The 2023 Goodyear 400
Sunday, May 14, 2023

The 2023 Goodyear 400 is set to take place at the historic Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, a track famous for its challenging nature and tire-destroying capabilities. Known as “The Lady in Black” and “The Track Too Tough to Tame,” Darlington is a true test for NASCAR drivers due to its high banks and asymmetrical turns.

Pit stop accuracy and tire management will be paramount in this race, as the track’s surface is particularly tough on tires. While Toyota has traditionally performed well at Darlington, the introduction of the NextGen cars means that past model data may be less relevant.

Top contenders for the 2023 Goodyear 400 include Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex, Kyle Larson, and Denny Hamlin, who all have vital track records at Darlington. On the other hand, Joey Logano’s recent performance suggests he may struggle in this race. In contrast, despite their less impressive track history, Chase Elliott and William Byron could be solid choices. Erik Jones emerges as a potential sleeper pick for race fans looking to root for an underdog.

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Season: 2023 Cup Series Race 13 of 36

Race Distance: 293 laps (1.366 miles per lap) / 400.238 total miles or 644.121 kilometers

Cars/Drivers: 36

2022 Winner: Joey Logano

Qualifying: Saturday, May 13, 2023 — 11:20 AM ET

Race: Sunday, May 14, 2023 — 3:00 PM ET

Watch: FS1



Tickets for the 2023 Goodyear 400 are available at many online ticket sites including StubHub.

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About the Goodyear 400

The Goodyear 400 is a NASCAR Cup Series race at the historic Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. Though the event dates back to 1950, it was officially named the Goodyear 400 in 2021. The race has had several names due to sponsorship agreements, including the Southern 500 and Rebel 500. Legends like Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, and Jeff Gordon have conquered the challenging track.

Darlington Raceway's unique shape and challenging design, featuring high banks and asymmetrical turns, earned nicknames like "The Lady in Black" and "The Track Too Tough to Tame." Traditionally, the event is held on Labor Day weekend and is now part of NASCAR's throwback weekend, featuring vintage paint schemes and gear. The Goodyear 400 remains a highly anticipated event, showcasing drivers' skill and determination on one of the most challenging tracks in the sport.

The Venue: Darlington Raceway


Darlington Raceway is the race venue for the 2023 Goodyear 400. Image Source: Darlington Raceway

The Map: Darlington Raceway