Cook Out Southern 500

Darlington Raceway Race Track
Darlington Raceway Location

Darlington, South Carolina, United States



NASCAR Cup Series race at DR

Darlington Raceway Race Track

Race Track

Madison, Illinois, United States

Madison, Illinois, United States

Sunday June 5, 2022

3:30 pm ET

Madison, Illinois, United States

Sunday, September 1, 2024

6:00 PM

Betting Insights for Southern 500

Joe Gibbs Racing has graced the winner’s circle for five of the last nine Cook Out Southern 500 races. One of the off-year victors was Martin Truex, Jr., who was driving for Furniture Row Racing in 2016 but now races for JGR. If bettors that follow trends were to follow this event, this is not the year for a JGR driver to win as they have alternated winning years since 2013, taking only the odd years.

Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick are the only active drivers with multiple wins at the Southern 500, with Hamlin’s wins coming in 2010, 2017, and 2021, while Harvick’s victories occurred in 2014 and 2020.

With Toyota winning five of the last seven events here, Ford is the only challenger, with their wins coming in 2018 with Brad Keselowski and in 2020 with Harvick. Trends would favor a Ford for the 2020 season, but with Toyota’s dominance here, Joe Gibbs Racing can’t be counted out.

Southern 500 Race details

Date: Sunday, September 1, 2024
Hour: 18:00 EST
Track: Darlington Raceway
Location: Darlington, SC, USA
Distance: 367 laps around the 1.366-mile oval for a total of 501.322 miles.

How To Read NASCAR Betting Odds

Before you bet on NASCAR race, there are different ways to bet on NASCAR races. Futures bets, where you place a wager on a result to be determined later, such as “who will win the cup series.” Then, there are weekly wagers on who will win the race or driver match-ups where you wager on which driver will place ahead of the other.
When wagering on NASCAR, you might notice the favorite will almost always have a plus sign next to their odds. In other sports, the favorite is usually shown with a minus sign next to the odds. If the favorite has a minus sign such as -120, you have to wager that number to profit $100. As an example, you have to bet $120 to win $220, a profit of $100. If the race favorite has a plus sign next to his name, like +120, then that is what you would profit by betting $100.

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History of this race

The Cook Out Southern 500 is widely known as the oldest superspeedway race and one of the crown jewels of the NASCAR calendar. With the oddly shaped track configuration of an asymmetrical egg shape and rough surface, the track is unforgiving and makes for an interesting and difficult car setup, especially in the Darlington heat in September each year.

Originally run on Labor Day weekend each season, the Ferko lawsuit in 2004 forced the race to move to Mother’s Day weekend, typically avoided by NASCAR. It was run on the Saturday night before Mother’s Day until 2015, when it was moved back to Labor Day weekend, where it is currently on the schedule.

Fun Facts about NASCAR Southern 500 race

  • The first running of the Cook Out Southern 500 in 1950 took more than six hours to complete, with several cars experiencing blown tires. The eventual winner, Johnny Mantz, drove a more tire-conscious race, preserving his tires and the win.

  • In 1967, “the King” Richard Petty would win his only Cook Out Southern 500.

  • 1982 was a race for the record books. In all, there were 14 cautions and 41 lead changes between 17 different drivers. With all the cautions, it helped to set the stage for a four-car shootout for the ages when veterans, Richard Petty and Cale Yarbrough took on young guns, Dale Earnhardt and Bill Elliott. Yarbrough won the battle with a close victory over his now fellow Hall of Famers to record his record fifth Cook Out Southern 500.

  • Regan Smith earned his first NASCAR victory in 2011 at the Cook Out Southern 500 by edging out Carl Edwards after staying out during a late caution.

  • The 2015 race marked not only the return of the Cook Out Southern 500 to Labor Day weekend but also an experiment by NASCAR to remove some downforce on the cars. The result was intense racing throughout the day, with an average green-lap stint of 14.7 laps due to a record-breaking 18 caution flags during the race. Carl Edwards would come back from two laps down to take the victory for his second win of the season.

NASCAR Standings

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NASCAR Southern 500 Betting tips

Of the top five favorites to win the Pennzoil 400 (Truex, Jr; Harvick; Larson; Keselowski; and Logano), my money is on Larson at +500. He won last week at Fontana and was in the hunt at Daytona before being involved in a group crash with six laps to go. I look for him to repeat at the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube.

The fastest race average speed in a NASCAR race at Las Vegas is held by Keselowski at 154.633 mph. The fastest qualifying lap of 196.378 mph was turned in by Kyle Busch in 2016. With Keselowski now driving for his own race team this season, I look for him to turn the fastest lap this year.

Head-to-head matchups allow bettors to focus on a certain head-to-head battle between two racers, rather than the more general wager of winning the race. These matchups are typically between two drivers or a group of four drivers. Bettors select which driver will have a better result in the race.

For my NASCAR prediction this week for driver match-ups, I really like the Joey Logano vs. Kyle Busch match-up. Logano has been very fast on the speedways so far this season and it seems the team doesn’t have Busch’s set up quite dialed in yet to be on the podium.

If you’re looking to bet on a top-5 finisher for the season in 2022, 7 of the last 9 winners at Las Vegas have gone on to a top-5 finish.

The odds-on favorite to finish atop the season podium is last season’s champion, Kyle Larson (+450). He has come out strong in his Chevrolet so far with a win and a pole. Look for him to finish top-3 at Las Vegas and to dominate in the playoffs as he did last season by winning four of the last five races.

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NASCAR Southern 500 FAQs

Chevrolet dominates the race victories list with 27 all-time wins.

Jeff Gordon surpassed the great Cale Yarbrough in 2007 with his sixth victory.

From 1986 to 2012, Hendrick Motorsports compiled an all-time high 11 wins, with Jeff Gordon (6) and Jimmie Johnson (2) leading the way.

No. Until 1984, the race was held on the actual Labor Day (Monday).

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