A throwð scheme so hot, it could turn the asphalt to a liquid state at @TooToughToTame ð¥ð¥@bjmcleod78 and @Josh6williams will run a special scheme this weekend that surfaces shared memories of BJâs Late Model Series race at Orlando Speed World from 2004.#NASCAR pic.twitter.com/9QUwmpNMUC
— Live Fast Motorsports (@teamlivefast) May 4, 2022