Raceway will recognize champions in NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series
In year six of its award-winning throwback weekend, Darlington Raceway will celebrate “NASCAR’s Champions … Past, Present and Future” and “New Traditions … First Race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs” for its 2020 throwback campaign.
The “Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR” will be celebrated during the track’s 71st running of the famed Southern 500 (NASCAR Cup Series) and Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 (NASCAR Xfinity Series) on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 4-6.
Darlington Raceway will honor all the past champions of the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series during the weekend, which will coincide with the start of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs (Sept. 6) and the future crowning of another champion at ISM Raceway in November.
“Celebrating our NASCAR Champions – past, present and future – during our 2020 Throwback Weekend is a great tie-in for Darlington hosting the opening round of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs,” Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said in a statement.
“There is so much history and correlation between NASCAR champions and Darlington race winners that this Throwback theme makes our 2020 event that much more special for our fans, teams, partners and stakeholders.”
There are 33 NASCAR Cup Series Champions that have won 71 total championships since 1949.
Drivers with multiple championships include: Richard Petty (7 championships), Dale Earnhardt (7), Jimmie Johnson (7), Jeff Gordon (4), Lee Petty (3), David Pearson (3), Cale Yarborough (3), Darrell Waltrip (3), Tony Stewart (3), Herb Thomas (2), Tim Flock (2), Buck Baker (2), Joe Weatherly (2), Ned Jarrett (2), Terry Labonte (2) and Kyle Busch (2).
Seventeen drivers have one championship each.
Additionally, there were 19 years in which the NASCAR Cup Series champion won one or more Darlington races in the same year.
In the NASCAR Xfinity Series, 29 drivers have won the series’ championship since 1982.
Drivers with multiple championships include: Jack Ingram (2), Sam Ard (2), Larry Pearson (2), Randy LaJoie (2), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2), Kevin Harvick (2), Martin Truex Jr. (2), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2) and Tyler Reddick (2).
Twenty drivers have one championship each.