- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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NASCAR

SPRINT CUP

SOUTHERN 500

Site: Darlington, S.C.

Schedule: Friday, practice (Fox Sports 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-3 p.m.), qualifying (Fox Sports 1, 6-7:30 p.m.); Saturday, race, 6:30 p.m. (Fox, 6-10:30 p.m.).

Track: Darlington Raceway (oval, 1.366 miles).

Race distance: 501.3 miles, 367 laps.

Last year: Matt Kenseth raced to the third of his career-high seven victories in his first season at Joe Gibbs Racing, easily holding off teammate Denny Hamlin.

Last week: Joey Logano won the rain-delayed race at Texas on Monday, passing Jeff Gordon on the last lap in a green-white-checkered finish.

Fast facts: Seven drivers have won in the first seven races, three off the 2000 series record for events at the start of the season without a repeat winner. Defending season champion Jimmie Johnson and second-place Kenseth are winless this year. Johnson won the 2012 race for his third Darlington victory. … Gordon has seven Darlington wins, the last in 2007. … Johnny Mantz won the inaugural race at the egg-shaped track in 1950. … David Pearson holds the track record with 10 victories, one more than Dale Earnhardt.

Next race: Toyota Owners 400, April 26, Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va.

Online: http://www.nascar.com

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