Who Owns Darlington Speedway? [Answered!]

It’s time for another edition of Who Owns What in NASCAR, and we’re looking at the infield at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. As we reported last month, there has been a bit of a shift in the teams that call Darlington home. Gone are the days of the traditional Furniture Row team, and in its place are a slew of new partnerships that bring fresh blood into the sport.

The most recent addition to the infield is Haas Automation. The team hails from the high school coaching ranks, with a staff that includes former South Carolina standouts and NCAA champions. The newest team will be looking to make its mark quickly, and with a strong arm comes a strong hauler.

Let’s dive into the data and see who really owns Darlington.

The Teams Have Evolved

Last month we took a look at the top 10 cars in the standings at Darlington, which this year marks the 100th anniversary of the track. In case you missed it, here’s a quick refresher on how the cars are categorized. The numbers in parentheses indicate their position in the yearly standings.

  • Car Number: This is the number that will be displayed on the front license plate of the car. It can range from 1 to 999, and is followed by a hyphen and a three-digit number
  • Name: This is the legal name of the car owner (not the racing team)
  • Car Model: This is the model of the vehicle that the car is based on. It ranges from 1 to 26, and is followed by a hyphen and a four-digit number
  • Engine Number: This is the engine that powers the car. It ranges from 1 to 26, and is followed by a hyphen and a four-digit number
  • CC Number: This is the code for the car, which is assigned by the Confederation of Canadian Motor Sport. It ranges from 1 to 26, and is followed by a hyphen, a five-digit number, and a three-digit number
  • Horsepower: This is the estimated horsepower of the engine, which ranges from 0 to 999 horsepower
  • Year: The year the car was manufactured
  • Make: The name of the brand of the vehicle
  • Model: The name of the version of the vehicle
  • Body Style: The shape of the vehicle
  • Color: The exterior color of the vehicle

We saw a big change this year at Darlington, as eight out of the top 10 cars are now fielded by partnerships. The new faces in the sport are looking to prove their mettle and make some noise. Here’s a look at the evolution of the top 10 cars in the standings, which features multiple ownership and a new driver for nearly all of them.

New Blood At The Top

Haas Automation is making its mark in NASCAR. The team qualified for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with Ryan Haas and is currently 6th in the standings, with two races remaining. It’s a bit of a wild card, as Haas is a former IndyCar Series champion and owns an entertainment company. He also has significant coaching experience, having led South Carolina to a 100-point-plus scoring average in 10 of 13 seasons at the school. He won the 2018 NASCAR Cup with Kevin Harvick.

The No. 16 Chevrolet Camaro is one of six cars that currently make up Haas Automation. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Another new face in the top five is Christopher Dyson (ranked 4th in the standings), who currently drives the No. 26 Chevy Camaro for Richard Childress Racing, after competing in the NASCAR Cup Series with Michael Waltrip Racing in 2017. Dyson is also the grandson of W.D. (“Deadeye”) Devane, a NASCAR legend and winner of the 1958 and 1959 Daytona 500s. Last month we took a look at the top 10 cars in the standings at the beginning of the season, and you’ll notice that none of the cars were owned by teams from outside the U.S. This has changed as well, as three of the top five cars in the standings are owned by international teams. The top five cars in the 2019 standings are owned by:

  • Richard Childress Racing (1st, Chevy Camaro – 6th in 2018)
  • Kahne Motorsports (2nd, Dodge Challenger – 7th in 2018)
  • Joey Logano (3rd, Ford Fusion – 2nd in 2018)
  • Brad Keselowski Racing (4th, Chevy Camaro – 11th in 2018)
  • Haas Automation (5th, Chevy Camaro)
  • Team Penske (6th, Chevy Camaro – 1st in 2018)
  • BJ Racing (7th, Toyota Supra)

It’s the unknown in NASCAR that actually holds the intrigue, though. The biggest question is: will this be the year of the rookie? With all this new blood in the sport, could a 20-year-old join the top five?

Where Do These Teams Come From?

Eight out of the top 10 cars are now fielded by partnerships. This is a brand-new concept in NASCAR, as only two teams out of the top 20 in the standings are owned by single-driver teams. The rest of the teams are affiliated with multi-car teams. Here’s a look at the teams that have evolved at Darlington:

  • Richard Childress Racing (Chevy, Camaro, & Dodge – 5 championships)
  • Joey Logano (Chevy, Camaro, & Ford – 3 championships)
  • Team Penske (Chevy, Camaro, & Ford – 2 championships)
  • Kahne Motorsports (Dodge, Challenger, & Charger – 1 championship)
  • Brad Keselowski Racing (Chevy, Camaro, & Ford – 1 championship)
  • Haas Automation (Chevy, Camaro, & Dodge – 1 championship)
  • Eliminato Racing (Dodge & Charger – 1 championship)
  • BJ Racing (Toyota, Supra & Camaro – 1 championship)

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