NASCAR's Darlington Raceway: The Final 20
Darlington's Southern 500 is in the history books now.
This year, as always, was filled with excitement, drama, and some nail biting racing.
Mark Martin would be the victor, his second this year, Dale Jr's problems would continue, a rookie would finish in the top 10 for the 12th time in the past nine years, and the Lady in Black would once again show she's a force to be reckoned with.
The enclosed race day pictures give you a glimpse of the Darlington tradition, from the driver introductions all the way to the checkered flag.
The first picture shows 16 previous winners at Darlington. A few drivers missing were Dale Jarrett, Terry Labonte, Ward Burton, Ricky Craven, and of course Dale Earnhardt, who was there in spirit.
Fans were treated to a pre-race concert sponsored by Vault.
A lone guitar hides behind the mesh back drop.
Little Red Corvette
Kasey Kahne takes a ride in a red Corvette during driver introductions.
Kiss and Tell
Juan Pablo Montoya blows kisses to the crowd.
A "kiss" to his rear bumper during the race would send him spinning.
No Thom Thumb
Joey Lagano gives a thumbs up pre-race.
He would get a thumbs up post race from Jimmie Johnson.
No Pepsi Products at Darlington This Year
Jr. must have missed that memo.
Royalty at Darlington
King Richard letting someone else do the driving at Darlington.
Mothers escorting their son's to driver introductions is a Mothers Day tradition at Darlington.
For all the mothers reading this, Happy Mothers Day.
A Goodyear So Far
Ryan Newman has plenty of tires for the Track to-tough-to-tame.
Listed as a crew member for RCR, Delana Harvick prepares to document important race information.
I won at Talladega
Looking like an alien, Brad Keselowski driving for the race sponsor hopes a Go Daddy Girl is in his future.
Point man Jeff Gordon brings the train to pit road for the first stops of the night.
Point Has a Newman
Ryan Newman shows the way in the early going of the Southern 500.
No Smoking Section
Denny Hamlin gets caught smoking between turns one and two.
We Are Not ServiceMaster
Earnhardt Jr. gets some service from his crew.
The back of Jr's car shows damage, the sign on the wall shows his chances of winning, and most likely his chances of making the chase.
Slower Lap Times
The checkered flag caused Martin's car to experience a bit slower lap time.
Fireworks Off the track
Post race fireworks celebrate the finish of another Southern 500.
Post Race Speed
Tony Stewart talks to Speed outside the media center at Darlington.
The Real Go Daddy
Mark Martin holds a post race press conference at Darlington.
The scoring pylon, post race, at Darlington Raceway.
The numbers tell a tale—six of the top seven finishers have some connection to Hendrick's Motorsports.